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Nation's Web sites top global survey of e-governments

CNA , TAIPEI

Taiwan ranks first in the world in terms of government online services and information, according to the Cabinet-level Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS).

Citing the recently released fourth annual Global e-Government Survey conducted by researchers at Brown University in the US, DGBAS officials said that Taiwan topped the list of 198 countries around the world, followed by Singapore, the US, Canada and Monaco.

The study reviewed 1,935 government Web sites in 198 nations during June, July and August of this year.

Among the sites ana-lyzed were those of executive offices, judicial offices, Cabinet offices and major agencies serving crucial functions of government, such as health, social services, taxation, education, interior, economic development, administration and natural resources.

Using the number of services plus access to information, disability access, privacy, security, and foreign language translation as the criteria, the researchers rated each country on a point scale from 0 to 100.

Taiwan jumped to the No. 1 spot in this year's survey after ranking fifth overall last year.

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