Dinner hosted by Prime Minister Mrs Kaja Kallas.
Preliminary program of the Tallinn Digital Summit 2021
6th September 2021
Central Stage: Trusted Connectivity
7th September 2021
At the heart of the B3W lies the Blue Dot Network (BDN), initiated in 2019 by the United States, Japan, and Australia to encourage development by certifying public-private global infrastructure investments that are transparent and high-quality. As many countries look to stimulate their economies in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Blue Dot Network could provide a much needed tool for quality infrastructure investment that will support a stronger, sustainable, and more inclusive recovery.
The OECD will support the Blue Dot Network by building an evidence base, mobilising a multi-stakeholder partnership and designing the certification framework. The OECD has already developed many of the key international standards in these areas and has experience promoting policies on quality infrastructure investment.
How could the Blue Dot Network help us to overcome key obstacles to infrastructure investment through greater transparency and alignment with best-in-class international standards? What practical steps need to be taken?
In June 2021 the G7 Leaders launched the Build Back Better World (B3W) Partnership, a values-driven, high-standard and transparent infrastructure partnership led by major democracies. Quality infrastructure investments that are based on international standards and best practices are vital to ensuring that infrastructure delivers benefits for citizens, communities and end-users, and provides governments value for money.
With catalytic investments from public sector institutions, B3W aims to mobilise private sector capital in four focus areas: climate, health and health security, digital technology, and gender equity and equality. Infrastructure development that is transparent and sustainable — financially, environmentally, and socially — will lead to a better outcome for all countries and communities.
The keynote will address the key deliverables of this partnership and why we need to focus on it right now.
A key challenge facing democratic countries in the 21st century is how to develop the global infrastructure on which our lives depend: the ways we move people, goods, produce and energy, as well as the ways we create, transfer, and store data. The strength of the democratic forces reliant on market economy lies in the private sector. Prime Ministers shall discuss how to utilise trust, transparency, and the free flow of data to make large-scale. cross-border infrastructure investments trustworthy and attractive to the private sector in an effort to boost economic growth, interstate cohesion, and regional security.
Cyberattacks and cyber incidents have grown ever more common and devastating in recent years. Carefully-planned and effectively-conducted cyberattacks on critical infrastructure and digital services have had major consequences on societies and have the potential to hinder our digital development. The SolarWinds, Colonial Pipeline, Microsoft Exchange, and Kaseya cyber operations are just a small sample in a long line of incidents that demonstrate the urgency of increasing cybersecurity. There is no silver bullet to automatically defeating the security challenges laid out before us, hence we must develop a systemic approach to implementing cybersecurity measures. This means the owners of digital systems and service providers—alongside governments and regulators—must increase their spending on making those systems and services cyber-resilient. It is time for governments to consider allocating a certain percentage of their IT budgets to cybersecurity—in the same vein that NATO Member States have agreed to spend 2% of their GDP on defense.
The panelists will discuss, how to tackle the growing cyber threats and whether setting a minimum % of the IT budget could help improve cyber resilience.
How governments can thrive through public-private partnerships and the role of real-life experimentation, involving multiple stakeholders to the process of digital innovation.
Oftentimes digital innovation in the public sector is hindered by bureaucracy that is built on old, outdated and inflexible frameworks which make integration and collaboration difficult. In this panel we are discussing what governments have done to overcome those obstacles and thrive through co-creation, open innovation and re-using existing solutions/components through testbeds, innovation-labs and more.
Stage One: Three Seas Initiative (3SI)
7th September 2021
The goal of Trusted Connectivity is to mobilise democracies to invest in a transparent and trustworthy manner into quality infrastructure for the public benefit of improved connectivity, economy, employment and environment. 3SI is an outstanding example of those principles in action. The keynote will highlight how 12 EU Member States have created a cooperation platform and inspired an investment fund for the development of infrastructure in the energy, transport, and digital sectors. Can 3SI along with the fund work as a lighthouse project to illustrate the benefits of combining public and private money to support large-scale, cross-border infrastructure developments in an open and transparent way?
The real strength of the market economy rests with the dynamic and vibrant private sector willing to invest. This can only be achieved through the mutual trust and support of the public sector. The main question is what steps need to be taken to build such trust? How to make large-scale, cross-border infrastructure investments attractive for private sector? What are the private or institutional investors looking for? How can governments create the necessary supporting environment?
