ERA Chair in e-Governance and Digital Public Services

The ERA Chair in e-Governance and Digital Public Services is based at the University of Tartu, and i

ECePS ERA Chair in e-governance and digital public services is a research group led by Professor Dr Dr Robert Krimmer. Our research and activities focus mainly on e-voting and developing new innovative digital public services.

Operating as usual

08/05/2024

New article out!
Where Mihkel Solvak and Ave Lauringson discuss the core features of the Estonian digital ecosystem that have led to an exponential growth of in public digital service usage and started a move into the so-called postdigital society.
Read more here: https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/10517706/references

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A Case Study of the Public Sector Digital Ecosystem in Estonia | IEEE Journals & Magazine | IEEE Xplore A universal electronic identification system ensures that all citizens have default access to digital services. We discuss the core features of the Estonian dig

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🇨🇾🤝🇪🇪 Yesterday, members of the ECePS team received a visit from University of Nicosia PhD Candidate Petros Petrikkos, who is currently a Visiting Researcher at Tallinn University. Petros spoke about his own research on hybrid threats and small states, and exchanged ideas with ECePS JRFs about e-governance, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence. Thanks for coming to visit!

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🇪🇪🤝🇫🇷 On Wednesday, the ECePS team was very happy to welcome a visiting delegation of French political scientists to the Johan Skytte Institute.

✨The delegation from ESPOL at the Catholic University of Lille was led by Dr. Giulia Sandri and Dr. Felix-Christopher von Nostitz, and featured bright Masters students from their digital governance programme.

🗳️The morning session included a warm welcome from Vincent Homburg, overviews of research on trust and distrust in i-voting from Bogdan Romanov and AI in public administration from Art Alishani. Students from the Masters of Politics and Governance in the Digital Age programme, Julia Suzuki and Nana Gegia, shared their experiences with study at Skytte.

💻In the afternoon, Mihkel Solvak spoke about the Estonian digital ecosystem, while Logan Carmichael provided an overview of Cybersecurity in Estonia.

🙌Thank you so much to the ESPOL for your visit and wonderful, enlightening discussions on these digital topics!

Post-digital personal government and the future of interoperability | LinkedIn 14/02/2024

Join us now! Talking about Post-digital personal government and the future of interoperability together with Nortal, Political Science - University of Tartu and Institute of Interoperability Studies

Post-digital personal government and the future of interoperability | LinkedIn We are witnessing a transformation that turns the traditional view of government inside-out. This means prioritizing what citizens should experience - their data, contextual opportunities, and obligations - while minimizing everything else. Join our virtual discussion on Feb 14, 2024 at 16:00 (EET)....

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❄️This past weekend, ECePS JRFs Art Alishani and Logan Carmichael participated in the 13th annual European Sauna Marathon in Otepää, Estonia. As part of a 4-person team, they completed 7 of 8 saunas in the pre-competition event, and 14 of 17 saunas in the competition itself, traversing much of South Estonia in the process. Well done team! 🥳

Post-digital personal government and the future of interoperability | LinkedIn 29/01/2024

Join webinar discussion with ECePS and Nortal!
𝐃𝐢𝐠𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐥 𝐠𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐞𝐫𝐚 𝐨𝐟 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐠𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐞
Join the discussion on February 14, 2024 at 16:00 (EET) with industry experts Andres Raieste, Senior Vice President of the Public Sector at Nortal, Mihkel Solvak, Associate Professor at the University of Tartu, and Ville Sirviö, CEO of the Nordic Institute of Interoperability Solutions, as we dive deep into the future of public services, and explore the future of interoperability from a global and whole-of-society perspective.
We are witnessing the end of the digital government era, making room for something new – the era of Personal Government. This transformation involves turning the traditional government view inside-out, prioritizing what citizens should experience – their data, contextual opportunities, and obligations – while minimizing everything else. But what happens after we’ve completed digitalization, and how does it impact the future of public services?

Secure your spot now! Register for the webinar here https://www.linkedin.com/events/7142862896518119424/comments/

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Post-digital personal government and the future of interoperability | LinkedIn We are witnessing a transformation that turns the traditional view of government inside-out. This means prioritizing what citizens should experience - their data, contextual opportunities, and obligations - while minimizing everything else. Join our virtual discussion on Feb 14, 2024 at 16:00 (EET)....

26/01/2024

💻On 24th and 25th January, ECePS JRF Biao He visited the Copenhagen Business School for SWEG 2024 - the Scandinavian Workshop on e-Governance 🇩🇰 Biao brought his 2nd work-in-process PhD research article to the workshop and received participants' constructive feedback. He also connected with e-Governance researchers from across Europe. This trip was kindly supported by the Erasmus Mobility Fund and the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu.

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🥝 Last week, ECePS JRF Logan Carmichael was in Auckland, New Zealand and gave a lecture entitled “Foreign Policy, Security, and Digital Challenges in the EU” to students in the University of Auckland’s European Integration summer school course.

