Lessons from the World’s Most Tech-Savvy Government

By Sten Tamkivi – Estonia uses a simple, unique ID methodology across all systems, from paper passports to bank records to government offices and hospitals. A citizen with the personal ID code 37501011234 is a male born in the 20th century (3) in year ’75 on January 1 as the 123rd baby of that day. The number ends with a computational checksum to easily detect typos.

No part of the Estonian government can turn down a citizen’s digitally signed document and demand a paper copy instead.

This is what United States, along with many other countries struggling to get the Internet, could learn from Estonia: the mindset. The willingness to get the key infrastructure right and continuously re-invent it. more> http://tinyurl.com/pbuzljg

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