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High-level workshop on digital technology to be held in Washington

11. October 2017 - 15:03

Today, 11 October, a high-level workshop entitled ‘Digital Dividends: Roads to an Inclusive Digital Society’ will be held in Washington and hosted, among others, by the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The workshop will be opened by Märt Kivine, the Estonian Special Representative of the European Union 2018 budget negotiations.

Today, 11 October, a high-level workshop entitled ‘Digital Dividends: Roads to an Inclusive Digital Society’ will be held in Washington and hosted, among others, by the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The workshop will be opened by Märt Kivine, the Estonian Special Representative of the European Union 2018 budget negotiations.

“The whole world is closely watching how the EU is organising the digital single market. Estonia assumed a major responsibility when we decided to focus on digital affairs during our Presidency of the Council of the EU,” noted Kivine.

“Innovative solutions for taxation and services should not impede economic development, while the benefits offered by technology should not be left unexploited. At the same time, these solutions should strengthen the rights of consumers and citizens,” said Kivine, summarising one of the major challenges of the digital field, which is also the primary focus of the workshop.

The keynote speaker of the workshop is Toomas Hendrik Ilves, a former President of Estonia, who will talk about the potential of a digital society and its opportunities, as illustrated by the example of Estonia. Toomas Hendrik Ilves’s speech will stress that technology is not decisive in itself, but rather it is how the opportunities offered by new technologies are used; by creating an appropriate legal and administrative environment.

The workshop will focus on how the progress of digital technology is changing the economy, society and modes of governance. A key issue in the discussion is on the opportunities offered by digital technology for advancement in income and productivity. The workshop will also look at related challenges such as securing privacy, protecting data and shielding against cybercrime.

The workshop is organised by the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in cooperation with the World Bank, the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL), and the United Nations Foundation.