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12
Jun
2024
by Federico Plantera
Podcast 🎧 & blog: The digital Africa briefing, with Lacina Koné

Putting digital transformation to work for the benefit of society means taking an extra step, to Lacina Koné. The CEO of Smart Africa supports the idea that on the way from digital buzz to business success, efficient digital government can be key in attracting and retaining top talent and investments. On the path towards a […]

15
May
2024
by Federico Plantera
Podcast 🎧 & blog: Open innovation is steering digital public goods

Digital frontiers are constantly reshaping the world, making digital diplomacy and public digital infrastructure critical areas of innovation and policy. Naturally, as governments navigate the complexities of fast-paced technological advancements that actively impact society, the need for a robust digital public infrastructure (DPI) and the effective use of digital public goods (DPG) becomes crucial. In […]

17
Apr
2024
by Federico Plantera
Podcast 🎧 & blog: Synergising digital and green transformations

Some terms in the public discourse, despite filled with meaning and relevant concepts, somehow happen to not really take hold. The green transition, a necessity of our times to address, still it’s something that – here and there – could truly benefit from more support. That support can come from citizens, enabled to participate in […]

6
Mar
2024
by Federico Plantera
Podcast 🎧 & blog: Data and services run fast in digital Ukraine

  Ukraine’s journey towards digital transformation has been marked by significant achievements, notably through the development and implementation of Trembita, the nation’s data exchange layer, and the Diia app. These tools have revolutionised the way citizens interact with government services, making them more efficient, transparent, and accessible. Zooming out, though, the context and circumstances within […]

10
Jan
2024
by Federico Plantera
Podcast 🎧 & blog: Europe in 2030 – a digital powerhouse?

Digital skills, collaborative efforts between the public and private sectors and governments are important in leading businesses into the digital era. We start the year with a strong vision and a focus on Europe, in light of the recently published DigitalEurope 2030 report. And we do so with Raido Lember, former CEO of the National […]

15
Nov
2023
by Federico Plantera
Podcast 🎧 & blog: 20 years of change in managing digital transformation

How long are two decades, when it comes to digital government? Well, very long – and with a lot of things happening. At least that is what it feels like, as the rapid pace of technological development presents governments with new opportunities, sure. But also, with challenges and risks, new elements to consider in strategy […]

1
Nov
2023
by Federico Plantera
Podcast 🎧 & blog: Digitalisation in Latin America means solutions to fit diverse needs

The past decade has seen digitalisation efforts in Latin America and the Caribbean area ramp up rapidly. Development has been fast, but not homogenous. Differing approaches across countries have created a map of digitalisation, that sees governments in the region excel at different things. So, what’s the way forward, in such a rapidly moving landscape? […]

4
Oct
2023
by Federico Plantera
Podcast 🎧 & blog: Empowering CSOs in the Western Balkans for digital transformation

Civil society organizations (CSOs) are assuming growingly critical roles in a rapidly evolving digital landscape. These organizations act as intermediaries between citizens and governments, advocating for inclusive digital policies and services that cater to the needs of all. In the Western Balkans, the ICEDA (Increasing Civic Engagement in the Digital Agenda) project aimed to foster and […]

21
Jun
2023
by Federico Plantera
Podcast 🎧 & blog: Laying the groundwork for The Gambia’s digital transformation

Our journey to bring to the spotlight country cases of digital transformation from Africa does not stop. One occasion was not enough – the all-African panel featuring changemakers from the continent at the latest e-Governance Conference. After taking a trip to Uganda, we now head to The Gambia, to see how the country laid the […]

14
Jun
2023
by Federico Plantera
Podcast 🎧 & blog: Uganda’s digital transformation

  The all-African panel that took place at the e-Governance Conference 2023 brought into the spotlight country cases of digital transformation from the continent. An enlightening sessions, where everyone attending – both online and offline – got a unique chance to hear, at a glance, the most salient developments in digital taking place in Uganda […]

24
May
2023
by Federico Plantera
Podcast & blog: Thinking about the past and future of digital transformation

The upcoming book by e-Governance Academy, “Twenty Years of Building Digital Societies”, brings into focus the role that digitalization played in Estonia, in the countries eGA has collaborated with – and what such expertise adds to the digital development strategies of countries worldwide. Vision, sustainability, people, security. We take the long view here, in a publication […]

28
Mar
2023
by Federico Plantera
Podcast 🎧 & blog: Digital innovation as catalyst for social change

Preparations for the 9th e-Governance Conference are well under way, for what has come to be one of the highest level e-governance events globally. In the past few years, we addressed ever-so-salient topics such as resilience and crisis management, with the pandemic and Russia’s war in Ukraine inevitably driving the agenda. In the 2023 edition […]

15
Feb
2023
by ega
Podcast 🎧 & blog: Digital government in Sweden is like a doughnut

Sweden is perhaps one of those countries that, in international rankings on government and digitalization, you sort of expect to do well – and indeed, so they do. Estonia figures among them as well, and we regularly see the interest this draws in understanding how development takes place, where, what’s next.  To take us there, […]

31
Jan
2023
by Federico Plantera
Podcast 🎧 & blog: Limited internet access can’t stop e-service development

  The title of this blog & podcast may sound like a paradox, but there is much, much more to it. In this episode of the Digital Government Podcast, we return to the Asian islands – southeast in the continent – to address public service development in Timor-Leste. Piret Saartee, a Senior Expert on Smart […]

18
Jan
2023
by Federico Plantera
Podcast 🎧 & blog: Making Tonga’s cyberspace more secure

Making the national cyberspace more secure does not pertain only to protecting it from cyber attacks. It is a day-to-day job, a commitment to small best practices too that do make a difference – and help prevent disruptions in our work activities, and the functioning of the public sector. Epp Maaten, Team Lead on Cybersecurity, […]

4
Jan
2023
by Federico Plantera
Podcast 🎧 & blog: 20 years of e-Governance Academy

That’s right. e-Governance Academy is turning 20 years old this year! Two decades of digital transformation; of understanding societies through the lens of technology; of advising governments worldwide on how to reap the benefits of digital development. And who better than Hannes Astok, Executive Director at eGA, to draw a bit of a retrospective. In […]

20
Dec
2022
by Federico Plantera
Podcast 🎧 & blog: Let’s sum up the year 2022!

  Another year has passed. Another year in which e-Governance Academy has been involved in digital transformation projects worldwide. Most might have expected calmer waters after exiting the emergency situation of the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, with 2022 came a number of events that saw our experts at the centre of the international scene. Executive Director […]

23
Nov
2022
by Federico Plantera
Podcast 🎧 & blog: Digital transformation in Brazil, and how Estonia can help

Based on essentially all wiki facts and general information, Brazil and Estonia could not be more different. Geographically, culturally, and socially. And still, as we luckily very often saw happen in the past years, these too have a joint meeting point – digital transformation. Interest in Estonia’s digital journey remains constant among policy and changemakers from the […]

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