IPR: My Digital Self

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Petteri Kivimäki, CTO of the Nordic Institute for Interoperability Solutions (NIIS), shares how X-Road, a free open-source software, is increasingly reducing the costs of governance and allowing for e-governance solutions that better serve people and businesses in the digital age.

Currently a partnership between Estonia and Finland, NIIS will soon include Iceland. Bringing other European Union countries under the umbrella of NIIS is a short term goal of the organization. X-Road is used by government agencies in twenty countries worldwide, including Argentina, Kyrgyzstan, Vietnam, Cambodia and Japan.

Show Notes

The Nordic X-Road: Bringing e-Governance to Our Digital Selves

Petteri Kivimäki  

Nordic Institute for Interoperability Solutions (NIIS)


Suomi.fi Data Exchange Layer (Finland’s X-Road environment)

X-tee (Estonia’s X-Road)

The MIT License

Estonia's i-Voting System

What is IPR: My Digital Self?

The mixed blessing of the digital age has reached a turning point in what some have called the Fourth Industrial Revolution. My Digital Self, with host Matthew Foley, explores digital technology as it affects the interrelation of human rights, property rights, privacy, and money.

Will emerging blockchain technologies enable us to take back our privacy, own our identity and use non-sovereign digital currency, known as cryptocurrency, to engage in commerce? Listen to discussions with guests who explain these cutting-edge technologies, tell us how they are currently being used and pull back the curtain to our possible futures.

IPR Podcasts presents issues and analysis that matter to you from the world's thought leaders. The Institute for Policy Research [IPR] is an interdisciplinary policy research center of the Catholic University of America.