👩‍💻 Logan’s lecture looked at hybrid tactics, and especially digital elements, both pre-dating and since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, as well as how the EU and its members states (including Estonia) have responded.

26/12/2023
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More great news from ECePS JRF Biao He, in Shanghai last week 👏

After almost two years with prep work, on 14th and 15th December, Biao was one of the main organisers and coordinator of the Sino-Nordic Workshop "Development, Opportunities and Challenges of the Digital Transformation of Welfare Services in China and Nordic Countries" in the Nordic Center Fudan University, Shanghai. This workshop invited researchers from the UK, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Estonia, and China, sharing their fresh studies on e-government and digital public service delivery, discussing the current e-governance development trends and exploring future collaboration opportunities.

Biao also presented his PhD paper "Implementation of e-Gov innovation in Chinese municipal governments: the case of Accessible and Age-Friendly e-Service delivery"

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📌On 12th December, ECePS JRF Biao He, together with prof. Rune Halvorsen from Oslo Metropolitan University, gave a lecture to Bachelor’s students at Fudan University in Shanghai. Biao guided the students to reflect on the Nordic welfare policies in comparative, policy-learning, and critical perspectives. He was also invited to share his study and working experiences in European countries, encouraging the students to embrace adventures in their lives ✨

04/12/2023

We are LIVE now! Discussing future of cross-border mobile public services in Brussels. Tune in at https://worksup.com/app/ #/event/MGOV4EU/agenda/plan

TÜ J. Skytte poliitikauuringute instituut Political Science - University of Tartu University of Tartu Eesti Teadusagentuur Kristel Oitmaa

04/12/2023

Please join us this Thursday (7th December) for a talk on “Dutch National Elections 2023: Lessons to Learn,” hosted jointly by ECePS ERA Chair and REPAIR.

⏰14:15-15:30
🏢Lossi 36, room 307

We hope to see you there!

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Stefan Dedovic is this week’s . His research focuses on e-governance and interoperability, and some of his highlights from this year are as follows:

🌟 Stefan was invited as an expert on interoperability to provide a presentation and hold a workshop with Western Balkan experts on digital transformation in Montenegro

🌟 He was also co-chair of the Mobile Government and Interoperability Track at the d.go2023 conference in Gdansk, Poland

🌟 Additionally, Stefan met the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Polish statesman L**h Wałęsa

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This week’s is Art Alishani. Some highlights from his year are as follows:

🌟Spoke at the Regional School of Public Administration’s Seasonal School for Digital Transformation in Budva, Montenegro. He gave a talk entitled “Citizen and Government Employee Perspective on the Use of AI in Government,” as well as participating in a panel discussion

🌟Presented his research on “Challenges and Opportunities of Artificial Intelligence for Service Delivery in the Western Balkans” during the SIGMA webinar series, an initiative jointly supported by the EU and OECD

🌟Attended the Tallinn Digital Summit alongside global key stakeholders in various digital fields

If you’re interested in watching Art’s SIGMA webinar talk, it is available here (from 2:09:14): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQbZzJ7wzXw

14/11/2023

🗣️ICYMI: Mihkel Solvak’s new article, “Kes Mobiiliga Valimisel Kontrollib, Kuhu Mu Hääl Viimaks Jõuab?” (“When Voting with a Mobile Phone, Who Checks Where My Vote Ends Up?”), has been published on Eesti Päevaleht.

Mihkel’s article looks at the many considerations surrounding the ongoing process of implementing mobile voting in Estonia, drawing on e-voting stats from past elections, and surveying on views of e-voters 📲🗳️

He ultimately finds that the potential for m-voting is highest among young active e-voters, who are both used to using digital services and have strong trust in interacting with the state this way.

Subscribers of Delfi can read more (in Estonian) here: https://epl.delfi.ee/artikkel/120246013/mihkel-solvak-kes-mobiiliga-valimisel-kontrollib-kuhu-mu-haal-viimaks-jouab

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This week’s is Logan Carmichael, whose research focuses on cybersecurity governance and decision-making around e-governance.

Some of the highlights of Logan’s year have been:
🌟Publishing her book chapter “Les Cinq Yeux” in the edited volume “Préparer La Cyberpaix: Piratage et Diplomatie à l’ére Numérique” (Preparing for Cyber Peace: Hacking and Diplomacy in the Digital Era)

🌟Being invited by the NATO accredited Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence to lead a team of ten volunteers at their flagship conference, CyCon

🌟Attending the OGP Global Summit in Tallinn in September, alongside incredible global figures and thought leaders

01/11/2023

This week's is Biao He. Biao's research focuses on accessible e-service delivery and Chinese local bureaucracy.

