over the years. .intro’d/intrigued w/Estonia as potential space of experimentation..


adding page this day..

@ladyniasan (nadia)

Grief. Rage. Resistance. Resilience.This is where we are at. Thoughts?

Yesterday (November 22) we presented an actionable plan for how we can get started on making this happen. Right now, without waiting for anyone. While boosting our individual economic and psychosocial resilience.

It’s a first stab at articulating something we have been working towards for some years now.

Here it is, what do you think?

from slide 11

The post- truth scenario changes everything. Who do you trust when every http packet is the carrier of a lie?

fake ness

We propose building a political terrain that is *so hyperlocal and fragmented as to be too expensive for narcissistic strongmen and Machiavellian schemers to enter. A move so lateral that it will not even exist in the same space as post-truth politics.

gershenfeld sel ness

from slide 12

Many of us are exploring new paths into the future. While some  states, e.g. Estonia, are starting to build plans for location independent people and organisations, we are still *missing many critical infrastructures and services for small-and-global initiatives. As well as social and economic settings that enable their protagonists to live up to their full potential as active, responsible citizens that participate fully in the life of a community and the planet at large.

*mech simple enough

from slide 16

perhaps try – hosting-life-bits as all of it

and.. while watching estonia.. life in a networked society (1 hr doc) – 2012/2013

[hoping that’s why so frustrating.. a few years old..? otherwise.. why so much hype]






after all hype.. first minute shows kids sitting in rows in unis .. each w own ipad.. doing 1+11 on ipad.. oy

moderator – carri ginter: high capability of everyone can log on and start something new

talking interoperability

I am a partner and regional head of the regional Dispute Resolution Team at SORAINEN and an Associate Professor of EU law at Tartu University.
From august 2015 to March 2016 I acted as a member of managent board of Port of Tallinn. Port of Tallinn is the biggest port authority in Estonia with a turnover of ca 100 MEUR, and as far as both cargo and passenger traffic are taken into account, the biggest port on the shores of the Baltic Sea.

According to various sources I am one of the top litigators in the country. I have successfully represented the European Commission in the Court of Justice of the European Union, Tallinn city, largest political party, ministers and members of parliament. In 2006 I won the biggest successful state liability case against Estonia for illegally expropriated fuel. I was one of three experts pleading in Estonian Supreme Court en banc in the constitutional review of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) Treaty.

have to have id card.. but no punishment for having it.. not have mobile id (phone) so don’t even need card

in order to make.. also have to change laws.. court talk back to you in digital form

nice (meaning dang) .. digital means doing school math on ipad and emailing w/govt… so paperless.. rather than a nother way to live

signal to people that you can trust system.. faster..

digital prescription.. major breakthru in last years.. dr prescripts and you get at drug store w/o paper.

is that a med revolution..?

tax returns all online.. auto reporting

public safety.. police surveil car.. see if any good reason to stop you

nato set up in tallinn is evidence of security/safety of system..


4 min – electronic school system.. parents can see grades.. comments..


now with broadband.. diff level.. society: voting, school..


why estonia so advanced.. and what does it mean

? whoa

5 min – learning is what i’m really looking forward to – arun bhikshesvaran (vp/marketing for ericsson)



panel to discus transformation of estonia (makes up most of doc)

ain aaviksoo (health policy programme director – trained as med dr)

linnar viik (assoc prof and board member – estonian info tech college)

kaidi ruusalepp (vice chair at teensusmajanduse koda)


6:30 – panel starts

7 min – story of how this all happened.. pm visit.. 6 phones.. only two w/dial..  he asks what all phones were.. so asked.. and secretary didn’t know.. showing many things we don’t know.. – linnar

8 min – have to do everything from scratch – not believers of big politicians but can show needs – documents accessible.. govt mtgs paperless.. so .. have to build up.. ie: put computers at every minister’s table- juhan parts (minister of econ affairs and communications)


oy – like every kid in a row doing school math.. with their own ipad

10 min – first biggest thing was doing your tax return online – president of estonia toomas hendrik ilves



also dramatically increased compliance.. people paid.. which allowed us to reduce taxes.. – toomas

17 min – key is this personal id – juhan

18 min – electronic voting..

21 min – med care ins.. payment faster if online

23 min – digital file and e prescription..

28 min – on the need for a robot.. so a kid could connect with school..

crazy are we

37 mi – how did we get here.. basically.. listened to kids.. ie: skype.. invented here via 25 yr olds.. – president toomas

38 min  – estonians never developed info society here to be a sales article.. we did it because we were not able to survive otherwise.. we wanted to live a decent/good life.. that includes people.. not disconnect people... – linnar

41 min – on school portal

44 min – how to take to next level..? – carri

48min – on security needs – linnar

ps in the open.. via gershenfeld sel

50 min – on needing this to be all of us – linnar

for (blank)’s sake

52 min – on youth.. not seeing diff between online and offline – linnar

54 min – fear that all memory outside self..i will be more controllable – i want to be able to come back out – ain

56 min – future in classroom will be tech – linnar

perhaps future out of classroom

in the cityas the day.. for all of us

future can’t be predicted.. can only be invented – ain

58 min – vision of networked society.. estonia is that.. have lot to learn from them – arun

i think rather.. what i heard over and over.. estonia is a paperless society.. way diff than networked.. way diff than possibilities we now have..


