From e-Government to Open Governance


The rise of new technology is changing the way we organise our lives completely – including the very nature of the state and governance. Can we and do we even want to understand how these developments have come about and what the future holds? These issues were examined in a series of presentations and discussions at a conference marking the 10th anniversary of the e-Governance Academy.

Session 1. The first 10 years of e-Government’s success story

09:30-10:00 Arrival, morning coffee
10:00-10:30 GISI. The key position of e-Estonia in the world. Estonia as a think tank of e-Government. The eGA/GISI initiative
Speaker: Toomas Hendrik Ilves
President of the Republic of Estonia
10:30-11:00 Networked society and networked governance
Speaker: Patrik Regårdh
Head of Networked Society Labs and Head of Strategic Marketing, Ericsson
11:00-11:30 The first ten years  of Estonia’s e-Government and the role of eGA
Speakers: Ivar Tallo, founder of eGA and Member of the Management Board
Arvo Ott, Executive Director of eGA
Taavi Kotka, Deputy secretary general responsible for ICTs, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications
11:30-12:00 Coffee break
12:00-12:30 Advancing e-Governance in Moldova and Tunisia
Speakers: Stela MocanExecutive Director of the e-Government Centre, Government of Moldova, Riadh Oueslati, Head of e-Services Department, E-government Unit in the Presidency of the Tunisian Government
12:30-13:10 Discussion panel. Developing e-Governance – why do some countries succeed?
Speakers: Ivar Tallo, Linnar Viik, Ants Sild, founders of eGA,Christine Leitner, member of eGA Supervisory Board, Andre Pung, Director General of the External Economic and Development Cooperation Department, the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
13:10-14:10 Lunch

Session 2. Vision of 2023: the influence of technology on governance in the next decade and the changing nature of democracy

14:10-14:40 Big Data – The end of Privacy or Privacy Redefined!
Speaker: Dejan Cvetković, Regional Technology Officer, Microsoft Central and East Europe
14:40-15:00 E-governance – taking democracy a step further
Speaker: Ambassador Maria Leissner, Secretary General, Community of Democracies
15:00-15:20 Coffee break
15:20-15:50 The Conversational Century: Citizen Engagement on the Social Web
Speaker: Elizabeth Linder, Politics & Government Specialist, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Facebook
15:50-16:30 Debate between technologists and democrats. Is open governance replacing e-government? Innovating governance based on new technologies.
Speakers: Yuri Misnikov, Christine Leitner, members of eGA Supervisory Board; Dejan Cvetković, Regional Technology Officer, Microsoft Central and East Europe, Elizabeth Linder,Politics & Government Specialist, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Facebook, Liia Hänni, e-Democracy Program Director, e-Governance Academy
16:30-16:40 Moderator’s summary
19:00- Reception at Tallinn Town Hall. Keynote lecture on the future of democracy.
Speaker: Alexander Trechsel, Professor, Department of Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute
The working languages of the conference are Estonian and English.

The venue took place at the Parliament Conference centre in Tallinn.

Mari Pedak

Team Leader U-LEAD support project EGOV4UKRAINE

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