The Three Seas Initiative provides a practical example of cross-border cooperation aimed at developing connectivity in the energy, transport and digital sectors in a transparent and economically viable way. In this panel, representatives of Three Seas governments will discuss how our region, based on the experience gained from setting up the 3SI, can contribute to the global discussions on mobilising private sector capital to develop connectivity – both physical and digital – in a manner based on trust and transparency.
At the 2020 Three Seas Summit in Tallinn, Estonia introduced the Smart Connectivity vision. Its overall goal is to expand digital components across key infrastructure, which will in turn support new business models and technologies. The aim of Smart Connectivity is to establish a growth platform for innovative services and to support economic growth based on innovation. It is about making investments in infrastructure future-proof.
The focus of the keynote will be on the vision of Smart Connectivity and the ways of implementing this bold approach in practice.
Digitalisation and Smart Connectivity could act as the next driver of sustainable growth in the CEE region, contributing billions in GDP by the end of the decade. We have a vast growth potential in light of the rapid migration of consumers to digital technology and an opportunity to capture the momentum for future development. Now is the time to act and aim for a smarter and greener future.
The focus of the keynote will be on latest research, current trends and developments in digitalisation and smarter connectivity.
Just as 3SI is an excellent example of implementing the guiding principles of Trusted Connectivity on a strategic level, Greenergy Data Centers is an outstanding case study of the outcome on a very practical, business level.
Greenergy Data Centers was the second project funded by the Three Seas Initiative Investment Fund contributing to the creation of the biggest, most secure and most energy-efficient data centre in the Baltic States. Greenergy Data Centers aim to develop additional energy-efficient and sustainable data centre facilities in Eastern and Central Europe, laying the groundwork for the digitalisation of the modern world.
The founder and CEO of Greenergy Data Centers will provide an overview of how the process works starting from the concept of transparent financing to building a crucial part of infrastructure we can all use.
Efficiency in energy, achieved through the smart utilisation of digital enablers, leads to economic success and competitiveness. The smart energy system of the future will be a consumer-centric one in which citizens take on the role of proactive decision makers and market influencers in a digitalised and decentralised system by becoming prosumers – consumers and producers at the same time.
How to leverage the business opportunities provided by smart infrastructure?
The panellists share their views and discuss how to create trust in digitalisation to enable smart connectivity. By agreeing on common standards and guaranteeing the free flow of data, we create the necessary transparency and trust.
Stage Two: Reusable Digital Building Blocks for Governments and Smart Cities
7th September 2021
Fast-paced development of digital services and related technologies have created a rich foundation for new kinds of innovations, but also inherent risks: expensive rigid silos and vendor locking. We are looking at new kinds of architectural concepts for both reusability and standardization that would enable building and supporting interoperable digital services that cross all sorts of traditional borders and would allow us to take globalizing digital governments and economies above and beyond of what we can imagine today.
The vision of and the introduction to the GovStack initiative. The goals, current status and potential future long-term plans for delivering reusable and adaptable digital services in a low resource setting.
Governments from different parts of the world are constantly reinventing the bicycle when it comes to the deployment of different digital services. What if we could create reusable and interoperable building blocks that could be utilized in different governments as digital public goods? Government digital services are in many cases stuck in legacy components that do not provide the necessary flexibility and do not adapt to ever-changing conditions and expectations fast enough.
An initiative GovStack.global by ITU, DIAL, Germany and Estonia aims to tackle these problems on the global scale. By the world leading best practices we know that we can empower governments to take ownership of their digital futures by building more effective and cost-efficient digital government services.
Measuring the “smartness” of a city has a little to do with how many different sensors a place has per square km” and has everything to do with how the convergence of these technologies into services that actually affect the quality of life of the inhabitants for the better. Since 2017 IMD World Competitiveness Centre has been working on publishing an index that helps to understand and analyse this effect. What are the different models of practice and how can they be delivered? The different best practices of smart city deployment will convene in Tallinn to share their knowledge and wisdom.
In order to achieve the full potential of smart cities we first need to make sense of the underlying data. But how can we make built environment data from different sources comprehensible for both machines and humans alike? What does a common language for construction actually mean for the building lifecycle and international collaboration?
Developing a practical, sustainable, accessible and aesthetically pleasing living environment has always been a challenge. With the rise of the digital age we have a vast array of new tools at our disposal that can better analyze, simulate and optimize the building lifecycle – from planning, design, construction to renovation, demolition and recycling. In the expert panel we will explore how to navigate the expanding sea of data and how to keep the process human-centric. During the discussion we will provide key take-aways on how governments and the public sector should manage built environment data.