Alex Alsup fb share

“Simple people suffer in the hands of heavy bureaucracies,” Kaljulaid told them. “We must go for inclusiveness, not high end. And we must go for reliability, not complex.”

Other benefits have followed. “If everything is digital, and location-independent, you can run a borderless country,” Kotka said.

The program that resulted is called e-residency, and it permits citizens of another country to become residents of Estonia without ever visiting the place. An e-resident has no leg up at the customs desk, but the program allows individuals to tap into Estonia’s digital services from afar.

Kaevats told me it irked him that so many Westerners saw his country as a tech haven. He thought they were missing the point. “This enthusiasm and optimism around technology is like a value of its own,” he complained. “This gadgetry that I’ve been ranting about? This is not important.” He threw up his hands, scattering ash. “It’s about the mind-set. It’s about the culture. It’s about the human relations—what it enables us to do.”



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Estonia (i/ɛˈstniə/; Estonian: Eesti [ˈeːsti]), officially the Republic of Estonia (Estonian: Eesti Vabariik), is a country in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. It is bordered to the north by the Gulf of Finland, to the west by the Baltic Sea, to the south by Latvia (343 km), and to the east by Lake Peipus and Russia (338.6 km). Across the Baltic Sea lies Sweden in the west and Finland in the north. The territory of Estonia consists of a mainland and 2,222 islands and islets in the Baltic Sea,covering 45,339 km2 (17,505 sq mi) of land, and is influenced by a humid continental climate.

The territory of Estonia has been inhabited since at least 6500 BCE, with Finno-Ugric speakers – the linguistic ancestors of modern Estonians – arriving no later than around 1800 BCE. Following centuries of successive Teutonic, Danish, Swedish, and Russian rule, Estonians experienced a national awakening that culminated in independence from the Russian Empire towards the end of World War I. During World War II, Estonia was occupied by the Soviet Union in 1940, then by Nazi Germany a year later and was again annexed by the Soviets in 1944, after which it was reconstituted as the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic. In 1988, during the Singing Revolution, the Estonian SSR issued the Estonian Sovereignty Declaration in defiance of Soviet rule, and independence was restored on the night of 20 August 1991, during the 1991 attempted coup by the Soviets.

Modern Estonia is a democratic parliamentary republic divided into fifteen counties; its capital and largest city is Tallinn. With a population of 1.3 million, it is one of the least-populous member states of the European Union, Eurozone, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), the OECD and the Schengen Area.

Ethnic Estonians are a Finnic people, sharing close cultural ties with their northern neighbour, Finland, and the official language, Estonian, is a Finno-Ugric language closely related to Finnish and the Sami languages, and distantly to Hungarian.

Estonia is a developed country with an advanced, high-income economy that is among the fastest growing in the EU. Its Human Development Index ranks very highly, and it performs favourably in measurements of economic freedom, civil liberties, education, and press freedom (3rd in the world in 2012 and 2007). Citizens of Estonia are provided with universal health care, free education and the longest paid maternity leave in any OECD country of the world. Since independence the country has rapidly developed its IT sector, becoming one of the world’s most digitally advanced societies. In 2005 Estonia became the first nation to hold elections over the Internet, and in 2014 the first nation to provide E-residency.


Estonia’s government is trying to invent the ideal information society… and figure out how to live well in cyberspace.

Original Tweet:

starts w data that matters.. ie: self-talk as data

Given its inconvenient geography, Estonia has always struggled to find physical residents.

But the most intriguing step in Estonia’s digital development is taking place outside the classroom.The key to its revolution is an identity card system that puts digital identity and trust at the heart of a new social contract. The mandatory electronic ID card, used by more than 95 percent of Estonians, gives everyone a secure online identity and offers a platform for digital citizenship featuring more than *4,000 online services, including voting, paying taxes and online storage of health and police records.

This online ID system is an attempt to “redefine the nature of the country” by getting rid of bureaucracy and reinventing government as a service. 

*voting, taxes, police records… how is that getting rid of B

Estonia wants to smash bureaucratic silos and distribute power down to the citizens so that government comes to them rather than their having to go to the government. So says Andres Kütt, the chief architect of the Estonian Information System Authority. Kütt, a recent MIT graduate and former Skype employee, aims to integrate everyone’s data into a single, easy-to-navigate portal.

imagine using tech to listen to each voice.. rather than to offer many (*4000) but  limited choices.. as it could be


Estonia is a relatively underdeveloped place, especially in comparison with postindustrial economies like the United States or Germany. A tech megabillionaire could buy Estonia outright if he wanted. Its per-capita GDP of around $17,600 is ranked 42nd in the world (above middle-rank economies like Russia and Turkey but a third of Singapore’s $52,900), and the average monthly wage, after taxes, of its workforce of 675,000 is under 1,000 euros. Reports of Estonia as the next Silicon Valley are, to be polite, slightly exaggerated.

The revolution remains a work in progress, and many ordinary Estonians remain indifferent to a lot of these digital abstractions.


World Economic Forum (@wef) tweeted at 4:30 AM – 16 Jun 2018 :
Estonia is making public #transport free (


Vasilis Kostakis