Saturday, April 06, 2002

For a while, most of us have guessed that Singapore was pretty far ahead on the e-government implementation curve. It's been hard to see what you could and couldn't do from afar, but I've spent some time looking recently. One of their best sites is "SIR", for Singapore Immigration & Registration. This month they've introduced a feature that lets you look up someone who presents you and ID card to make sure that it is legitimate. I'm guessing that this ID card gives a Singapore resident a single reference number that lets them access all government services - so no data sharing issues? No privacy issues and an easy route to cross-department joined up transactions?

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