Estonia as trendsetter in the digital age (Prize from the Bertelsmann-Stiftung)

Toomas Hendrik Ilves receives Reinhard Mohn Prize 2017 On June 29 in Gütersloh the 2017 Reinhard Mohn Prize on the forward-looking topic “Smart Country – Connected. Intelligent. Digital.” was awarded to former Estonian president Toomas Hendrik Ilves. He was honored for his pioneering work in promoting digitalization in government, education and public services. I helped […]

Bertelsmann-Stiftung: Learning from E-Estonia

Foto: Enriko Lill In September 2016 a delegation from the Bertelsmann-Stiftung with Dr. Brigitte Mohn has visited Estonia. “E-Estonia” is regarded as digital trendsetter in Europe. The visit intended an in-depth-view about how e-government, the new working-life and digital education work in practice. Outgoing State president Toomas Hendrik Ilves who implemented the digitalization already in […]

Live in German TV ARD (“Plusminus”): Why Estonia is digital trendsetter in Europe

ARD Plusminus on E-government in Germany (8th May at 21.45): Freifunk – Wo bleibt das Internet für alle? Freifunk – Wo bleibt das Internet für alle? | Video verfügbar bis 08.06.2017 Kostenloses in Netz ohne Anmeldung – das gibt es in Deutschland bisher nur in größeren Städten und auch dort meistens nur direkt im Zentrum. Immerhin: […]

E-Estonia – a digital trendsetter in Europe. Debate with the state secretary for economics in Saarbrücken

  E-Estonia – digital trendsetter in Europe. On 18th April 2016 i presented Estonia as a role model for the digital society. According to a study i am preparing for the Bertelsmann Stiftung in Estonia digitalizing doesn’t lead to a discrimination of the generation “60 +”. In contrast: It simplified the life with e-banking, e-health, […]

The consequences of virtual activism in European politics

Historically, Europe’s political parties have relied on an active membership to achieve and maintain influence. However, with the rise of professional communications management, political parties must increasingly seek influence and relevance through other means. Florian Hartleb looks at the emergence of ‘virtual politics’ in Europe and finds that social media and online engagement offer new opportunities […]