E-state, digital identity, i-Voting, e-Residency, digital nomad visa – Estonia has been a pathfinder in so many things in the world, already. What’s next, Invest Estonia asked Marten Kaevats in the video interview at the Latitude59 tech conference.
“I think the keypoint here is to find an architecture that is adaptable enough. So, the current problem in the world is that all the things keep changing faster and faster. And the government architecture cannot adapt to that,” Kaevats explains the situation.
“Estonia is currently building an architecture that is based on domain-driven microservices and messaging spaces, which allow the private sector to actually provide governmental services as well. So, I think, the next big innovation is in the domain on fundamental governments architecture to make it more open and more flexible for also private sector to be included in governance,” says Kaevats.
All these novel e-things invented by Estonia
Named ‘the most advanced digital society in the world’ by Wired, and a ‘bureaucratic innovator’ by Emerging Europe, Estonia is unstoppable when it comes to innovating on how to make the state more convenient for its residents and invent new digital solutions.
Estonia has built a digital state and e-government over the decades, made 99% of public services accessible online to all its residents and companies.
Every Estonian, irrespective of their location, has a state issued digital identity. Thanks to this, Estonia is years ahead of countries still trying to work out how to authenticate people without physical contact. In Estonia, every person can provide digital signatures using their ID-card, Mobile-ID or Smart-ID, so they can safely identify themselves and use e-services.
In 2005, Estonia became the first country in the world that uses internet voting or i-Voting.
i-Voting is a system that allows voters to cast their ballots from any internet-connected computer anywhere in the world. Completely unrelated to the electronic voting systems used elsewhere, which involve costly and problematic machinery, the Estonian solution is simple, elegant and secure.
In 2014, Estonia is offering e-Residency that allows non-Estonians access to Estonian services such as company formation, banking, payment processing, and taxation. With e-Residency program Estonia transformed the way a country serves people beyond its borders.
Taken in 2020, the digital nomad visa is just another step of Estonia towards a no-bureaucracy country. With the Digital Nomad Visa, Estonia is transforming how people in the world choose to work. The digital nomads can benefit from the ease of doing business and living in that country, where the state is almost invisible, and everything works quickly, safely, and online.
„The intention behind the digital nomad visa is to attract talented people from around the world to Estonia, who can work independent of location and timezone,“ explains Ott Vatter, the CEO of e-Residency.
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