Many important and fundamental innovations in e-Estonia have already been accomplished, but easing up after establishing momentum is out of the question. In an information society, everything changes so quickly that a bystander is quickly trailing in the dust. Significant projects continue, including EstWin, a commitment to provide every person and every institution in the country with an internet connection of 100 Mbit/s by the year 2015. Also in the works is the full application of our digital healthcare system. And there is the daily work of keeping the existing system of e-services up-to-date, simplifying it, and making it increasingly user-friendly.
What is the role of the state and local governments in Estonia’s e-universe?
Can and should we change the state’s administrative system as a whole, in order to take the e-state to a new level? Or how far, in general, should we allow e-features to enter our lives? Should every freezer be equipped with a device that sends the owner a text message when the food’s “best by” date has expired? Or should we attach a transmitter to every Estonian tree and animal to offer the world’s scientists a unique opportunity to monitor via internet the condition of one country’s natural environment? Or should e-Estonia be the first nation in the world where pensioners and high-risk patients are fitted with online-transmitters, where doctors automatically receive bulletins about their patients’ well being, omitting the need for patients to spend a day queuing at the clinic? Perhaps e-Estonia could be the first nation in the world to rid itself of thousands of kilograms of textbooks, and replace them with a lightweight e-reader such as an Apple iPad, or one of its successors?
This is all in the future, and Estonia intends to be at the vanguard of developments in every case. It is e-Estonia’s policy to continue as an innovative and fast-developing nation. Businesses, whose goal is to find new, innovative solutions and new approaches to old problems, will find Estonia an attractive place. Like Skype Estonia’s chief Sten Tamkivi has said, we already possess the technological competence and IT-favourable environment, and our only intention is to improve them.
Why not come to e-Estonia and, together with us, bring progressive plans to fruition. We offer ideas, experience, a highly-educated, ambitious workforce, and a government and society which embrace innovation at every level.
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