The National Intelligence Council has published Mapping the Global Future as part of the Council's 2020 project. According to the report,
"...future technology trends will be marked not only by accelerating advancements in individual technologies but also by a force-multiplying convergence of the technologies—information, biological, materials, and nanotechnologies—that have the potential to revolutionize all dimensions of life."
The Council on Competitiveness is calling for increased support for the National Innovation Initiative with warnings that the only way that the U.S. will be able to compete in the future is through more innovation. According to another recent report:
"Innovation will be the single most important factor in determining America's success through the 21st century.... large shifts suggest that we stand at an inflection point in history. Whether one looks at demographics, science, culture, technology, geopolitics, economics or the biological state of the planet, major changes are underway that will shape human society for the next century and beyond. The actions that enterprises, governments, educational institutions, communities, regions and nations take right now will determine this future."
I also came across another interesting report, given that the Division of Administrative Rules for the State of Utah is in my Department: eRulemaking: Issues in Current Research and Practice. With the legislative session beginning today, Rules' director Ken Hansen has updated his Rules News which includes an RSS feed.
Virginia's VITA has published a nice list of technology-related bills for their 2005 General Session.
Utah's legislature has added a customizable RSS feed feature to their bill tracking service. Very nice.
Patricia Diamond Fletcher and Don Norris are editors of the International Journal of Electronic Government Research. The first issue is out this month. It includes an assessment of municipal government websites, and articles on such topics as computer security in the public sector and strategy for egov-induced change. Hans Scholl, currently with the UW, has written several similar articles such as this one for the Center for Technology in Government.
Fujian Province is preparing to spend millions on e-government.