consists of nine digital pioneering countries — Canada, Estonia, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, Republic of Korea, United Kingdom and Uruguay. The group started as D5 in 2014, and over the years grew as more countries joined to D7 and now D9.
The group’s focus is on improving digital government and helping one another through knowledge sharing and common projects.
Each year, D9 nations come together through a summit hosted by one of the members. Each summit explores a different area(s):
There’s no information on the site about 2020, but perhaps COVID-19 has got something to do with that.
D9 currently has four themes they’re actively focused on:
Principles D9 follows
According to the D9 website, the nation participants follow these key principles:
- User needs
- Open standards
- Open source
- Open markets
- Open government
- Teaching children to code
- Assisted digital
- A commitment to share and learn
Many of these principles are common themes explored during our , and our in general, especially around the areas of open standards, open source and open government. For example, recent DTIGs have included:
- 1. Understand user needs
- 3. Agile and user-centred process
- 7. Use open standards and common platforms
- 8. Make source code open
Salsa Digital’s take
D9 is an exciting initiative that ties in well with Salsa’s vision — to help governments become more open, more connected and more consolidated. D9 shows governments around the world working together, sharing knowledge and building on each other’s strengths. We’re also advocates for many of D9’s principles, especially around open standards, open source, and open government. In addition, we’re also passionate about data and how Australia (and other countries) can leverage the new world of open data and APIs, which aligns with D9’s theme. Moving forward, we’d like to see the D9 become the D10...with the addition of Australia. Let’s make it happen!