London’s Victoria and Albert Museum puts the Estonian e-residency card on display


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The Victoria and Albert Museum, one of the leading art and design museums in the world, has put the Estonian e-residency card on display in its latest exhibition.

“The Future Starts Here” is a new exhibition at the museum in London that challenges visitors to consider how cutting-edge technology will shape our everyday lives. It is open until  4 November 2018.

The exhibition is home to more than 100 objects that are shaping the future – from smart appliances to satellites and drones, including projects from Facebook, Apple and Google. Many of them have never been seen by the public before.

The e-residency card was donated by Martin John Callanan, a British artist who specialises in the research of an individual’s place within systems.

Alternative ideas for improving public services

The card is within a section that challenges visitors to consider if democracy still works before being shown projects with new strategies for collective decision-making and alternative ideas for improving public services. The card is in the same display case as a Brexit ballot paper, which was chosen due to the influence of technology on the referendum, the Estonian e-residency team said in a statement.

There are currently 1,901 e-residents from the UK.

Estonia opened the e-residency programme for everyone in December 2014. E-residents get a state-issued, secure digital identify that allows digital authentication and the digital signing of documents.

E-residency gives access to Estonia’s digital infrastructure and public e-services so that the approved e-residents can establish and manage an EU company and enjoy the same rights in business as Estonians. It does not provide citizenship, physical residency or tax residency.

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Cover: An Estonian e-residency card (images courtesy of the e-residency programme).

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