Citizen Engagement Digital Policy

UK and Estonia Forge Digital Government Links

I attended Nordic Digital Day in Estonia on Friday of last week. The event drew together hundreds of people from across government (and those interested in government) from the Nordic region and well beyond. I even spotted at least one delegate from the UK Government Digital Service.

The delegates, of course, were especially interested given Estonia’s near rockstar status in digital government. We have written extensively about this on this site.

The British Embassy in Tallinn is trying to encourage knowledge sharing between the UK and Estonia to ensure that the expertise (especially in the private sector) is shared. Many Estonian companies have contributed to the success of digital government in Estonia. Given the UK’s relative lag in, for example, eVoting and eIdentity, there could be some good sharing opportunities. For one thing, the UK could be a good market for Estonian expertise.

But there could also be opportunities for UK companies to use Estonia as a very advanced market test-bed.

Kevin Tammearu
Kevin Tammearu

I took the opportunity to interview Kevin Tammearu of the British Embassy in Tallinn. Kevin manages┬áTechLink – “an initiative designed to create and support public and private partnerships between the UK and Estonia in the fields of technology, innovation and science. UK-Estonia TechLink is the go-to place to deliver partnerships in the technology sector.”

The audio interview is below.

Digital Government Digital Policy

Nordic Digital Day

ndd2016_logoWe have written a lot on this site about how Estonia has established itself as one of the most innovative and progressive nations in terms of eGovernment. Therefore I’m delighted to be joining over 400 others converging on Tallinn, Estonia on May 27, for Nordic Digital Day.

The event, according to the organisers (the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Estonia) will┬ábe “all about the data-driven society. The aim is to explore how different countries are deploying practices of data analytics, data-driven decision making, future prediction and innovation in the public sector.”

The program sounds fascinating, but we’re also keen to meet with delegates and speakers at the event and showcase, here on Citizen20Series, what initiatives different governments are taking to embed new digital practices in government service delivery. We’re especially keen to find out about citizen engagement and participation projects.

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