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Panel Discussion

meu tallinn 2017

How will the Internet affect the way in which we are governed?

Panel discussion at MEU Tallinn 2017


Nordic Hotel Forum (Viru Väljak 3, Tallinn) | 15:15h -17:15h


For many of us, the Internet has become ubiquitous in life. However, for governments the technological transition to offering services online and using digital and mobile applications to improve the services that they provide to their citizens is a two-edged sword. The potential to provide public services and communicate faster online offers a great opportunity for public administration. At the same time, concerns about the security of private data online and the way this data is used have made some governments and citizens reluctant to go ahead with reforms. Further challenges for governments stem from the demand of a stable legal framework for Internet-based services.

The topic of digital government is high on the political agenda these days. Estonia has been one of the global pioneers in digital governance and declared the transition to digital governance one of the main priorities during its EU Council presidency this year. Following initiatives such as online voting and the e-residency programme, the country has much experience to share with its European peers on how to offer public services via the Internet.

At MEU Tallinn 2017, three experts on digital government will introduce the topic of digital governance. We will tackle questions about they way in which governments can provide public services more efficiently online, how this can be done in a secure way and how the EU can contribute to the digital agenda.

Ms Liis Rebane is currently the Head of Estonian Cyber Security Policy in the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, where her main responsibilities are policy planning, national cyber security strategy coordination and legislation.

Mr Innar Liiv, PhD works as Associate Professor of Data Science at Tallinn University of Technology and Cyber Studies Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. His research focuses, among other things, on the use of big data in public administration.

Mr Margus Mägi is the Advisor for EU Secretariat at Government Office of Estonia. He has formerly worked for the Estonian Centre of Registers and Information Systems and technology company Nortal focusing on the promotion of social entrepreneurship.