The Estonian Internet Foundation has a new statute and members of the council
One of the most important changes in the statute is the shift in the position of one of the founders of the EIF, the Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications (ITL). While previously all council members were appointed by the Minister, the revised statute grants ITL the authority to propose two council members. Moreover, the term for council members has been extended to four years, and for Board Members to five years, enhancing the stability of EIF's leadership.
Andrus Tamm and Kristo Vahel concluded their service on the foundation's Council. The new appointed members are Luukas Kristjan Ilves, the Deputy Chancellor for Digital Development of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, and Tõnu Grünberg, chairman of the board of Greenergy Data Centers.
EIF also modernized its voting rules and organizational structure. Notably, provisions were made for a continuity reserve to ensure the foundation's resilience during crises and emergencies, as well as to address potential fluctuations in .ee domain sales. Adjustments were made in compliance with state regulations, including the obligation to prepare a financial plan.
The purposes of EIF were also updated - they now include the promotion of the governance of the Internet and Internet freedom in Estonia. Throughout the years, EIF has organized National Internet Governance Forums (IGFs) under the name of Internet Day. In addition, we have led several discussions related to various topics of the Internet at the Opinion Festival and distributed grants to raise IT awareness in the society. These initiatives, which have been ongoing since 2014, are now formally embedded in the foundation's statute.
In conclusion, the EIF statute has undergone enhancements, aligning with the Council's goal to make minimal changes while respecting the founders' original vision. We express gratitude to the former Council members for their contributions and extend our best wishes to Luukas Kristjan Ilves and Tõnu Grünberg in their new roles. EIF looks forward to continued growth and positive impact under its updated framework.
In today's world, secure and effective personal identification of end users is becoming more and more important in order to protect both companies and service users from possible bad guys and theft. In addition to security, the convenience and flexibility of the solution cannot be left behind. For this very purpose, the Estonian Internet Foundation has created the eeID personal identification service, which offers a strong authentication solution with an international reach.
Every year, the Estonian Internet Foundation (EIF) supports projects and activities that contribute to the development of Internet-related knowledge. Thereby, we contribute to the development and growth of the local internet community. The beginning of the year is a good time to take a look at the results of the projects and activities supported in 2023.