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EU should forge ahead with electronic ID, says Estonian minister

In Big Brother on April 11, 2011 at 3:52 pm

By Honor Mahony

Estonians reckon that if the internet had a hometown, it would be located somewhere within the borders of their electronically advanced Baltic state.

Estonia made the headlines in 2000, an e-lifetime ago, when it introduced a ‘paperless government’. and since then, the 1.3 million strong nation has remained a pioneer among EU member states when it comes to the e-society.

Estonian parents check the academic progress of their children online. Estonia’s e-police are just a click a way from knowing whether the car you are driving has valid insurance or is due for a road safety test. Doctors write electronic prescriptions. And would-be entrepreneurs can electronically register a new business in under 20 minutes.

Meanwhile Estonians no longer “go” to the bank at all; they “log on” to it. Only tourists buy paper tickets for the public transport system (everyone else does it via the internet and the use of their obligatory electronic ID card or their mobile phone). And all can vote electronically.

Economy minister Johan Parts says the country’s quick advances in all things e-society is due to the fact that the IT revolution co-incided with when Estonia was rebuilding itself as an

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