The Lawfare Podcast: Toomas Ilves on the Situation

Matthew Kahn
Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 6:00 AM

Before the American president took to Twitter, Estonia’s president, Toomas Ilves, had used the social media platform to communicate with his country. President Ilves was the head of state of Estonia from 2006–2016, when he oversaw the launch of the country’s e-residency system and handled massive Russian cyberattacks. On Tuesday at Stanford University, Megan Reiss and Benjamin Wittes sat down with President Ilves for a conversation about Ilves’s use of Twitter as president, election interference, the digitization of Estonia, and cybersecurity cooperation.

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Before the American president took to Twitter, Estonia’s president, Toomas Ilves, had used the social media platform to communicate with his country. President Ilves was the head of state of Estonia from 2006–2016, when he oversaw the launch of the country’s e-residency system and handled massive Russian cyberattacks. On Tuesday at Stanford University, Megan Reiss and Benjamin Wittes sat down with President Ilves for a conversation about Ilves’s use of Twitter as president, election interference, the digitization of Estonia, and cybersecurity cooperation.



Matthew Kahn is a third-year law student at Harvard Law School and a contributor at Lawfare. Prior to law school, he worked for two years as an associate editor of Lawfare and as a junior researcher at the Brookings Institution. He graduated from Georgetown University in 2017.

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