Different aspects of transparency in digital government: The danish case

Ayo Næsborg Andersen, Hanne Marie Motzfeldt

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The public sector in Denmark is the most digitized in the world. Recent years have, however, shown that transparency is challenged, and public debate has exploded. The focus has in many ways been on a lack of transparency, but the public debate has been muddled by a lack of clarity on what the term means. This paper identifies four different aspects of transparency when it comes to digital government. This is transparency of algorithms, and of data, as well as of the decision processes when digitalization and development are initiated. The latter can be divided into transparency of administrative decisions, and of democratic debate. The democratic transparency has been sorely lacking in Denmark leading to a significant democratic deficit in digital government. This is due to very low transparency when decisions on digitization measures are presented for the democratic elected representatives. The latter in particular calls for more research, since lack of democratic transparency poses a danger to the stability of democratic societies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th European Conference on Digital Government, ECDG 2019
EditorsTugberk Kaya
Number of pages8
PublisherAcademic Conferences and Publishing International
Publication date2019
ISBN (Print)9781912764402
ISBN (Electronic)9781912764396
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event19th European Conference on Digital Government, ECDG 2019 - Nicosia, Northern Cyprus, Cyprus
Duration: 24. Oct 201925. Oct 2019


Conference19th European Conference on Digital Government, ECDG 2019
CityNicosia, Northern Cyprus
SeriesProceedings of the European Conference on e-Government, ECEG


  • Algorithm transparency
  • Data
  • Democracy
  • Digital government
  • Digitalization
  • Legislative process
  • Transparency


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