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E-Government Design, Model and Issues


November 13, 2012 12:45pm - 2:00pm

Room 85

The most advanced e-government in the world is in Estonia - a tiny country, only independent for 21 years but that has 100% Wi-Fi coverage, where 98% of banking transactions are done over the Internet and where since 2005 it has been possible to vote in national elections over the Internet, and since 2011 also by mobile phone. The country has an advanced system of integrated databases that allows all interaction between citizens or businesses and government authorities to take place from one web portal. For example, it takes 17 minutes to register a company and have it up and running with all necessary registrations.  Countries as diverse as Albania, Afghanistan and Georgia are among those copying parts of the Estonian experience. The topic of the lecture is how e-government works, what the legal implications are and what other countries can learn from the Estonian example.


Presentation by Professor Katrin Nyman-Metcalf

Head of Chair of Law and Technology, Tallinn Law School, Tallinn University of Technology.

Professor Nyman-Metcalf is a visiting fellow at the Stanford H-Star Institute. Her main interest both for research and practical work is communications law in a wide sense (ICT, e-governance, media law) especially in post-conflict and developing nations. She has published extensively on these topics.  Apart from her academic work, Professor Nyman-Metcalf works as an international consultant with communications law and e-governance projects. She regularly performs legal analysis for various international organisations like the OSCE Representative of Freedom of the Media. She has worked in more than 40 countries. She has for example worked on e-governance issues in Albania, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Palestine and Tajikistan. 


Lunch will be served