Policy recommendations for a digitized government of Greece based on the example of e-Estonia.
Commitment and Buy-in from all major government players is needed to kickstart a process similar to the following:
Greek citizens should be granted a mobile ID (which is powered by a Blockchain type decentralized architecture in the backend to ensure maximum security of the data provided by the holder of the card.)
The mobile ID can allow Greeks access to public services, financial services, medical and emergency services, as well as allowance to drive, pay taxes online, vote online, provide digital signatures and travel within the EU without a passport.
A digital identity should be essential for citizens to participate in civic life, setup businesses, avail financial services etc. so that Greeks are enabled to join the digitizing of their country, so that business in Greece becomes more transparent and so as to prevent tax fraud as part of the growth of a flourishing shadow market economy.
(Information source for above statements: Thomson Reuters)
Utilizing a Blockchain as an immutable record of transactions is the building block for secure and transparent computing.
Once this step is achieved, Greeks will be able to hold elections over the Internet.
Attracting Crowdfunding or traditional venture capital will additionally supplant governmental support.
Greeks should urgently commit to digitization as a way of life.
If possible, access to the internet should be granted as a basic human right - just like in e-Estonia.
As an example of a country that has digitized effectively, the e-Estonia website of Estonia provides an overview of the various components of a truly digital society that provide reasons why Greece should take the proposed steps: