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Global trends and technology to look out for in 2014 – #estonianmafia’s pick

We asked Estonian startup entrepreneurs and others related to the phenomenon otherwise known as #estonianmafia, what global trends and technology are they personally looking forward to in 2014? This is what they came up with, in no particular order. I Kristo Käärmann – CEO, Transferwise Something to follow in payments/finance …

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Estonia and Finland become first in the world to digitally sign international agreement

The prime ministers of Finland and Estonia, Jyri Katainen and Andrus Ansip, have concluded the world’s first known digitally signed intergovernmental agreement focusing on common development of e-services between the two neighbours. While remaining in their respective offices in Helsinki and Tallinn and using ID cards, the prime ministers signed …

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Three solutions from e-Estonia for securing your online presence

Three solutions to come out of Estonia – Guardtime, Signwise and SecureMAIL – share the objective of making your steps in the cyber-world more secure and private. I 1. Guardtime – real-time authentication for electronic data exchange Guardtime’s key technology is called Keyless Signature Infrastructure or KSI. The technology is aimed at …

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Estonia to have the world’s highest pyramids by 2030

An Estonian architecture firm and a local council are planning to use chippings from an oil-shale quarry to build the largest pyramids in the world in Aidu, North-Eastern Estonia by 2030. The ancient Egyptians built most of the pyramids as tombs for pharaohs and their consorts. The pharaohs were buried in pyramids of …

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An Estonian-invented robot turtle will help underwater archaeologists inspect shipwrecks (video)

The Robot Safari exhibition at the London Science Museum will see the world premiere of the Estonian-invented underwater robot, u-CAT, a highly manoeuvrable robot turtle, designed to penetrate shipwrecks. The u-CAT’s locomotion principle is similar to sea turtles. Independently driven four flippers make the robot highly manoeuvrable – it can swim …

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Who is afraid of the digital signature? Interview with Tarvi Martens (video)

In Estonia, every second citizen actively signs documents electronically and the nation saves a mountain of paper as high as the Eiffel Tower in just two months. Tarvi Martens, the development director of Estonia’s Certification Centre and one of the founders of the 13-year-old system, is now consulting cross-border digital signature issues …

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Dutch electric car charging network to use billing solution developed by Estonians

The Estonian technology developer Now Innovations and the Dutch company Fastned have signed an agreement under which the nationwide electric car charging network being put up by Fastned in the Netherlands will use mobile billing solutions developed by Now Innovations. Each of the more than 200 Fastned stations along Dutch …

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Estonia second in internet freedom in new Freedom House report

Estonia ranks among the most wired and technologically advanced countries in the world, being second in the 2013 Freedom House internet freedom rankings after Iceland. With a high internet penetration rate, widespread e-commerce and e-government services embedded into the daily lives of individuals and organisations, Estonia has become a model …

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Starting from scratch: The case of e-government in Estonia

Estonia, starting from low-grade technological advancement, has been outstandingly successful in building a modern and hi-tech e-government system that is envied by the international community. This article will describe the background of the journey Estonia undertook. The period from the end of the 1980ies to the beginning of the 1990ies was …

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Estonian border queue system GoSwift ranked among world’s 40 best e-services

The international jury of the World Summit Award (WSA) has published its list of the world’s 40 best e-services that includes the Estonian border queue management system GoSwift. GoSwift is an electronic system for managing the waiting line at border checkpoints that enables drivers to wait for their turn virtually …

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