State of Hawaii

State moves higher
in digital rankings

Hawaii's government is ranked third
for relaying information via the Internet

Associated Press

Hawaii's government ranks third in the nation for delivering commerce and business services online, Gov. Ben Cayetano announced yesterday.

The rankings are in the 2002 Digital State Survey conducted by the Center for Digital Government, Government Technology magazine and the Progress and Freedom Foundation.

Hawaii, which ranked 49th two years ago, was ranked No. 3 this year in electronic government and business regulation.

"There is no doubt that Internet technology is paying off for our state government," Cayetano said. "Clearly, Hawaii is a leader in technology and electronic government, making it easier for citizens and public agencies to interact."

The state was also ranked 11th in the technology management and administration, or the adoption of new information technologies with applicability across programs and agencies and investment in long-term information technology infrastructure.

Hawaii ranked 27th in "digital democracy" category, which measured the application of digital technology to permit Internet access to laws, candidate information and electronic voting technologies.

Two years ago, the state launched its eHawaiiGov program, which provides online access to government services and information.

The Hawaii Information Consortium, a wholly owned subsidiary of eGovernment firm NIC, built and has managed the state Web site. The consortium has a contract to run the site through January 2005.

"Constituents can now file their taxes, renew a business registration or professional license, order vital records and obtain hunting and fishing licenses online," said Kathryn Matayoshi, director of the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.

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