Gold Newsletter Podcast: E-Citizenship Fosters Competition between Countries


Estonia is a European country known for pioneering e-governance, which makes life easier for citizens. They can pay taxes, set up companies, and even vote—all online.

Since 2014, Estonia has attracted individuals from all over the world by letting anyone apply for residency without leaving their homes and enjoy these benefits.

Yaël Ossowski, a Canadian journalist, activist, and entrepreneur based in Vienna, joins us to discuss how virtual-residency programs can foster competition between states for global businesses.

The e-resident card is delivered to the nearest embassy and lets non-Estonians open companies, bank accounts, pay taxes, and sign and verify documents. (Aaron Urb)

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Yaël Ossowski is a journalist, writer, and consumer advocate. His writings and interviews have appeared in newspapers, magazines, and online outlets across the world in multiple languages. He is the founder and editor of Devolution Review and deputy director at the Consumer Choice Center. He was previously a national investigative reporter at He has a Master’s Degree in Philosophy, Politics, Economics (PPE) from the CEVRO Institute in Prague, and a Bachelor's in Political Science from Concordia University, Montreal. He currently splits his time between Vienna, Austria and Charlotte, North Carolina.
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