Estonia

Estonia’s Winny Puhh makes 1 million new Internet friends

The members of Estonian rock band Winny Puhh bear (ahem) little resemblance to the red-shirted, honey-loving cartoon character, but they’ve managed to win over Internet audiences with a 2013 Eurovision-qualifying performance regardless.
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Fearing good fortune, Estonia crowd-sources ideas

Apr 11, 2013

Worried that success might spoil Estonia, its leader has reached out to citizens to tell the government what it should do to satisfy their fast-evolving desires, Estonian Public Broadcasting reports. Read More »

Estonia has high hopes for small cube

Apr 9, 2013

Before the end of the month, Estonia will try to launch its first satellite into orbit and become the latest country to join more than 50 states active outside Earth’s atmosphere. Read More »

That startup fever

Feb 5, 2013

Vladimir Funtikov, a 26-year-old Estonian businessman, already has behind him successful studies at university and the launch of several small technology companies, including Creative Mobile, which produces games for smart phones. Now he’s come up with a crazy idea: playing on cell phones should be taught as a subject at university because, among other reasons, his company – with offices in Tallinn, St. Petersburg, New York, and London employing 60 people – can’t find enough skilled developers and programmers.  Read More »

Krugman-Ilves Twitter war lives on in song

Jan 18, 2013

It ain’t over till the fat lady sings—or, in this case, the bow-tied president and the Nobel Prize-winning professor.

A quarrel between Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and American economist Paul Krugman over Estonia’s alleged “economic triumph” that erupted on Twitter last June has been transformed into a short operatic piece, reports Agence France Presse. Read More »

Estonia decodes IT future

Dec 12, 2012

The European Union launched an information technology agency in Estonia last Saturday, just months after the Baltic country announced it would begin teaching computer programming to first-graders. Read More »

Space race in the Baltics in full swing

Dec 7, 2012

Latvia recently stole the lead in the Baltic space race, stating it would launch its first satellite into orbit early next year.

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The sisterhood of the travelling Rails coders

Oct 2, 2012

For a small group of women in Tallinn, Estonia, the world of technology offers the chance to have it all: work and family. Known as Tech Sisters, the group formed in August with the intention of following up on the Rails Girls event last March. Read More »

Wikimedia turns to contest to boost photo bank

Oct 1, 2012

Participants worldwide are uploading their photos of local monuments to Wikimedia commons as part of Wiki Loves Monuments a global photography contest that aims to crowdsource high quality images for the online encyclopedia. Read More »

Threats to net freedom increasing, diversifying

Sep 25, 2012

When it comes to the battle over the Internet, repressive governments have been pushing hard over the past year to gain greater control over what their citizens say and see online.  Read More »

Estonia, the startup capital of Europe

Jun 19, 2012

In additon to being the only country in the euro zone with a budget surplus, Estonia enjoys an abundance of technological and business know-how. Ars Technica, an online magazine, reports that the country of 1.3 million has the second-highest number of startups per capita, after the United States. Read More »

Ilves launches Twitter campaign against Nobel economist Krugman

Jun 11, 2012

Economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman is a vocal austerity critic who once called Berlin’s insistence on belt-tightening during the euro crisis “just insane.” Read More »

Estonia considers using social media in court

Mar 26, 2012

The Estonian Justice Ministry has proposed an amendment that, if passed, would allow Estonian courts to deliver subpoenas via email, Facebook, and Twitter.   Read More »

Bulgaria moves towards a paperless government

Mar 19, 2012
In a move towards the technological cutting edge , Bulgaria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has become the country’s first paperless institution, according to Novinite.com.
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