Who can we blame for Brexit? What are the consequences of political dishonesty? How should we deal with the current state of chaos? Is e-Narnia real? What should governments do to attract the increasingly location independent population?
The world has reached a time of globalization – free movement of goods, services, people and information. Technology has played a huge role in helping all of that along – what’s coming next?
This year’s topic of the traditional symposium, Quo vadis, Estonia?, was Development in the Digital Age – including the recent developments in light of Brexit.
The two halves of the event included:
- Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia, and Teleport’s CEO Sten Tamkivi discussing the developments of digital age and matters.
- The President and Matthew Kaminski, Executive Editor of Politico’s European edition, sharing their reflections on Brexit and the influence it will have on the world.
Here’s a quick overview of the topics discussed – make sure to watch the video of the event at the end of the post!
Development in the digital age
- How has the world – economy, politics, traditional power relationships etc – changed in the past 25 years?
- The issue of technology and innovation fighting with the regulatory environment
- The need for a digital single market in Europe
- What are the underlying reasons of more people moving around?
- The increasing complexity of location decisions based on individual needs and preferences
- How does Teleport data help us understand and analyze current events (such as Brexit)?
- What are the challenges countries face when competing for talent?
- How does e-residency help with location independence?
- Is the attractiveness of brand name locations going down, and why?
- The increasing importance of identity in a world with more freedom of movement between countries
- The expectations for “e-narnia” versus the reality
- How do we see services like Teleport potentially becoming more integrated with e-residency?
- What is the next idea for country as a service?
- Which other countries would team up with Estonia and country as a service?
Check out Sten’s slides on the topic:
Brexit and its consequences
- First reactions to Brexit – on a personal level as well as from other countries
- Is the current chaos and the blow to liberal values and institutions inevitable and fatal?
- What does it mean for Estonia to lose Britain as a strong ally?
- What is the possibility of Brexit not even happening?
- The implications of Brexit on the free movement of people
- The issues with non-binding referendums and political dishonesty
- What will Europe be like without London/UK in the block?
- Who should take charge of the divorce talks with Britain?
- How are we going to safeguard the Estonian vision of prospering in the new digital world with the chaos around us?
- The “romantic” leave campaign versus hard facts from those who wanted to stay – what does the choice say about the state of the society?
- After Brexit, is there more likely going to be a new push for Estonian collaboration with the Nordics, Baltics and other countries?
Watch the video of the event below – Sten and the President’s discussion starts at 04:20 and the Brexit discussion is at 2:17:00.