D5

The Digital 5, or D5, is a network of the world’s most advanced digital nations, with a shared goal of strengthening the digital economy. It was founded in London in late 2014 by the United Kingdom, Estonia, Israel, New Zealand and South Korea.

The D5 provides a focused forum to share best practice, identify how to improve the member-countries’ digital services, collaborate on common projects and to support and champion our growing digital economies.

The founders of the group all have a track record in leading digital government, including designing services around users’ needs and sharing open source solutions with other nations. They aim to work hand in hand to solve shared problems, exchange world-class digital practices and jointly advance the digital government of tomorrow.

D5 in New Zealand

New Zealand will be hosting the D5 summit in February 2018.

Key documents

D5 Charter (PDF, 417KB)

Busan Declaration (PDF, 890KB)

D5 member-countries

Estonia

Estonia is renowned as one of the most advanced digital nations in the world. Their e-solutions have resulted in high levels of government transparency and accessibility, safe and flexible exchange of private, government and corporate data, easy access to social services for its citizens and a prosperous environment for business and entrepreneurship.

e-Estonia’s digital society is made possible mainly by its infrastructure – an open, decentralised system that links together various services and databases allowing new components of its digital society to be developed and added through the years. 

Israel

The Israeli government is changing the way it provides essential services to its citizens through the Digital Israel initiative. This initiative promotes the use of digital services in the public sector especially in important areas such as education, healthcare and welfare, and the use of digital technology in business, particularly by small and medium-sized businesses.

Digital Israel is also about using IT for better interaction between government and people, growing the economy and improving social welfare. The Israeli fibre-optic communication project will give the country one of the world’s most advanced broadband networks, giving Israeli households and businesses access to superfast internet.

South Korea

The Republic of Korea has created the concept of ’Government 3.0’ as a new model for providing public services. Under Government 3.0, the government will provide personalised digital services. Government 3.0 also aims to support new jobs by opening up and removing barriers to sharing public information among government agencies and municipalities.

United Kingdom

The UK Government is building on the success of its 2012 Government Digital Strategy with the release of their Government Transformation Strategy 2017-2020. Aside from covering the continued development of the UK's world-class digital services, this digitally-enabled transformation is also about:

  • growing the right people, skills and culture
  • building better workplace tools processes and governance
  • making better use of data
  • creating shared platforms to speed up transformation

Since its foundation in 2011, the Government Digital Services has attracted much praise for its 'Digital by Default' strategy, the concept of 'Government as a Platform', and its work on service design such as GOV.UK Verify.

Page last updated: 03/04/2017