The workshop under the headline iLaw Eurasia, organized by the CDT and others, took place in Tallin from Monday to Friday. Great place (the IT college of Estonia), in cooperation with the e-gov academy of Estonia… This country is really amazing – a mixture of great history and Soviet style. But they don’t complin, instead move forward. The result is that it has Internet all over – free and paid, but you pay like $ 2 for 24 hours – by far the cheapest public wireless access I’ve seen.
The histories of way Internet is being developed in the Central Asian countries, but also Bulgaria, Belorussia, Moldova, etc., are quite interesting (hope they will be published at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School.
However, listening to Ivar Tallo’s presentation at the end of Thursday, I am really getting upset… by my own government! We were at the same position as Estonia 15 years ago. Even 4 years ago we moved on the right track. Today Bulgaria’s totally lost in cyberspace… And no political will to do the changes, no need of society to change things, as criminals work better when there’s no accountability.
I’m very sorry for not being able to push my own government hard enough so that they would lead the e-revolution. May be next year…