ERR: Estonia establishing database of World War II refugees. “An estimated 80,000 Estonians fled the country during World War II and the Institute of Historical Memory is now establishing a database to enable further research. It is also seeking people’s help.” The database is available and has a little bit of information, but it’s very early days for this project.
Bleeping Computer: Russian govt impersonators target telcos in phishing attacks. “A previously unknown and financially motivated hacking group is impersonating a Russian agency in a phishing campaign targeting entities in Eastern European countries. The phishing emails pretend to come from the Russian Government’s Federal Bailiffs Service and are written in the Russian language, with the recipients being telecommunication service providers and industrial firms in Lithuania, Estonia, and Russia.”
ERR: US Embassy launches 100-day program marking century of US-Estonia relations. “The U.S. Embassy in Tallinn on Tuesday launched its ‘100 Days to 100 Years’ campaign celebrating the 100th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and Estonia. The embassy has also launched a new website featuring 100 moments from the past century, including contributions of the Estonian-American diaspora.”
ERR News: Yandex ban begins in Estonia on Monday. “Taxi drivers and taxi firms may not now use the Yandex [taxi] app (Yandex Pro) to fulfill orders. Internet Service Providers are also forbidden from carrying Yandex Pro and Yandex Go, while app stores in Estonia – Google Play, Apple’s App Store etc. – are ordered to bar downloading the Yandex app via their store, and must not provide updates to those who have already downloaded the app.”
ERR (Estonia): Hacker downloads close to 300,000 personal ID photos. “A hacker was able to obtain over 280,000 personal identity photos following an attack on the state information system last Friday. The suspect is reportedly a resident of Tallinn.”
Phys .org: New dataset opens Estonian soil information for versatile use. “A comprehensive database of Estonian soils and a map application has been completed in cooperation with researchers of the University of Tartu and the Estonian University of Life Sciences. The database makes Estonian soil information easily accessible and can be used from local farm-scale to national-level big data statistical analysis and machine-learning models.”
ERR: All European arrivals in Estonia must self-quarantine from November 16. “As of Monday, November 16 the period of mandatory self-quarantine for 10 days is lifted for arrivals from the EU/EEA area if that country has a 14-day reported coronavirus rate lower than 50 per 100,000 inhabitants. However, in practice, as every EU/EEA country has a rate higher than this for the past 14 days – though Finland’s rate is only fractionally above this at 53.8 coronavirus cases per 100,000 people – arrivals from all of those countries must quarantine when arriving in Estonia.”
European Sting: This country came up with 5 novel ideas to tackle the pandemic. “Estonia, a nation of just 1.3 million people and a recognized leader in the digital economy, held a three-day hackathon in which over 1,000 programmers came up with solutions to tackle the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Hack the Crisis was launched in March, just hours after the country declared a state of emergency and closed its borders. But the virtual event attracted a truly global line-up of participants, with people joining in from more than 20 countries and across 14 timezones.”
World Economic Forum: Estonia built one of the world’s most advanced digital societies. During COVID-19, that became a lifeline.
World Economic Forum: Estonia built one of the world’s most advanced digital societies. During COVID-19, that became a lifeline.. “In early March, Estonia declared a state of emergency, closed its borders and entered a full lockdown to stop the spread of COVID-19. But while other countries scrambled to deal with school closures and the disruption to vital services, Estonia simply continued to use the thriving, resilient digital infrastructure it had spent decades developing. Digital classrooms, online teaching materials and a huge range of online public services were already in place. Even more crucially, Estonians knew how to access and use them.”
ERR: Tuesday marks century of national archives in Estonia. “The National Archives of Estonia began operating on January 1, 1999, however the establishment of a national archive system took place in the formative years of the Republic of Estonia already. It was on the initiative of an archival committee that convened on March 3, 1920, that a central state archive was established in Tartu as the storage place for historically significant institutions’ documents and a state archive established in Tallinn as the manager of active institutions’ documents.”