Institute of Baltic Studies

Institute of Baltic Studies

Profile

Institute of Baltic Studies is an independent non-profit research and development centre that aims at assisting the development of public policy in the Baltic Sea region by providing high-quality socio-economic analysis. With our activities we aim at contributing to the increase of knowledge and understanding of the development challenges and opportunities facing Estonia in particular and Baltic Sea region in general. Institute of Baltic Studies main areas of expertise fall into broad domains of science, technology and innovation policy, industrial economics and social cohesion. The Institute of Baltic Studies recent ICT policy research activities include the analysis of the emergence of global innovation networks in the field of ICTs, ICT foresight and priority setting for future ICT RTD investment. This includes the analysis of emerging socio-economic challenges and development of technology roadmaps that allow for turning the above challenges into new ICT products and services. The Institute of Baltic Studies has also substantial expertise in analyzing ethical aspects of the new technologies. Further to the above, the Institute of Baltic Studies brings to the project also the Estonia‘s experience on the widespread adoption of electronic IDs that function as intra-European identification and travel documents, and allow for various on-line authentication and digital signature applications.

Role in the project

Within ORIGINS, the Institute of Baltic Studies will contribute to the assessment of ethical and social aspects of usage of personal data and the analysis of end user (citizens, civil service) needs and expectations, as well as social acceptability of electronic / biometric identification systems.