UN ranks Uruguay first in Latin America for digital inclusion, transparency

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Uruguay has been placed first in Latin America for digital inclusion and transparency based on a recent United Nations ranking, the head of the country's e-government development agency Agesic, José Clastornik, announced at an international e-government event held in capital Montevideo.

Clastornik said the ranking is the result of the country's efforts in building telecoms infrastructure and training in technology use, and a solid legal and institutional framework enabling the growth of these areas, the president's office reported.

At the event, Clastornik discussed the importance of using technology as a tool to facilitate managing the relationship between the state and its citizens.

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Uruguayan President José Mujica talked along the same lines during his opening speech at the conference. He said technology and science can help in people's lives when handled properly, but noted that when handled poorly they can be a way to concentrate power. He stressed that technology is not neutral in politics.

The event was attended by 1,000 participants and experts from countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, South Korea, France and the UK. At the conference they discussed the integration of the state in terms of e-government.