Estonia is at the digital cutting edge in Europe. The public sector is organized online and Estonians have a right to internet access free of charge - an ideal environment for start-ups. Even schoolchildren learn programming starting at age ten.
The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated digitalization at schools, in health care and other social interaction. Some say the rapid change was unimaginable just a few years ago. Is it a threat to our online privacy?
Schools across Europe may be shut to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but pupils are still going to class — virtually. Led by trailblazers like Estonia, a new experiment in digital learning has taken off.
The coronavirus pandemic has forced Germany to play catchup with digital democracy, as lawmakers are forced to meet via livestream and hold virtual party conferences. Digitization, however, also has its limits.
For every person working from home and kid attending a virtual classroom, there are thousands for whom reliable web access remains an elusive luxury. But the lessons from the pandemic could help us bridge that divide.
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