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My Digital Self podcast: reversed Big Brother and the pillars of the e-state

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Our speaker Tobias J. Koch recently had the pleasure of being a guest on Matthew Foley’s podcast, My Digital Self, to discuss Estonia’s path of becoming the advanced digital nation it is today and how digitalisation helped re-build a state based on principles of openness, trust and privacy. 

It took Estonia a little less than 30 years to build its digital society from scratch and become the advanced digital nation it is known as today. Matthew and Tobias touch upon the importance of timing and resource allocation in this story of transformation as well as the role of the public and private sector in building principles of transparency, trust and privacy into the state infrastructure. The key components of our e-state, such as the digital identity, accessible services, and secure data exchange via the X-Road were also discussed to answer the question of how Estonians retain full ownership over their data when trusting it all to servers and state authorities.

Listen to the full story on Matthew Foley’s My Digital Self , (also available on Spotify!)

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