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President Kaljulaid in Munich: announcing certain types technology as being unsafe should not serve as an excuse for the non-development of e-services

President Kaljulaid in Munich: announcing certain types technology as being unsafe should not serve as an excuse for the non-development of e-services
President Kaljulaid and the participants of the Munich Youth Forum.
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17.02.2019

President Kersti Kaljulaid was this morning’s guest of honour at Munich Youth Forum where she said, among other things, that announcing certain types of technology as being unsafe should not serve as an excuse for countries to remain passive in the further development of e-services.

"Declaring everything digitally unsafe is not an excuse to deprive citizens of elementary e-services offered by the state. All countries are under the obligation to protect the data of their people, but how safe can it be in an analogue and paper world? We in Estonia know that every move will leave a trace in the digital world," explained President Kersti Kaljulaid.

The Head of State also said that the first steps taken by men on the Moon did not change much in our everyday lives, whereas the introduction of the washing machine has influenced everybody’s life to a much greater extent. "The introduction of new technologies should be somewhat like using a washing machine – these should be available to everyone, reliable and easy to use,” said President Kaljulaid, in comparison.

President Kaljulaid spoke at the traditional Munich Youth Forum, where presentations have previously been given by Henry Kissinger, a former United States diplomat and politician, and recipient of the Nobel Peace Award; Wolfgang Schäuble, a German politician and former Minister of Finance; and President Toomas Hendrik Ilves.

The Estonian Head of State spent this weekend at the Munich Security Forum where a number of bilateral meetings took place along with several presentations; for example, e-solutions and digital girls were discussed with Ivanka Trump, advisor to the President of the United States; Estonia’s opportunities to contribute to the digital development of Africa were discussed with the President of Egypt and the Head of the African Union, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, and the current United Kingdom Brexit negotiations were discussed with the EU Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier.

The Estonian Head of State was also a keynote speaker at the annual discussion about Ukraine in Munich; this year, the discussion focused on presidential elections to take place in March, the security situation in the country and the need to continue with reforms and the strengthening of a country based on the rule of law.

President Kaljulaid will return to Estonia late this evening.

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