The UK signed a memorandum of understanding with Estonia which will see the two countries work on digital public services together by sharing knowledge and capability in design, architecture and security of public information systems and via an exchange of officials and experts. This is in keeping with the UK government’s digital by default agenda whereby it wants to make all public services and transactions digital.
The MoU was signed by Liam Maxwell, the UK government’s chief technology officer and Jaan Priisalu, the director-general of the Estonian Information Systems’ Authority.
According to Cabinet Minister Francis Maude, “Estonia is one of the most connected countries in the world and a trailblazer in public sector ICT and cyber security.”
“I was hugely impressed when I visited Estonia last year by how much of government there is online, with e-voting, e-health, e-schools, and virtually all tax returns completed on line in minutes.
“Digital government can also be the underpinning of open societies that put the needs of the citizen first, and the UK already has one of the most transparent governments in the world. So, we have much to learn from each other and much to gain.”
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