Tallinn Digital Summit 2018 took place on 15-16 October 2018. The focus of the summit was on how artificial intelligence and free-moving data can be wielded in the service of our digital states, economies and societies. Discussions revolved around the following themes:

  • Opportunities for AI: How can our governments, economies and societies prepare for artificial intelligence? How will AI affect the way we lead, govern, and serve in the public sector?
  • Diffusing the risks and challenges of digitalisation: How can we ensure trust in digital services? How can we prepare for jobs and skills that the AI era will demand?
  • Cross-border access, use and trade of data: what are the best possible cross-border data flows and data policies? How to structure global data access, reuse and sharing in a way that improves goods and services while addressing privacy and policy concerns?


Tallinn Digital Summit 2018 was attended by delegations from the following nations:

Denmark, Head of Delegation Mr Martin Præstegaard, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Finance

Estonia, Head of Delegation Mr Jüri Ratas, Prime Minister of Estonia

France, Head of Delegation Mr Florian Bachelier, 1st Quaestor of the French Parliament

Finland, Head of Delegation Mrs Anna-Maija Karjalainen, Director-General, Public Service ICT, Ministry of Finance

Germany, Head of Delegation Dr Günter Krings, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community

Ireland, Head of Delegation Mr Pat Breen, Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection

Japan, Head of Delegation Mr Takuya Hirai, Minister of Information Technology Policy

Latvia, Head of Delegation Mr Rinalds Muciņš, State Secretary of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development

Lithuania, Head of Delegation Mr Elijus Čivilis, Vice Minister of Economy

New Zealand, Head of Delegation Dr Megan Woods, Minister for Digital Government

Republic of Korea, Head of Delegation Mr Kim Boo-kyum, Minister of the Interior and Safety

Singapore, Head of Delegation Dr Janil Puthucheary, Senior Minister of State, Minister in charge of GovTech

Sweden, Head of Delegation Mr Peter Eriksson, Minister for Housing and Digital Development, Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation

Uruguay, Head of Delegation Dr Guillermo Moncecchi, Deputy Minister for Industry, Energy and Mining

United Kingdom, Head of Delegation Lord Ashton, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

European Commission, Head of Delegation Mr Andrus Ansip, Vice President

Briefing notes for Tallinn Digital Summit 2018

Briefing note on AI in Governments by the Centre for Public Impact.
Download: TDS2018-Briefing_Note-AI-in-Governments.pdf

Briefing note on Responsible, Safe and Secure Artificial Intelligence by Luukas Ilves, the Lisbon Council.
Download: TDS2018 BriefingNote_Responsible, Safe and Secure AI

Briefing note on the Promise and Challenge of the Age of Artificial Intelligence by the McKinsey Global Institute.
Download: TDS2018 BriefingNote-The Promise and Challenge of the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Briefing note on AI & Trade Policy by Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, the European Centre for International Political Economy.
Download: TDS2018 BriefingNote_AI_Trade_Policy


Speakers at Tallinn Digital Summit 2018

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The McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), the business and economics research arm of McKinsey & Company, was established in 1990 to develop a deeper understanding of the evolving global economy. MGI’s goal is to provide leaders in the commercial, public, and social sectors with the facts and insights on which to base management and policy decisions. Current research focuses on six themes: productivity and growth, natural resources, labor markets, the evolution of global financial markets, the economic impact of technology and innovation, and urbanization and infrastructure. The partners of McKinsey & Company fund MGI’s research; it is never commissioned by any business, government, or other institution.  In 2018 (and 2017) MGI served as a knowledge partner at Tallinn Digital Summit and shared its latest research through a briefing note „The promise and challenge of the age of artificial intelligence“.

The Centre for Public Impact (CPI), a not-for-profit foundation, founded by The Boston Consulting Group, is committed to helping unlock the positive potential of governments and improve outcomes for citizens.

In 2018, the CPI contributed its expertise on how governments can use AI to improve outcomes for citizens, what appropriate governance structures may look like and how governments can strengthen the legitimacy of initiatives that involve AI.  Additionally, CPI facilitated a discussion focused on the application of Artificial Intelligence within government, held a tech talk  and prepared a briefing note on the topic as well as some real use cases of where AI has already been applied in different government entities.

The European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE) is an independent and non-profit policy research think tank dedicated to trade policy and other international economic policy issues of importance to Europe. It is founded on the principles of free trade and supports progressive reduction of economic barriers. To date, ECIPE is the only think-tank in Brussels focusing on International trade. ECIPE’s mission is to subject international economic policy, particularly in Europe, to rigorous scrutiny of costs and benefits, and to present conclusions in a concise, readily accessible form to the European public – so that better understanding of complex issues in concrete situations can lead to intelligent discussions and improved policies. At TDS2018 Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, director of ECIPE prepared a policy brief and facilitated a leaders-only session on data and trade.

The Lisbon Council for Economic Competitiveness and Social Renewal asbl is a Brussels-based think tank and policy network. Established in 2003 in Belgium as a non-profit, non-partisan association, the group is dedicated to making a positive contribution through cutting-edge research and by engaging political leaders and the public at large in a constructive exchange about the economic and social challenges of the 21st century.

At TDS2018, the Lisbon Council prepared a briefing note and moderated a roundtable session on „Safety and security in the age of artificial intelligence“.