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Video: Estonia’s e-government expert describes what a digital government looks like

One of Estonia’s digital experts, Anna Piperal, explains the key design principles that power the country’s e-government and shows why the rest of the world should follow suit to eradicate outdated bureaucracy and regain citizens’ trust.

What if you never had to fill out paperwork again? In Estonia, this is a reality: citizens conduct nearly all public services online, from starting a business to voting from their laptops, thanks to the nation’s ambitious post-Soviet digital transformation known as “e-Estonia.” One of the programme’s experts, Anna Piperal, explains the key design principles that power the country’s “e-government” – and shows why the rest of the world should follow suit to eradicate outdated bureaucracy and regain citizens’ trust.

Estonian researchers are developing a translation programme with Mozilla Firefox

Estonian language technologists from the University of Tartu are helping improve the flexibility and quality of Mozilla’s new translation programme, Bergamot. This article is published in collaboration with Research in Estonia. Recently, news of Mozilla’s new translation programme, Bergamot, spread through international technology news portals. Few know the high-level team also …

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The Time magazine declares an Estonian video game as one of the best of the decade

The Time magazine has declared the Estonian video game, Disco Elysium, as one of the best of the decade. “Released just months before the start of the 2020s, Disco Elysium is the perfect punctuation mark on a decade of excellent games,” the magazine says. “It’s a video game that’s steeped …

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A wintry forest in Estonia.

Want to cut down a Christmas tree in Estonia? There’s an app for that

Estonia has a state app for helping people choose and cut down their own Christmas tree; Adam Rang ventured into the forest to see how well it really works. Estonia’s State Forest Management Centre, known as the RMK, has released an improved mobile app service to help people in Estonia …

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A German family turns to its Baltic roots and invests in Estonia’s technology education

The Riesenkampff family, whose ancestors lived in Estonia for almost 400 years until 1939, has reconnected with the country by setting up a digital product development programme to provide future-proof technology education for Estonian high school-level students by uniting the best of both business and academia. For centuries, tens of …

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Estonia to launch airspace services for drones

The Estonian Air Navigation Services is to collaborate with AirMap, an American-run global platform for safe and efficient drone operations, to develop a customised solution for integrating drones into Estonia’s airspace. The Estonian Air Navigation Services (EANS) and AirMap are developing a comprehensive and customised solution for integrating drones into …

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Tallinn to buy 100 new, natural gas-powered buses

The city of Tallinn is to buy 100 new, natural gas-powered buses to be used as part of the city public transport network. Tallinn City Transport, the city’s transport-management agency, and the Polish bus manufacturer, Solaris, signed the deal on 10 December. According to the agreement, the city will buy …

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Estonia and Ukraine to jointly develop e-governance

Estonia and Ukraine are to start a new type of collaboration between the countries’ digital enterprises and the public sector to jointly develop e-governance. A series of events, called the Digital Society Sandbox, initiated by the Estonian president, Kersti Kaljulaid and her Ukrainian colleague, Volodymyr Zelensky, on 26 November kicked …

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Rat attack: Rodents disrupt Estonia’s digital state

The Estonian digital society, dubbed as e-Estonia, has witnessed many attackers in the past, not least the cyber-attacks originating from Russia in 2007; on 20 November, however, it had to briefly concede to unexpected warriors – rats. Estonia is rightly proud of its digital services. You can pretty much do …

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Estonia welcomes the AI challenge

Estonia has joined the Finnish-led initiative to educate at least one per cent of the population about artificial intelligence; Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) has brought one of the most popular free online courses in the world – “The Elements of AI” – to Estonia. Artificial intelligence is becoming more …

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