Prof. Dr. Toshio Obi
Institute of e-Government, Waseda University
This book is published as the memorial achievements of Institute of e-Government, Waseda University for one decade on its activities e-Government ranking survey as one of various programs since the establishment of the Institute in 2001. It is great honor and much pleasure that I have edited and contributed to the contents of this book as 7th publication of Global Governance Series by IOS Press. During one decade since 2005 which started this ranking survey, there have been a wide range of challenges on changing technologies such as IOT, Big data, Cloud and 4G mobile under new internet/digital economy in addition to rapid growth of ICT innovation and applications.
This volume is divided into 3 parts; one, e-Government ranking survey; second, findings and trends, and third, 63 country reports.
I am deeply indebted to my colleges and staff of the Institute as well as International Academy of CIO which I have been serving as president. In addition, I have learnt from partners such as UNDESA, ITU, OECD, WB and APEC as well as many academia institutions and research centers.
As the editor of the book, I would express particular attention to encouraging policy reforms to support the usability by citizens as users with demand side centric comprehensive approach and enabling new mechanisms for sharing the common solution oriented approach. Also, I suggest effective partnership among government, business and academia (civil society) to create innovative governance model for public and private partnership (PPP) in global context. To set up the national priority, the lessons leant from the best practices in the book will contribute to the parties concerned.
My deep appreciation is extended to the distinguished Experts Group composed of Prof. Auffret, George Mason University, USA, Prof. Swee, National University of Singapore, Prof. Buccoliero, Bocconi University, Italy, Dr.Estevez, Senior researcher, United National University, Prof. Suhono, Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia, Prof. Magno, La Salle University, Philippines, Prof. Yang, Peking University, China, Prof. Sunkpho, Thammasat University, Thailand, Prof. Ryzhov, Federal Academy of National Economy, Russia, Prof. Zdenek, Czech Technical University, Prof. Dahlberg, University of Turku,Finland. And also hard working Researchers at Institute of e-Government, Waseda University such as Pingky, Bandaxay, Giguere, Anh and Yang. Special thanks should be delivered to both Prof. Iwasaki and Hien of the Institute for their energetic and outstanding support.
Finally, I think there are some issues left for further discussion such as e-Government vs digital government, also, Chief Information Officer vs Chief Innovation Officer, in addition, new international ranking survey for mega e-cities and e-local governments in the future. I trust the readers will learn a lot on e-government issues from this book.