E-government development is high on political agendas, but the emphasis has mainly been on national priorities and progress, with the assessment of local e-government maturity remaining in the early stages and relatively rare. Considering cities are essentially a collection of human, social, economic and cultural networks and in which the public processes that support social cohesiveness and development can be optimized and made more efficient and efficacious, increased attention should be given to assessing the online presence of local government in cities—a fundamental aspect of e-government. Towards this end, UN DESA and UNU-EGOV established the Local Online Service Index (LOSI) in assessing cities’ role as service providers and examining city portals as the key mechanism for e-government in such contexts. To be more specific, LOSI captures e-government development at the local level, by assessing information and services provided by cities through official websites. It started as a pilot study in 2018 assessing portals in 40 cities across different regions of the world to include the biggest city in all 193 Member States.
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