Sten Hankewitz

Sten Hankewitz is a lifelong journalist and Deputy 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.

University of Tartu researcher to study inequality in prehistoric Europe

To find out about politics and inequality in prehistoric Europe, the European Research Council awarded researchers of three countries with a grant of nearly €2 million; among the scientists to participate in the research is Christiana Scheib of the University of Tartu. The five-year research is led by John Robb, …

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Estonian business school head: a single cloud-based virtual learning platform is a must

For the further development of the education system and for it to be able to change and adapt as needed, it would make sense to transfer the teaching work of all Estonian schools to one of the world’s leading virtual learning platforms, Mart Habakuk, the chancellor of the Estonian Business …

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Estonian cyber security company shares free cyber hygiene training with Ukrainian police cadets

The Estonian-based cyber security company, Cybexer Technologies, is supporting the Ukrainian National Academy of Internal Affairs with online cyber hygiene e-learning and is opening the free e-learning course to the whole world. Cybexer has decided to contribute to personal cyber hygiene through its free online course, which is available in …

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Estonia is testing secure online communication and file exchange environments

The Estonian Information System Authority has opened a communication environment and a file exchange environment for testing; these secure solutions are available for people with an Estonian personal identification code and a recognised eID tool. According to Margus Arm, the director of the State Information System, the communication environment, Vestlus, …

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Estonian foreign ministry: travel options are extremely limited

The Estonian foreign ministry said in its travel update on 31 March that due to the global coronavirus crisis, travel options are extremely limited; however, most Estonians who were abroad and wished to return home have been able to do so by now. The ministry said about 200 Estonian citizens …

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Estonian-founded AI startup to supply Walmart with its technology

The Estonian-founded startup, Pactum, an AI-based platform that helps companies to automate personalised commercial negotiations, is to supply its technology to Walmart, the US retail giant. Pactum’s artificial intelligence system enables partners to negotiate more valuable contracts for all parties while reducing costs for customers, the company said in a …

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An initiative helps students get a computer for studying during the crisis

A citizens’ initiative in Estonia is helping students in need get a computer for remote studying during the ongoing coronavirus crisis. The voluntary project, “A computer for every student”, connects families who need a computer for remote learning, and those who have unutilised devices at home or in the office. …

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UPDATED: Garage48 holds a hackathon to tackle the coronavirus crisis

The Estonian startup organisation, Garage48, together with Accelerate Estonia, has held an online hackathon to tackle the coronavirus crisis; the organisations are willing to share their experience with other countries looking to organise similar online hackathons. From 13-15 March, over a thousand people from 14 timezones and 20 countries used …

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An Estonian Nordica aircraft taking off from Warsaw Airport. Photo by Filip Danielczyk, shared under the CC BY-SA 4.0 licence.

FM: Important travel updates regarding transit and flight options

The Estonian foreign ministry and Estonian foreign representations continue to work with travel agents and transport companies to find and mediate options for Estonians to return home; while the Estonian border remains open to Estonian citizens and residents, it may soon be logistically impossible to get back to Estonia before …

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