The global emergence of the digital economy is transforming the institution of governance around the world. Digitalization is a key theme in the transformation of governance and the provision of public services. Many countries, including Russia, have a plan to improve governance through the introduction of digital technologies. The experience of other countries shows how governments collect and process large amounts of data using new digital technologies. This work has resulted in the creation of new products and services that are in high demand among society, business, and governments. Governments play a key role alongside high-tech businesses in establishing a digital economy and ensuring a country attains a leading position. What strategic national projects exist for building a digital state to improve the quality of peoples lives and businesses? What factors are driving and hindering development in the race for high technologies in governance? What public services will be in demand among citizens and the business community in the new technological era?