Tiny island goes Skype
The Estonian island of Ruhnu hardly registers on most people’s radar, unless they’re passionate Estophiles. But this little speck of land with just 100 inhabitants leaves many larger communities in the dust when it comes to putting new technology to good use.
Because of its small size, Ruhnu found itself at the forefront of Estonia’s transition to digital broadcasting. And now, local-government officials have started using Skype — webcams and all — in their internal communication as well as to stay in touch with regular folks.
According to a regional newspaper, Ruhnu’s officials are scattered across Estonia and being able to see each other is a nice perk that isn’t included with their office phones or mobiles. Remind me to ping these guys when webcam-boastin’ and Skype-runnin’ Intel-based MIDs reach these shores. Wouldn’t that be a nifty upgrade from government-issue PCs!?