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The Estonia Model: A Conversation With President Toomas Hendrik Ilves on a Free and Secure Internet

May 4, 2015

The Republic of Estonia built a new government from the ground up, resulting in the world's most comprehensive and efficient “e-government.” Citizens are empowered by a free nationwide Wi-Fi network and a school program that boosts tech competence at every age level. But being an early adopter also has its risks. In 2007, Estonia was one of the first victims of a large-scale cyberattack that mostly targeted government websites and financial services. The attack provided the country's security experts with valuable experience and information in dealing with such incidents. Eight years later, the Wilson Center welcomed President Toomas Hendrik Ilves for a discussion on the state of Estonia’s cybersecurity, privacy, and the digital economy. That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND. 

Jane Harman, Director, President and CEO, Wilson Center.
Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President, Republic of Estonia.

John Milewski
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Toomas Hendrik Ilves

President of the Republic of Estonia
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