Information Age


"If we can make every American technologically literate, if we can make our government wise not only in its own use of technology but in giving those tools, if we keep building the right kind of information economy which respects privacy and has security, then what we have achieved in the last seven years will be just a small prologue of what will occur in the years ahead."

President Bill Clinton
Friday, March 3, 2000

Today, in San Jose, CA, in the heart of Silicon Valley, President Clinton outlined his agenda to ensure that America continues to lead the world in the Information Age. The President issued an Executive Memorandum directing agencies to safeguard their systems against the denial-of-service attacks that shut down a number of high-profile web sites last month. The President also challenged Internet companies to improve their privacy policies, and highlighted the importance of bridging the digital divide so that more Americans have the opportunity to participate in the technology revolution. The President spoke at the Aspen Institute's Forum on Communications and Society before an audience of high-tech executives, educators, and leaders of non-profit organizations and foundations.

Strengthening America's Leadership in the Digital Age. Information technology and the Internet are driving the U.S. economy - accounting for one-third of U.S. economic growth, generating jobs that pay almost 80 percent more than the private-sector average, and changing the way companies do business. President Clinton's agenda will help ensure America's leadership in the digital economy by:

Bridging the Digital Divide. President Clinton and Vice President Gore believe that access to technology is becoming increasingly important for full participation in America's economic, political and social life. President Clinton has proposed significant initiatives in his FY 2001 budget to help bridge the digital divide, including:

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