E-Governance in Estonia:
From Internet Banking to Internet Voting
Dr. Meelis Kitsing
Together with the Austrian Libertarian Movement, it is our great pleasure to welcome Dr. Meelis Kitsing from Estonia, who will provide us with insights on the e-government system implemented in his country.
Estonian digital governance has received considerable attention in global policy and research circles. This small country has implemented a unique idea of its own, significantly shifting contact by private individuals and companies with the state to the internet, where everyone, with a personalized ID, can manage his or her taxes, register a new enterprise, and do much more. The presentation discusses building as well as stumbling blocks in digitalization of governance in Estonia. It explores if and how the evolution of Estonian digital governance can signal the future for other governments in Europe and in the world. With ever extending bureaucracies in many Western European countries, and especially so in Austria, could these systems be replaced with the Estonian model? What are costs and benefits of this approach after more than 20 years of trial and error? Has the e-government system led to better governance and less bureaucracy, or eliminated all remnants of privacy? Is it a system that Austria should – or could, follow? What are future scenarios for evolution of digital governance?
Meelis Kitsing is Head of Research at the Foresight Center and Head of the Department of Economics and Finance at the Estonian Business School in Tallinn.
Lecture in English.
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