State of Jefferson, an eSociety Initiative Opportunity?

Jefferson_state_flagOne of the issues that the State of Jefferson nay sayers keep bring up is how to build a sustaining economy for the new state. One might look around the globe for how other countries have developed the tools to create a robust economy and use that as a model for the State of Jefferson.

I was reading this article in the UK Register about Estonia’s use of communication to increase government effectiveness and promote economic development. Why, not use the Estonia as model for the State of Jefferson’s economic development model, thus avoiding business killing friction created by a large bureaucratic administration.

Estonia’s broadband infrastructure is very robust, and they have established a very credible e-society. Today’s Estonian citizen can, though they do not have to:

  • Identify themselves, via e-ID, an electronic identity system
  • Vote (iVote, available since 2007)
  • Complete tax returns (and make payments or receive refunds)
  • Obtain and fulfil prescriptions (eHealth)
  • Participate in census completion
  • Review accumulated pension contributions and values
  • Perform banking, including making and receiving payments
  • Pay and interact with utilities (like water, gas and electricity)
  • Interact with the education system (e-Education)
  • Set up businesses
  • Sign contracts

The development of a robust eSociety would allow the citizens of Jefferson to avoid the bureaucratic morass that is stifling and killing businesses in the state of California.

Your thoughts?

About Russ Steele

Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.
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1 Response to State of Jefferson, an eSociety Initiative Opportunity?

  1. Fuzz says:

    Talk about a hacker’s Disneyland! How does Estonia handle security and honesty in such a setup? I see the efficiency and applaud the goal but even our own governmental institutions are getting hacked. Just tonight the news reports that Chinese hackers have stolen personal info on 4 million current and former federal employees. The Russians hacked the IRS for data on 100K citizens. The Russians may have already hacked Estonia. To my knowledge, there is no online security protocol that is bullet proof, thus what do you want to expose to theft? I realize we’re in a world where you really have no choice but I personally am in “minimize” mode. These hackers should be dropped into ISIS controlled territory wearing a fluffy pink tutu and a George Bush halloween mask. (Dick Cheney would work too.)


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