Here are some of the highlights of his year:
🌟 Biao spent the first half of the year in China, visiting Wuhan University and Shenzhen University as a guest researcher, working on digital accessibility research projects. He also served as an expert advisor to local governments on promoting and implementing the delivery of accessible e-government.

🌟 In April, Wuhan University and Wuhan East Lake Institute of Social Advancement invited Biao to be a panel chair at the EU-funded 'Disability Employment Seminar in the Context of Comprehensive Development of Disabled Cause,' attended by academics, NGOs, policy-makers, and persons with disabilities to discuss digital accessibility.

🌟 Biao is organising a workshop - 'Sino-Nordic e-Governance and Digitalisation of Welfare Services' in December, to be held at the Nordic Centre in Fudan University. It will be a gathering of researchers from Nordic countries and China to discuss the development, opportunities, and challenges of digital transformation of public service delivery, from a comparative perspective.

01/11/2023

Yes, there is a country where electoral life is indeed an online life. And it is not a sci-fi dream. It is here in 🇪🇪 A piece by Bogdan Romanov, our Junior Researcher in ERA Chair in e-Governance and Digital Public Services.

PS. For the ones who did not know: yes, you can actually do high level academic research on digital services.
👉https://releasepeace.org/in-this-country-parliament-is-elected-online/

25/10/2023

Meet our team! Over the next several weeks, we will be introducing you to the members of our ECePS team, starting with our Junior Research Fellows.

This week’s is Bogdan Romanov. Bogdan’s research focuses on trust and distrust in online voting, in democracies and autocracies.

Some of his research highlights from this year include having publications accepted to journals such as ‘Russian Politics’, ‘Nordiques’, and ‘Political Behaviour’ (watch this space!), and a recent blog post about online voting, which you can read here: https://releasepeace.org/in-this-country-parliament-is-elected-online/

Diffusion and Impact of Internet Voting 04/10/2023

Join a free e-course to learn about Estonia's successful e-voting experience and gain practical skills for evaluating the impact of internet voting!
Estonia is a country that has moved all its public services processes online. In this course, you will learn to interpret research results for various public policy recommendations - a valuable skill for those planning a future in the field of e-governance.
Registration is open until October 13! https://shorturl.at/psAEG
Successful graduates receive a certificate from the University of Tartu.
Improving the use of digital tools to bring government closer to citizens is one of the core topics of the ECePS ERA Chair of e-governance and digital public services, such as through internet voting systems, and to build trust in e-services, and including analysis of social trust and acceptance of new e-governance technologies.
Intro video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cM9nSh5QaAE&ab_channel=UTJohanSkytteInstituteofPoliticalStudies

Diffusion and Impact of Internet Voting Improving the use of digital tools to bring government closer to citizens is one of the core topics of the ECePS ERA Chair of e-governance and digital public...

27/09/2023

In this podcast episode, Dmytro Khutkyy joins us to discuss latest trends in digital participation in an evolving digital landscape, where governments must adapt to the changing dynamics of civic participation.
By embracing transparency, cooperation, and inclusivity, governments can foster a stronger democracy where citizens actively engage in shaping their future.
🎧Listen here https://shorturl.at/szJPY

18/05/2023

Our Junior Research Fellow Logan Carmichael is representing us in Padova, Italy this week at the 7th European Multidisciplinary Conference on Global Internet Governance Actors, Regulations, Transactions and Strategies. She gave well-received talk on "Government Decision-Making in the Aftermath of Cybersecurity Crises Affecting e-Governance: Lessons from Estonia"


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10/05/2023

Our researcher Dmytro Khutkyy has published three policy briefs on i-voting for open government. You can find them here:
📄Dmytro Khutkyy and Elisa Lironi. 2023. “Internet voting for open government: what, why, and how to introduce it in the European Union.” EDDA-ECAS Policy Brief 2023/1.
https://europeandigital.org/files/19/EDDA-ECAS-brief-open-government-EU.pdf

📄 Dmytro Khutkyy and Elisa Lironi. 2023. “Internet voting for open government: what, why, and how to introduce it in European countries.” EDDA-ECAS Policy Brief 2023/2.
https://europeandigital.org/files/19/EDDA-ECAS-brief-open-government-national.pdf

📄Dmytro Khutkyy and Elisa Lironi. 2023. “Internet voting for open government: what, why, and how to introduce it in local communities.” EDDA-ECAS Policy Brief 2023/3.
https://europeandigital.org/files/19/EDDA-ECAS-brief-open-government-local.pdf

TÜ J. Skytte poliitikauuringute instituut Political Science - University of Tartu e-Estonia

30/04/2023

Our students from Politics and Governance in the Digital Age MA programme took a Study Trip to Tallinn. They had a first-hand experience in the e-Estonia Briefing Center and also the Government Innovation Unit in the new Joint Ministry Building.

The fun fact is that Estonians refer to the building as the "Super" Ministry😄

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