Sten Hankewitz

Sten Hankewitz is a lifelong journalist and the Executive Editor at Estonian World. Having lived in Estonia, Spain, the UK and all around the US, he now resides in Chicago, IL. He loves to write and besides working at Estonian World and doing some occasional blogging, he writes books and contributes to other outlets in Estonia, Israel and elsewhere. He has strong convictions and he shows them unashamedly. You can follow him on Twitter, like his page on Facebook or check out his personal blog. You can write to Sten at sten@estonianworld.com.

An Estonian consortium tests an autonomous bus in Greece

An Estonian consortium has completed an autonomous public transport pilot project in Greece; in two months, the Estonian autonomous bus, “Iseauto”, drove 1,930 kilometres (1,200 miles) on the streets of Lamia, carrying over 400 people. The autonomous minibus, developed by Tallinn University of Technology – also known as TalTech – …

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The Tallinn-based NATO cyber defence centre to lead research on securing 5G networks for military mobility

The NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, also known as the CCDCOE, based in Tallinn, Estonia, will lead a research project exploring the security of 5G networks in relation to military mobility. The project is funded by the US Department of Defense and the Estonian foreign ministry and carried …

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An Estonian company to provide cameras for NASA

Estonian company Crystalspace, partnered with the Tartu Observatory of the University of Tartu and Krakul, an Estonian autonomous systems development company, has been selected to build two cameras that will act as a stereo pair to monitor the operations of a robotic arm that will collect regolith samples from the …

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Only people arriving in Estonia from Iceland don’t need to self-isolate

As the Estonian foreign ministry has stated for the past multiple weeks, the only people arriving in Estonia from Europe who don’t need to self-isolate upon arrival are the ones who are coming from Iceland; people arriving in Estonia from the rest of Europe will need to self-quarantine for 10 …

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Estonian robotics company Milrem rolls out a new combat vehicle

Estonian robotics and autonomous systems’ developer Milrem is rolling out its new, Type-X robotic combat vehicle as it has passed its initial mobility tests. The Type-X robotic combat vehicle – or RCV for short – designed to support mechanised units was first announced in the summer of 2020. According to …

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The Cato Institute: Estonia is one of the freest countries in the world

According to the Human Freedom Index 2020, compiled by the Cato Institute, an American libertarian think tank, Estonia is one of the freest countries in the world, ranking the eighth freest among 162 countries. Estonia is scoring very high in the Cato Institute’s Human Freedom Index 2020 in every category. …

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IT authority: Estonian companies lose over €1 million annually to cyberattacks

According to the Estonian Information System Authority, in recent years, the country’s companies have incurred losses exceeding more than €1 million annually due to cybercrime; to tackle the issue, the authority has launched an information campaign to increase the safety of the Estonian business environment and cyberspace. “However, the damages …

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The US allocates USD169 million of security assistance to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

The US Congress adopted a USD2.3 trillion defence appropriations bill, which foresees USD168.7 million of security assistance to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in 2021; for the first time, the security assistance is allocated through the newly created Baltic Security Initiative that highlighted the security concerns of the Baltic region in …

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People arriving in Estonia from Iceland don’t need to self-isolate

As of 21 December, Iceland is the only European country from where people can arrive in Estonia and don’t need to self-isolate. Starting from Monday, 21 December, the mandatory self-isolation applies to people arriving in Estonia from a country, where an infection rate is above 50 persons per 100,000 inhabitants. …

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