How to Digitize a Country

Toomas IlvesToomas Ilves is the former president of Estonia (2006-2016). Ilves is currently a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. In 2018-19, he is a Berggruen fellow at CASBS. His primary research focus and project at CASBS is on regulatory and technical solutions necessary to ensure the continued functioning of liberal democracy in the digital era. Since leading Estonia on its road to becoming a leader in e-governance beginning in the early 1990s, Ilves has focused on democracy and digitization for some 25 years. In 2016, Ilves began co-chairing a WEF working group on blockchain technology. In 2017 Ilves became an advisory council member of German Marshall Fund’s Alliance for Securing Democracy. He is a member of the advisory boards of the Munich Security Conference, the NATO Center of Excellence for Cyber Security, the German Marshal Fund’s Alliance for Securing Democracy, and the Alliance for Democracy’s Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity. Ilves also sits on the advisory board of the Oxford University Centre for Technology and Global Affairs. In this talk, Toomas discusses…

1. A unique and secure digital identity with legal efficacy.
2. A strong, distributed architecture for data.
3. A guarantee of data integrity.