e-Estonia

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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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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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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Estonia to export its Data Exchange Layer X-Road to Finland

The Government of Finland has decided to create a data exchange layer of e-services and cooperate with Estonia in the course thereof as much as possible. “We will immediately and cost-effectively create a national data exchange layer of electronic services and an electronic identification system, implementing cooperation opportunities with Estonia …

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Estonia tops the list of best e-health implementors in Europe

According to a recent report by OECD and European Commission, Estonia is on top of the list of 30 countries in implementing e-health services. The study included 1737 hospitals from 27 European member states, Croatia, Norway and Iceland. According to the report, Estonia leads the way in Europe, followed by Denmark, …

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Former Head of Skype presents: The future that should be here now (video)

I recently shared some thoughts on how surprisingly hard it has been to adjust to the fact how mundane and bureaucratic everyday activities still can be in otherwise tech-advanced Silicon Valley, compared with back home in Estonia. This video is from Stanford GSB YouTube channel. This video and article was first published by …

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Top 5 technology transfers from e-Estonia

Exporting public e-services can be complicated, since every country is unique in its legislative and institutional environment. Quite often, a country’s historical and cultural background makes it difficult to accept changes to the existing services. Still, some ideas are just so appealing that they find their way in. We’ll describe …

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Restarting governments in the cloud

Growth in the availability of cloud technologies, adoption of mobile computing devices and IT consumerisation means that governments need to rethink their strategies regarding e-services. In the article, we take a look at how cloud technology and a fresh approach can help in creating modern public services. Cloud services reduce spending, …

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