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Most of the ‘Top 50 of the Cloud industry’ type lists tend to, understandably, be dominated by the USA tech sector, so with our focus on Cloud for Europe, I thought it would be fun to start a purely European list: The EuroCloud Top 10! (to be expanded to 20, 50…)

Number #1 - Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President, Estonia

The rationale for this selection is best self-described from this Gartner-authored article on the awesome E-Estonia site:

“Without digital technology Estonia might still be just a small country ‘somewhere in the Baltic region’ which many people would probably struggle to find on a map. But for those whose life has been spent charting the rise (and fall) of digital technologies, Estonia is seen as an aspirational example for other nations.”

Toomas also chairs the Steering Committee of the European Cloud Partnership and so is a driving force for the Cloud economy in Europe, and as described in this article, central to this is a simultaneous grasp of the critical role of information security and Internet Governance:

“President Toomas Hendrik Ilves was recently appointed by The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to serve as the chairman for the group  figuring out what internet governance should look like in the future. According to Taavi Kotka, the question of what the internet will look like in the future now rests a lot on the shoulders of the Estonian president.

Both men assure that Estonia’s interest is to help to create and apply solutions that would guarantee an free and open Internet, including a better multi-stakeholder model for that.

With a lot of the concerns such as privacy, the solutions lie in the technology itself. In technology innovation, services like the Estonian Sharemind and cryptography should be developed further.”

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