What Does A Digital Government Look Like?

A Conversation with Anna Piperal.

In a recent TED Talk Anna Piperal describes how technology has changed the way Estonia does bureaucracy. Watch the video and learn how.

Q. Who is Anna Piperal?

Anna Piperal is a branding expert and digital enthusiast who strives to spread the idea of a “zero-bureaucracy” government ecosystem. She is an ambassador for E-Estonia.


Discussion questions:

  1. What was the problem in Estonia that led to a digital government?
  2. Where can a digital system be useful?
  3. When did Estonia start using E-Systems in government?
  4. How could e-systems effect the world in the future?
  5. Why is this important?
  6. Is digital government good or bad? What is the difference between EU and China being digital?
  7. Is this the beginning of George Orwell, 1984 world?
  8. Within a few years, it is anticipated that https will not only be worthless for security, but that quantum computers will be able to break virtually all encryption, both going forward from then and backward to the beginning of encrypted computing. What will Estonia do then (especially to the structure it has already developed)?
  9. When you lose your identity card, until you realise it (and maybe even later on) how do you stop hackers and other unscrupulous people from making use of it?
  10. What was the problem in Estonia that led to a digital government?

Important Vocabulary:

Digital government

1984 (George Orwell)

Quantem Computers


Identity theft

Bible Thoughts to Consider

“And he had power to give lift unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand for in their foreheads. And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Revelation 13:16, 17.

“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” Daniel 12:4.

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