To Understand the Anthill: Ton Zijlstra at TEDxTallinn 2013

Ton Zijlstra engages the digital technology to the benefit openness, participation and cooperation because he believes that the way we work, learn and organize ourselves is the key to solving many important social issues. Over more than 15 years he has taken part in or initiated the emergence of a number of social media, open digital production (FabLab), open government and open data communities. Having a background in philosophy and technology, Tom has cooperated with local, national and international governing bodies and is today one of the advocates of these issues in Europe.

Since 2002 he blogs about topics of interest at

Ton Zijlstra rakendab digitaalse tehnoloogia avatuse, osaluse ja koostegemise teenistusse, sest usub, et viis, kuidas me töötame, õpime ja organiseerume, on võti paljude oluliste ühiskondlike probleemide lahendamiseks. Enam kui 15 aasta jooksul on ta osalenud mitmete praktikakogukondade sünni juures, luues sotsiaalmeedia, avatud digitaalse tootmise (FabLabs), avatud valitsemise (open government) ja avatud andmete (open data) algatusrühmi.

Filosoofia ja tehnoloogia taustaga Ton on töötanud nii kohalike, riiklike kui rahvusvaheliste valitsusüksustega ning tänagi on ta nende teemade eestkõnelejaks Euroopas (muuhulgas avaliku sektori teabe portaalis ePSiplatform). 2002. aastast peab ta oma huvide kohta blogi

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