Estonian e-governance think tank launches a guide to digital society

Estonia is widely known as digital country, but so far there weren’t any practical and comprehensive handbooks on how and of what the digital society is really made of. Now, the Estonian e-Governance Academy (eGA) has gathered all knowledge on e-governance into the publication “e-Governance in Practice” that gives an overview on creating and managing digital society, covering all main domains, such as cyber security, interoperability, infrastructure, enablers, e-democracy, legislation, educational programs and many critical e-services.

Governments all over the world are looking for the most appropriate models of digital society. The guide launched by eGA provides an easy to follow step-by-step approach to main areas of e-governance.

“Providing consultations on e-governance since 2002, eGA’s experts have met the same questions from different countries and managerial levels. This manual will answer the majority of those questions and support countries in process of moving towards an information society,” Sandra Roosna, one of the initiators of the publication, said.

Sandra Roosna and Rein Sikk

An e-governance think tank, eGA was founded for the creation and transfer of knowledge concerning the development of digital society. The think tank trains and advises leaders and stakeholders to increase government efficiency, and to improve democratic processes. So far, eGA has shared knowledge of e-administration with over 3,000 officials from more than 60 countries across the world.

The organisation has also assisted in the implementation of e-government technical solutions. For example, eGA has helped implement Estonian-invented, secured data exchange environment X-road, in cooperation with Estonian IT-companies in Namibia, Faroe Islands, Kyrgyzstan, Tunisia and the Palestinian territories; the work continues in Ukraine.

In addition to Roosna, the head of the national cyber security domain at eGa and other experts within the think tank participated in the preparation of the guide. First edition was presented to the guests of the recent Tallinn e-Governance Conference that brought together representatives from 54 countries.

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