e-residency

Alec Ross: Estonia is entrepreneur-friendly – like the United States

Alec Ross was a key player in forming the tech and innovation strategy for the campaign of now-US President Barack Obama in 2008, and served as then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s senior advisor for Innovation. Isabel Hirama of the Estonian startup, Jobbatical, sat down with Ross in Washington, DC, to …

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Estonian e-residency services to have a codefest in Vormsi

An international e-residency hackathon, taking place in September in Vormsi island, will focus on building apps and services using the‪ Estonian‬ open ID-platform to benefit both the e-residents and service providers. The hackathon aims to attract web and mobile developers, designers, project leads, marketeers and visionaries in the field to spend a …

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E-residency platform named the best Estonian e-service 2015

A jury comprising industry experts selected the e-residency digital ID application environment as the winner of the Best Estonian E-Service 2015 prize, with the environment increasing the number of e-residency applicants dozens of times over in its first week of service. Jury chairperson Aet Rahe said the jury’s decision was …

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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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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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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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Edward Lucas: “Estonia is now an insider, not an outsider anymore.” Interview with The Economist’s senior editor

Edward Lucas is the International Editor of The Economist, the London based global weekly news magazine, and also oversees the paper’s political coverage of Central and Eastern Europe. He has been covering the region of Europe since 1986, and was the Economist’s Moscow bureau chief from 1998-2002. Lucas has been visiting Estonia …

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