Ilves: Estonia's IT success thanks to progressive adoption of laws, policy

Former Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves. Source: (AFP/Scanpix)

Speaking at the 2018 Forbes CIO Summit in California, former Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves said that what Estonia has accomplished in the IT field has been thanks not to technological advances, but rather the configuration readiness of Estonia's legislative and executive powers.

"I said that what Estonia has accomplished in the past quarter century was possible not because we are more technologically advanced but because of the willingness of policymakers to make policy, lawmakers to enact laws, and regulators, who have the backing of the laws, to regulate," Ilves said on social media.

"Technology is everywhere, and it is, if you think of its power, amazingly cheap," h continued. "Any government or state can get the technology. Not every government, however, has the courage to adopt a policy or the right kind of laws."

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