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Maria-Francesca Spatolisano, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, said, “The future is not digital, but hybrid.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 27 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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27 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY

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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Maria-Francesca Spatolisano, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA):
“Technology is also blurring the lines between the physical and the digital spheres. There is no longer a clear distinction or a separation between what is government and what is e-government.”
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5. SOUNDBITE (English) Maria-Francesca Spatolisano, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA):
“The Global Government Development Index has increased overall - and that's good news - but the remain deep divides especially in Africa, especially in Sub Saharan Africa, the least developed countries and the small island developing states.”
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7. SOUNDBITE (English) Maria-Francesca Spatolisano, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA):
“The future is not digital, but hybrid. I like this one because it puts the emphasis on the people. People are still there; we cannot be 100% Digital. Different forms of digital divides are not only persistent but have been amplified because of the pandemic, and this includes gender divides, urban versus rural divide, and the digital age divide the young versus the older and the persons with disabilities.”
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9. SOUNDBITE (English) Maria-Francesca Spatolisano, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA):
“The digital government is key to the future of government in preparing for future crises and shocks that we anticipate, or we still have yet to foresee, and wars and emergencies as we witnessed how e-government plays a role in Ukraine.”
10. Med shot, speakers at dais
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Maria-Francesca Spatolisano, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA):
“Fulfilling the UN vision in leaving no one behind will require us to leave no one offline.”
12. Wide shot, speakers at dais, journalists, press room

STORYLINE:
Maria-Francesca Spatolisano, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), said, “The future is not digital, but hybrid.”

Briefing reporters today (28 Sep) In New York on the 2022 edition of the United Nations E-Government Survey - The Future of Digital Government, Spatolisano said, “Technology is blurring the lines between the physical and the digital spheres.

She continued, “There is no longer a clear distinction or a separation between what is government and what is e-government.”

Spatolisano noted that the Global Government Development Index had increased overall. Still, deep divides remain, “especially in Africa, especially in Sub Saharan Africa, the least developed countries and the small island developing states.”

She continued, “Different forms of digital divides are not only persistent but have been amplified because of the pandemic, and this includes gender divides, urban versus rural divide, and the digital age divide, the young versus the older and the persons with disabilities.”

She stated, “The digital government is key to the future of government in preparing for future crises and shocks that we anticipate all we have yet to foresee and wars and emergencies as we witnessed how e-government plays a role in Ukraine.”

Cloud computing and small satellites in low Earth Orbit (LEO) technologies - providing Internet access - are helping Ukraine’s government to rebuild and ensure continuity of citizen services and essential governmental functions following the disaster.

Spatolisano concluded, “Fulfilling the UN vision in leaving no one behind will require us to leave no one offline.”

The United Nations E-Government Survey 2022 is the 12th edition of the United Nations’ assessment of the digital government landscape across all 193 Member States.

The E-Government Survey is informed by over two decades of longitudinal research, with a ranking of countries based on the United Nations E-Government Development Index (EGDI), a combination of primary data (collected and owned by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs) and secondary data from other UN agencies.

This edition of the Survey includes data analysis in global and regional contexts, a study of local e-government development based on the United Nations Local Online Service Index (LOSI), consideration of inclusion in the hybrid digital society, and a concluding chapter that outlines the trends and developments related to the future of digital government.

It features extensive annexes on its data, methodology, and related pilot study initiatives.
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