The Digital 5 Nations

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The D5 group of countries are the ones who have a track record of excellence in digital government and are committed to meeting principles laid out by participant member countries to advance digital government.

The group is there to share the best practices and innovation in digital government policies, identify the methods to improve digital services, collaborate and support to champion digital economies.

“The digitally most advanced countries have signed a charter to cooperate on digital innovation and practices to advance citizen benefits.”

The 9 principles of D5 charter signed on 9 Dec 2014:

  1. User Needs: The design of public services for the citizen.
  2. Open Standards: Interoperability and commitment to encourage royalty free open standards policy
  3. Open Source: Code and manuals to be shareable
  4. Open Markets: In government procurement, create true competition for companies by open bidding through the use of digital market places. The focus shall be on using agile delivery, buying cloud services and building in-house engineering, operations capability and encouraging start-up culture.
  5. Open Government: Be a member of open government partnership and use open licenses to produce and consume data
  6. Connectivity: High quality digital infrastructure b focusing on machine-to-machine technology, internet of things and 5G mobile networks
  7. Teach children to code: Coming generation should not become used to readymade applications rather they should be creative and bring new advancements in digital technology to their nation.
  8. Assisted Digital: Support all citizens to access digital services
  9. Commit to share and learn

The charter in December 2014 was signed by following 5 participant countries –

  1. South Korea
  2. New Zealand
  3. Estonia
  4. United Kingdom
  5. Israel

D5 has now been joined by 2 more countries and can be well called D7 –

  1. Canada
  2. Uruguay

It will be interesting to see how these governments are advancing digital principles in their country.


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