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Estonia one of the digital elites of the world

According to the Digital Evolution Index 2017, Estonia is one of the digital elites of the world, characterised by high levels of digital development and a fast rate of digital evolution. The index, compiled by the Fletcher School at Tufts University, a graduate school of international affairs in Massachusetts, and …

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EU leaders ask for highest-level talks on the digital policy

Seventeen leaders of the European Union countries have sent an open letter to the European Council president, Donald Tusk, asking him for highest-level talks on the EU digital policy, saying that the main challenges to fully embrace the opportunities of digitisation are still ahead. The letter, which was sent to …

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Estonia to help Jamaica establish its region’s first e-government system

With the help of Estonia, the tiny island nation of Jamaica is looking to establish its region’s first e-government system. The Jamaican prime minister, Andrew Holness, said in a statement that his administration was committed to establishing the first fully digitised government system in the region. “Every single Jamaican will …

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Tallinn to host an international e-governance conference

Tallinn will host an e-governance conference on 30-31 May, with participants from over 80 countries gathering in the Estonian capital to seek answers to the challenge of ensuring sustainable e-state development in their countries. Titled “How to ensure sustainable e-governance development?”, the Tallinn e-Governance Conference 2017 will provide a platform …

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Estonia’s Nortal helps Dubai create a paperless government

The Tallinn-based multinational strategic change and technology company, Nortal, is helping Dubai’s government become fully digital by 2021. According to Andres Käärik, Nortal’s business development manager, the company helped Dubai create a vision and roadmap of where they want to go and advised on how to get there. In a blog post, …

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Alex Wellman: Six things I’ve learned after six months in Estonia

About six months ago, American Alex Wellman packed his bags and moved to a small European country on the Baltic Sea called Estonia. Here is what he has learned so far. 1. Vitamin D is key Since I’ve spent the majority of my life living in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, I’m no …

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The UN and Jack Ma partner with Estonia’s e-residency to empower startups in developing countries

The United Nations has announced it is partnering with Estonia’s e-residency to empower entrepreneurs in developing countries to make starting a company easier. The programme is called “e-Trade for All” and it was unveiled in Geneva on 25 April 2017 at the e-commerce week of the United Nations Conference on …

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Singapore to implement a digital identity programme inspired by Estonia

The nation of Singapore is planning to implement a digital identity programme that is inspired by the one in Estonia. The aim of the programme is to revamp its current national IDs, potentially allowing citizens simpler access to government services, financial transactions, and more. According to the country’s prime minister …

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Kersti Kaljulaid: Anyone who appreciates our language, customs and values can be an Estonian

In her first Independence Day speech as the Estonian president, Kersti Kaljulaid covered various topics, but spoke at length about the importance of preserving the Estonian language and culture as well as challenges facing the modern society. She also emphasised the opportunities a modern digital country like Estonia could make …

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