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Estonia retained it's second position in the Freedom House's 2015 internet freedom index for another year. Source: (Adikos/Creative Commons)

The United Kingdom has handed over the presidency of D5 – a group of five countries that work together to advance digital government – to Estonia.

The UK hosted the first summit of a new global network called D5 in December 2014.

Designed to unite some of the most digitally advanced governments in the world, the founding members are UK, Estonia, South Korea, Israel and New Zealand, but some other countries are understood to have expressed an interest in joining the group.

“All five countries have a record of excellence in digital government. They design services around users’ needs and share open source solutions with other nations,” said UK Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude at the opening summit.

British Prime Minister David Cameron handed over the presidency during the meeting with his Estonian counterpart Taavi Rõivas in London last Friday.

Estonia will host the upcoming D5 summit in November.

"Estonia is honoured to take over the chairmanship of the D5 and host the upcoming summit in Tallinn. We thank and commend the UK for initiating this valuable network for exchange of world-class digital government practices and stewarding its first year," Rõivas said.

Editor: S. Tambur

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