Big Brother seems to just want to help Big Brother is just trying to help in Estonia nation at the very least. In this small country of 1.3 million, people have overcame fears of the Orwellian dystopia characterized by all-encompassing surveillance, and have evolved into an increasingly digital society.
The government brought a majority of the services it offered online through an e-Estonia State Portal. The nation’s digitally-savvy governance was not the product of a meticulously crafted master plan, but rather an effective and cost-effective solution to budgetary limitations.
It helped that Estonian citizens believed in their government following Estonia gained its independence from 1991. In turn politicians entrusted Estonia’s engineers, who were not bound by any obligation to the old hardware or software in order to develop something entirely innovative. It proved to be a successful formula, and it is now in use by all European nations.
The Nation Principle That Is Once-Only
Through its digital governance, Estonia implemented its once-only principle, mandating that the state isn’t allowed to solicit citizens for the same data twice.
Also, if you submit your address or family member’s names to the Census Bureau, your health insurance provider won’t then ask you to provide the same information. The government’s departments and agency is allowed to ask citizens to duplicate information that is already in their database, or the database of a different agency. A tech-savvy former prime minister and vice president of the European Commission Andrus Ansip oversaw the change.
The once-only principle has proven to be so successful that, in the spirit of Estonia’s common-sense approach and a common-sense approach, the EU adopted a digital Once Only Principle and initiative in the early part of this year. It guarantees the citizens and businesses supply certain standard information only once. Because public administration offices take action to internally share this data, so that no additional burden falls on citizens and businesses.
Requesting information only once is a good method to follow. A number of countries have begun to adopt this idea (including Poland and Austria).
However, this doesn’t solve the issue that simply seeking information could cause problems for businesses and citizens. The principle of once-only does not assure that the data. Collected was need to obtain or to be utilize to its maximum potential.
Twice-Mandatory Nation Principle
Governments must always think about looking for ways to improve their thinking, asking whether. For instance what government agency is in need of this data which other agencies could gain from the information? Beyond this what insight can we gain from this information?
Finance expert Vernon Hill introduced an interesting One to Say YES, Two to Say NO rule in. The beginning of Metro Bank UK: It is only one person who can take a yes or no decision and it takes two people to make a no decision. If you’re planning to refuse your customers, you’ll need to write an additional check to confirm this.
Imagine how easy and effective an idea would be if government officials learned this lesson. What if all information gathered from individuals or companies had the potential to be utilize. For at least two different purposes (at minimum!) or by two organizations to be worthy of asking for it?
Estonian Tax and Customs Board Nation
The Estonian Tax and Customs Board might be surprising. Given the popularity of tax authorities an illustration of the possibility for a paradigm change. In 2014, the board launched an entirely new approach to tackle tax fraud. It requires each business transaction exceeding 1,000 euros to be report every month by the companies who are affect.
To minimise the administrative burden of this, the government introduced an application-programming interface. That allows information to be automatically exchange between the company’s accounting software and the state’s tax system.
Although there was some opposition from the media at first by former president Toomas Hendrik Ilves. Who vetoed the original version of the law the program was a major success. Estonia beat its initial estimation for EUR30 million in taxes by nearly two times.
Latvia, Spain, Belgium, Romania, Hungary and other countries have all taken the same path to control and finding tax fraud. However, analyzing this data beyond tax fraud is where the true potential is not visible.
Predictive Models And Analytics
Analytics, big data and prediction models are expect to play a key role in the upcoming generation of e-government technology. In the case of a single transaction, for instance, if data puzzles are combine to create an overview of the larger national business. Landscape it may be possible to comprehend the complex interdependencies among companies that are illustrate below.
However, this poses a fascinating question is whether a federal government could make use of this digital tracking. System to gather information regarding the health of the economy as well as general economic developments?