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UK hands over D5 presidency to Estonia

14.10.2015

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The Digital 5, or D5, is a network of leading digital governments with the goal of strengthening the digital economy.[1]

The members are bonded by the principle of openness; they are focused on changing government’s relationship with technology by adopting open standards and open-source software as well as making digital government more effective. They intend to bring in digital skills in-house and encourage short-term contracts with small and medium business suppliers. Discussions at their inaugural meetup included connectivity, teaching children to code, and open markets.[2] The group will meet annually to showcase digital accomplishments by governments around the world.

Group of the world’s most advanced digital nations to hold next summit in Tallinn in November. The UK has handed over the presidency of the D5 group of the world’s most digitally advanced nations to Estonia.

The handover took place during a bilateral meeting between the Estonian and UK prime ministers, Taavi Rõivas and David Cameron, which discussed how the two governments can continue to work together to advance digital government.

The D5, which was set up by the UK in 2014, brings together the world’s most digitally advanced nations to explore and share ways of providing better digital government services. The members of the group – the UK, Estonia, South Korea, New Zealand and Israel – all have a track record in digital government, including designing services around users’ needs and sharing open source solutions. Other governments are understood to have expressed an interest in joining the group.

Minister for the Cabinet Office Matt Hancock said: “The D5 is a very special international collaboration. It shows how different nations can work hand in glove to solve shared problems and advance the common good. I’m thrilled to now pass the mantle on to Estonia, which is at the cutting-edge of digital government.”

Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas said: “Estonia is honoured to take over the chairmanship of the D5 and host the upcoming summit in Tallinn in November. We thank and commend the UK for initiating this valuable network for exchange of world-class digital government practices and stewarding its first year.”

The inaugural D5 summit was held in London last year with this year’s summit being held in Tallinn on Novermber 19 and 20.

A new project, UK Estonia TechLink, is expected to be announced at the summit. The project is designed to create and support public and private partnerships between the two countries in technology, innovation and science. It will focus on areas such as financial technology, cyber security, digital government, biotech, smart city development and education.

Source: Government Computing website

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