Montesquieu Institute: from science to society

Linnar Viik over online stemmen de invloed van ICT op onze democratie

Monday, August 27 2018, 9:03

DEN HAAG (PDC) - On Thursday, September 13, Linnar Viik, fomer director at Skype and instrumental in the digitalisation of Estonia, will speak at the Montesquieu-Prinsjes lecture in The Hague.

Estonia has become a leader in ICT in recent years. For example, Estonia is probably the only country in the world where 99% of the public services are digitally available, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Every ID card that is issued is also provided with a chip that enables citizens to identify themselves online. This ID card is also used during online voting.

In 2005, Estonia became the first country in the world where citizens could vote online during the national elections. Only the ID card and an internet connection are required. Voters around the world can vote for national and parliamentary elections. By using blockchain technology and other forms of ebcryption software, this form of voting is also anonymous. In addition, as long as it is possible to vote, voters can change their vote.

Apart from the fact that this form of voting saves a lot of time and effort for many groups, this also saves 11,000 working days during elections.

Those who want to know more about online voting, the role of the government in this and other examples of the digital possibilities in Estonia can register now!

This year the Europe Lecture is organized in cooperation with the ‘Montesquieu Prinsjeslezing’, under the umbrella of the Prinsjesfestival .