For my RIT International Studies Thesis, I looked at four examples of political ICT use in Estonia in the context of contemporary egovernment terminology and European “information society” initiatives as a case study in egovernment innovation.
This undergraduate thesis seeks to provide an overview of the successful adoption of information and communication technologies by the Post-Soviet government of Estonia—i.e. the successful promotion of an information society via e-Government. Furthermore, the paper argues that the consistent and proactive endorsement of these activities by enforceable legislative means is the most significant factor leading to the successful utilization of new technologies; a point which has led to Estonia boasting better than average and trendsetting regional and world rankings for e-Government performance. To these ends the terms of Information Society, e-Government, e-Democracy, e-Gov Databases, e-voting, and e-Gov web portals have been workably defined; and the correlating policies and information and communication technology end products (currently in use by the Estonian citizenry) have been detailed.
I won an undergraduate research grant to work to build a prototype of a web platform in Ruby on Rails that would enable users to add personal annotations to government documents and share them with other users. I continued work on the prototype and wrote up the documentation in Spring 2006 for my honors thesis.