IPR: My Digital Self

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Summary

This episode is largely about the groundwork that needs to occur in America in order to have widespread access to remote electronic voting. It’s a prologue, not the story itself.

42% of Estonians vote online. It took Estonia decades to accomplish this. The road to remote electronic voting in America will likely take years to implement as well. It requires changing America’s bureaucratic culture, establishing a secure national digital identity for citizens, providing for personal ownership of data and building a secure, transparent, distributed digital architecture for government services.

Join Matt and Marten for a fascinating discussion about how America can transfer the administrative functions of its distributed federalist form of government to a distributed digital architecture that shrinks bureaucratic friction and improves the quality of life for Americans.

Show Notes

The Distributed States of America: A Prologue to Remote Electronic Voting in the U.S.

Marten Kaevats
https://www.linkedin.com/in/marten-kaevats-80098990/?originalSubdomain=ee

E-estonia
https://e-estonia.com/solutions/e-governance/

Estonia’s I-Voting - The Country of Estonia has successfully implemented nationwide internet voting since 2005
https://e-estonia.com/solutions/e-governance/i-voting/

America’s Federalist Government
http://www.pbs.org/tpt/constitution-usa-peter-sagal/federalism/
https://www.ushistory.org/gov/3.asp

Distributed Systems
https://www.techopedia.com/definition/18909/distributed-system

GDPR (General Data Protection Act)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Data_Protection_Regulation

Stasi - What Marten Referred to as the “East German FBI” during Soviet occupation
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stasi
China and Data Privacy
https://www.npr.org/2020/01/05/793014617/in-china-a-new-call-to-protect-data-privacy

Shoshana Zuboff - The Age of Surveillance Capitalism
https://www.amazon.com/Age-Surveillance-Capitalism-Future-Frontier/dp/1610395697

Unicorn Companies in Estonia
https://www.marketline.com/blog/estonia-only-1-3m-people-but-4-unicorn-start-ups/

Kersti Kaljulaid - President of Estonia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kersti_Kaljulaid

Verification of Absentee/Mailed Ballots in the United States
https://www.nwpb.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/How-States-Verify-AbsenteeMailed-Ballots.png

History of the Secret Ballot
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secret_ballot

Nimit Sawhney, Co-Founder & Ceo of Voatz
https://www.elev8con.com/speaker/nimit-sawhney/
https://cic.com/podcasts/founders-spotlight/voatz
https://voatz.com/

Estonia’s e-identity Program
https://e-estonia.com/solutions/e-identity/id-card/

U.S. Estonia Relations
https://www.state.gov/u-s-relations-with-estonia/


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.