According to the UK Public Accounts Committee report, by the end of March 2004, 254 government IT projects had been reviewed, with 50% getting an amber rating, 28% red, and 22% green.
UK Office of Government Commerce estimates 2005-2006 government spending on IT to reach 15 bln pounds.
British consumers spent 1.4 bln pounds online in April 2005, 29.3% more than in April 2004, reports the Interactive Media in Retail Group.
British researcher YouGov found that while 50% of first-time voters voted on Big Brother reality TV show, just 40% of them will vote in general elections. At the same time, 70% of young people are “very interested” in issues such as taxes, the environment and healthcare.
IBM and Economist magazine conducted e-readiness survey for countries around the world. A country’s e-readiness score is a measure of its e-business environment, a collection of factors that indicate how amenable a market is to Internet-based opportunities.
Global e-readiness rankings
|Rank, 2005||Rank, 2004||Country||Score, 2005||Score, 2004|
|6 (tie)||9||Hong Kong||8.32||7.97|
|29||27 (tie)||Czech Republic||6.09||6.47|
|32 (tie)||32||South Africa||5.53||5.79|
|56||52 (tie)||Sri Lanka||3.80||3.96|
|Source: IBM, Economist|
According to UK Department of Education and Skills, 12% of UK citizens use the government services online. 90% of survey participants, however, said that they would be interested in promoting such services to other citizens.
Internet transactions account for 30% of all transactions with Canadian government. The number of online transactions quadrupled over the past three years since Government OnLine project was launched in Canada.
34% of online US households will file their taxes electronically in 2005, up from 28% in 2004, according to a survey by the Conference Board and research company TNS. About 55% online filers said they have been using the Net to file their taxes for more than three years.
Input predicts that state and local governments will increase their IT spending from $48 bln in fiscal 2005 to about $70 bln by fiscal 2010. IT spending in professional services will lead the market with a 14.2% compounded annual growth rate through 2010; telecommunications will see an 11.4% growth rate; and software is projected to receive an 8% growth rate.
Government research agency Input estimates $11 bln will be distributed to technology companies from US government as Homeland Security spending increases. Most grants will filter down to state and local governments, with programs for improving identification measures (like improved drivers license IDs) will be implemented at state and local levels.