UN Publications: World Public Sector Report: E-Government at the Cross Roads Excerpt: "The World Public Sector Report 2003 “E-government at the Crossroads” provides an analysis of the status of e-government in the world today. It adopts the UN Millennium Declaration as its analytical framework and presents the UN Global E-government Survey 2003, with a global ranking of Member States as to their e-government readiness. The main message of the report is that development and the existence of e-government applications do not necessarily reflect the quality of life in a country."
Ironically, the report does not appear to be available online, but some of its conclusions are summarized in Mark Stevenson's AP story - including "The United States led the rankings of e-government "readiness," or the amount of information, services and products offered over the Internet combined with the infrastructure - such as telephones, computers and Internet connections - needed to access them.
Sweden ranked second, followed by Australia, Denmark, Great Britain, Canada, Norway, Switzerland, Germany and Finland."