Brown University's Taubman Centre for Public Policy has completed its sixth annual analysis of online government services offered by 198 nations around the world. The researchers find that many nations are improving services and providing information for users.
The United States ranks fourth, behind South Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore. Asian countries once again dominate e-Government ratings, taking three of the top five spots. The study shows that 29 percent of government agencies around the world are offering online services, compared to 19 percent in 2005. The researchers evaluated government websites based on two dozen criteria, including disability access, existence of publications and databases, presence of privacy and security policies, contact information, and the number of online services. This year's study reviewed 1,782 government websites during June and July 2006. A variety of different sites were analysed, including executive, legislative and judicial offices as well as such departments and ministries of the government as health, education, foreign affairs, interior, finance, natural resources, foreign investment, transportation, military, tourism and telecommunication.