David Fletcher's Government and Technology Weblog : news & perspectives from a long-time egov advocate
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Thursday, October 10, 2002
Archives Month

October is Archives Month in Utah.  There are still a number of events scheduled for the rest of the month.

Today is the final day of a fascinating exhibit in the Capitol rotunda on hispanics in the state of Utah.  I wish the Office of Hispanic Affairs would capture the best of this exhibit and put it on the web.  Our Hispanic community is growing rapidly and this would be a good thing to share.

Salt Lake County is also sponsoring several events related to Archives Month.

1:30:36 PM    
Bangladesh Visit

I have been invited to meet with a delegation from Bangladesh next week that is interested in electronic government.  Although the country has a very ambitious IT Policy document (actually a strategic document), it is very evident that they are a long ways from becoming an information economy.  Their strategic vision for IT

aims at building an IT-driven nation comprising of knowledge-based society by the year 2010. In view of this, a country-wide IT-infrastructure will be developed to ensure access to information by every citizen to facilitate empowerment of people and enhance democratic values and norms for sustainable economic development by using the infrastructure for human resources development, governance, e-commerce, banking, public utility services and all sorts of on-line IT-enabled services.

Building on this theme, an article in the Bangladesh Observer states,

Information Technology (IT) experts at a function on Thursday said that Bangladesh could be graduated to a developed country by 2010 from its existing status, if the country’s huge unemployed youths were properly provided with IT based education.

Bangladesh is a poor country with over 120 million people.  It is faced with problems of crime, corruption, and violence.  I wish them well in their efforts.

1:18:41 PM    
Politician Turns Blue
CNN tells how Stan Jones, a Libertarian candidate for the U.S. Senate, literally turned blue from drinking too much colloidal silver.  Jones started taking doses of the silver because he believed that there might be a shortage of antibiotics resulting from Y2K failures.  As the State's Y2K coordinator, I used to receive regular calls from people wondering whether they should shut down their businesses, sell all they had, and head for the hills.  I wonder how many other people went to the extreme that Jones did.
10:17:17 AM    
DOIT's Demise
The politics of IT are challenging at best.  That is why so many states struggle with decisions that in business seem simple and straight-forward.  This article in Government Technology sheds a little light on what happened to California's Department of Information Technology, but many questions remain.
8:43:35 AM    

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