Study trip gave insights into Estonian e-governance
On April 4, students interested in the Estonian e-governance experience met with various experts in Tallinn. The main aim of the trip was to introduce students to the institutions and practitioners who are in charge of developing, designing and supervising Estonian e-services.
The trip was organized by the UT Centre for IT Impact Studies (CITIS) in the framework of the course “Measuring the impact of e-government: Economic, Political and Social Outcomes”, with the goal to give a more applied perspective on the course topics.
During the field trip students visited an executive briefing centre and an innovation hub - E-Estonia showroom - where they had the possibility to meet with Estonia’s former government Chief Information Officer, Taavi Kotka, who answered to students’ questions about the take-off of the e-governance in Estonia, citizens’ trust in e-services, and the future of the e-residency. Students also met with the risk analyst from the Estonian Tax and Customs Board, Ivar Laur, who delivered a presentation on the public sector’s data usage.
The field trip was concluded with the tour of the TUT Innovation and Business Center Mektory where students visited various labs and tested out the virtual reality headsets at VR lab „Re:Creation“.
Additional information: Kristjan Vassil, Senior Researcher at Johan Skytte Institute of Poltiical Studies, kristjan.vassil [ät] ut.ee, +372 737 5338.
Research Communication Specialist
Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies
University of Tartu
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