Jun 2, 2018
With a population of just 1.3 million, Estonia has been a world leader in technology since 1991, when the northeastern European country regained freedom with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Shortly after Estonia’s independence, the government reinvented itself and began a journey to modernize and digitize many of its platforms. Now, Estonia boasts an e-identity program, electronic voting, and health records stored on blockchain technology. Andres Kutt, former deputy director general for the Estonian Tax and Customs Board, responsible for IT, joins the podcast and discusses emerging technology, big data, and how new digital services offered to citizens is the norm in Estonia.