The 2001 Digital State Survey focused on eight areas of digital technologies:
Law Enforcement and the Courts: The utilization of digital technologies by the judicial system, including online access to court opinions, the use of digital communications by police agencies and the availability of digital signature capability for contracts and filings.
Social Services: The availability of online information regarding program eligibility and application procedures and the application of digital technologies such as electronic benefit transfer (EBT) systems and smart cards for benefits delivery.
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Electronic Commerce/Business Regulation: The availability of regulations, forms and online assistance, and the ability to submit required paperwork using the Internet.
Taxation/Revenue: The ability of taxpayers to obtain information, submit returns and correspond with revenue authorities online, and the ability of states to use digital technologies to store and retrieve taxpayer information.
Digital Democracy: The application of digital technologies to permit Internet access to laws, government officials and other sources of information on the functions of various branches of government.
Management/Administration: The adoption of new information technologies with applicability across programs and agencies, and investment in long-term information technology infrastructure.
Education: The utilization of digital technologies for educational purposes, including providing students and teachers with computers and access to the Internet and administrative functions like admissions, financial aid and course registration.
GIS/Transportation (new category): The utilization of digital technologies as a management tool for functions such as making decisions in economic development, law enforcement and fire, and a mapping tool for storing, analyzing and printing data.
Based on the overall scores from all four parts of the survey, here are the top-25 ranked states in the 2001 Digital State Survey:
1st Illinois (tie)
1st Kansas (tie)
5th Arizona (tie)
5th Maine (tie)
7th New Jersey (tie)
7th Utah (tie)
9th Ohio (tie)
9th Michigan (tie)
12th South Dakota
16th New York
19th Minnesota (tie)
19th Georgia (tie)
21st North Carolina