Episode Description

How to build a digital-native nation? How to use digital-native design to solve voter fraud and corruption?

For an action-packed episode with an actual builder of digital governments, our host Waheed Rahman (@iwaheedo) takes the seat with one of the world’s most influential people in the field of digital governance, Siim Sikkut. (@sikkut) The man who led Estonia’s groundbreaking E-residency program and also played a builder role as the Estonian government’s former Chief Information Officer (CIO). Siim is also the author of the book ‘Digital Government Excellence: Lessons from Effective Digital Leaders” and helps policymakers and technologists around the globe in building future-ready digital societies. 

On the episode we cover:

-the fundamentals of building a digital nation
-E-residency, virtual identity programs for non-residents
-Estonian government's technological and legal approach to transforming the country into one of the most advanced digital nations in the world
-strategies and policies needed to launch and steer development initiatives and regulations
-how to use digital design solutions in overcoming issues such as voter fraud, tax fraud, corruption and enabling agile policymaking in government
-how to collaborate with relevant stakeholders on policies concerning technology and digital adoption
-how to use the best practices of scalable startups in innovating solutions for citizens 

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Here are the timestamps for the episode. On some podcast players, you should be able to click the timestamp for the episode. 
(00:00) - Intro

(04:05) - Siim's background in digital government

(06:44) - What is the reason for the Tiger Leap Initiative originating in Estonia?

(08:14) - What is unique about the Estonian government's digital Program? 

(13:49) - How was the issue of building citizens' trust addressed in Estonia governments' digital program initiatives?

(15:45) - What approaches were taken to address the problem of voter fraud?

(25:25) - What steps were taken to communicate to government stakeholders and ministers that the process was iterative and there was a risk of failure, and how were they convinced of the importance of taking such risks in pursuing e-government progress?

(28:00) - Revenue model of the E-Residency program of Estonia

(33:13) - In what ways were digital solutions leveraged to combat corruption and enhance transparency?

(36:32) - What are the best practices for smaller countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America that are interested in adopting a more digital government approach similar to the Estonian model?
(43:25) - what approach do you think is more effective for politicians in terms of giving remits and prescriptions to civil servants for technology initiatives?

(45:48) - What lessons can be learned from the failures of digital governments, and what traps do government officials commonly encounter on their digital journeys?

(48:21) - Quick Fire Round

(50:10) - Outro