Estonia's Internet Revolution
from the online-leapfrog dept
With all the stories about how third world countries are trying to figure out ways to connect to the internet, here’s the story of how Estonia went from a “backwards” province of the former Soviet Union to one of the most connected countries in Eastern Europe. Some say the country benefited from having such poor infrastructure a decade ago. It allowed the Estonia to leapfrog countries with legacy technologies and get people on the same page quickly. The government seems to have played a large role in all of this – adopting digital technologies at an astounding pace. Currently, the government does much of its internal work electronically – including cabinet meetings, which are held entirely online. They’ve also launched a website called “Today, I’m Deciding”, which lets the general populace comment on pending legislation. More and more Estonias own computers and mobile phones, and use them all the time. Some locals now say that communications technologies are becoming an integral part of “E-stonia”.