Estonia Is a Global Example of E-Government, Digital Freedom, Privacy, and Security

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By  Ashley Ibarra (San Francisco State University) [Student Researcher] and Kenn Burrows (San Francisco State University) [Faculty Evaluator] | Project Censored

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Editor's Note: Here's an example of why we do not have to continue going “along for the ride” with politicians and corporations trying to put more and more controls on our lives. Estonia has thrived with a more balanced approach that could help us to find a better way for ourselves.

Since Estonia regained independence in 1991, its government has sought to redesign the nation’s entire information infrastructure with goals of openness, privacy, and security. The technology platform that Estonia built to serve its citizens sets an example for the rest of the world. Each citizen has one identification number to use across all systems, from paper passport to bank records to any government office or medical care. This includes giving electronic signatures, filing taxes, and voting. Estonians elect their parliament online, and get their taxes back in two days.

The liquid movement of data, along with privacy and security measures, are of primary importance. Citizens have the ability to choose who can see their information. A citizen cannot block the state from seeing their data, but they can see who has accessed their data and file an inquiry to have an official fired if their information is accessed without valid reason.

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  1. 914611421942139@facebook.com' Edwin Choko says:

    Amazing country

  2. 846414435380494@facebook.com' Revolution de Mind says:

    anyone else adore this post as much as i do ? 🙂

  3. 1069507823083465@facebook.com' Joshuahn Jackstonburg says:

    Again, another small nation leading the way in human rights – showing how easy it would be for the powerful countries to have done but selfishly only always deliberately choose never to.

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