e-Estonia

SignWise – the e-signing solution from Estonia

SignWise is a two-year-old Estonian company that has developed an e-signature and authentication technology that aims to be at the forefront in the digital signature world. And it may very well be possible, too, as this little country just started off with the ambitious national startup project of giving e-residency to …

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Tallinn tech university and Samsung set up a mobile app testing lab in Tallinn

The Tallinn University of Technology, Samsung and communications firm Eesti Telekom are collaborating to set up a mobile applications testing lab in the Mektory innovation and business centre in Tallinn. “It is the first time that we have such an environment in Estonia where we can properly test mobile applications. We are …

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Estonia second in the world by internet freedom

Estonia continues to be one of the most wired countries in the world, with increasing internet access and online participation among citizens, the latest Freedom House report “Freedom on the Net 2014” said. Estonia secured the second position in the country rankings. “Estonia ranks among the most wired and technologically …

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Estonia becomes the first country in the world to offer e-residency

Estonia is set to make a history by starting the first supranational e-residency scheme in the world. More than a hundred years ago, the renowned Estonian poet Gustav Suits proclaimed: “Let us remain Estonians, but let us become Europeans!” This task has successfully been accomplished for the ancient Nordic nation, but from 1 December, foreigners can …

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Ericsson teams with Estonian security-technology provider Guardtime

Ericsson, the world’s largest maker of wireless-network equipment, is teaming with the Estonian security-technology provider, Guardtime, to improve data safety and transparency. Guardtime’s key technology is called Keyless Signature Infrastructure or KSI. The technology is aimed at organisations that deal with large-scale digital data and the challenges of securing the …

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Restarting Ukraine with Estonian know-how

For years, Estonian investment banker Jaanika Merilo has focused her activities on Ukraine and Russia. Sharing Estonia’s e-governance experiences with Ukraine, she is helping the country restart and defeat deeply rooted issues. This article is published in collaboration with e-estonia. I Olga Bielkova, a member of the Ukrainian parliament, has …

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Frans Jorna. Photo by Henri Pook.

Lessons from exporting Estonia’s digital democracy

Daniel Vaarik had a chat with Frans Jorna from the Saxion University in the Netherlands, who is currently working on applying Estonia’s system for local democracy procedures called Volis. For years Estonia has been experimenting with tools for digital democracy. Internet voting was introduced already in 2005 and today at …

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Estonian “Time Machine” opens in Tallinn

“For our foreign visitors, it is like a time-machine, offering a glimpse into the future,” says the Estonian technology evangelist, Indrek Vimberg. The time machine in question is the new e-estonia.com showroom, which opened at Tallinn’s Ülemiste City before Midsummer’s Day. This article is published in partnership with Life In Estonia magazine. By Holger Roonemaa When Life in …

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Life in a digital society – five videos of e-Estonia

E-Estonia is a term commonly used to describe Estonia’s emergence as one of the most advanced e-societies in the world – an incredible success story that grew out of a partnership between a forward-thinking government, a pro-active ICT sector and a switched-on, tech-savvy population. These five videos give a little …

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Estonia plans to create 10 million “e-Estonians” by 2025

The Estonian government has approved the concept of issuing digital IDs to non-residents, meaning from the end of 2014, foreigners will be able to receive a secure Estonian e-identity, forging a unique opportunity to create a new set of remotely usable global services. According to Taavi Kotka, the Deputy Secretary …

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