Data embassies, robots and e-ID: the ingredients for a (r)evolution

Estonia starts the debate about robots as legal persons

Siim Sikkut, Communication Information Officier of the Estonian government, has released earlier this week an interview with Bloomberg, the American financial news company. The final goal is to create a legal framework for the Artificial Intelligence. The so-called “Robot agent” would be a legal independent identity between a legal personality and an object that is someone else’s property.

“If we seize this opportunity as a government, we could be one of the pathfinders”, Sikkut said. The European Parliament has asked, with a resolution, the European Commission to consider the possibility to give a legal status to robots such as self-driving vehicles. Robots are not taking over everything from human beings: “We need to get plenty of myths and stereotypes out of the way” Sikkut remarked.

This article was originally published on Bloomberg. Read the full piece here.

 Estonia first country to work without a physical land

Euronews has reported that Estonia will set-up digital embassies around the world with all its critical data secured from possible cyber attacks. Marten Kaevats, digital advisor of the Estonian government, underlined that the first digital embassy is opening in Luxembourg on January 1, 2018.

In case of cyber attack, Estonia would be able to keep all its data safe: ’’all our governmental functions can still go on: collecting taxes, voting, governmental decisions and so on“ said Kaevats. There are already existing data storage facilities in Estonia, but, in case of large-scale cyber attacks and also natural disasters, back-up sites out of Estonians borders are the best way to keep all the information safe.

This article was originally published on Euronews. Read the full piece here.

Electronic ID is the gateway for e-government services

Last Friday EU member states signed a declaration to transform the way European governments deliver e-services to their citizens. The focus is on how to implement the production and distribution of electronic IDs while also ensuring privacy and data security.

“All Europeans should be able to access online services in other Member States just as they do at home” stated Andrus Ansip, vice president for the Digital Single Market. Now, with the Tallinn Declaration on e-Government, all the EU member states are committed to do reforms to implement their electronic ID cards system.

This article was originally published on Venture Beat. Read the full piece here.

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