President Clinton and Vice President Gore: America's Agenda for the Information Age


THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary


For Immediate Release March 3, 2000



PRESIDENT CLINTON AND VICE PRESIDENT GORE:
AMERICAíS AGENDA FOR THE INFORMATION AGE

Today in a speech in Silicon Valley, the President will outline his agenda to ensure that America continues to lead the world in the Information Age, and that more Americans have the opportunity to participate in the extraordinary technology revolution. To ensure that government is doing its part to keep the Internet secure, the President will issue 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 will also challenge Internet companies to improve their privacy policies, and will highlight the importance of bridging the "digital divide."

The President will speak 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.

KEEPING AMERICA AT THE CUTTING-EDGE OF THE INFORMATION REVOLUTION

Information technology and the Internet are driving the U.S. economy -- accounting for 1/3 of U.S. economic growth, generating jobs that pay almost 80 percent more than the private sector average, and changing the way companies in all industries do business. President Clinton's forward-looking agenda will help strengthen America's leadership in the digital economy by:

FROM DIGITAL DIVIDE TO DIGITAL OPPORTUNITY

President Clinton and Vice President Gore believe that access to technology and the skills needed to use it are becoming increasingly important for full participation in America's economic, political and social life. That's why President Clinton has proposed significant new initiatives to create digital opportunity for our children, families and communities. He will lead a New Markets trip this April designed to mobilize significant private and public efforts to close the digital divide. Initiatives that the President has proposed in his FY2001 budget include:

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A STRONG RECORD OF GROWING THE DIGITAL ECONOMY
AND CREATING DIGITAL OPPORTUNITY

March 3, 2000

President Clinton and Vice President Gore have worked hard to grow the digital economy and to help create opportunity for more Americans in the information age.

To strengthen America's high-tech competitiveness and promote e-commerce and the Internet, the Administration has:

To help close the digital divide, President Clinton and Vice President Gore have set a national goal of ensuring that every child is technologically literate, with Internet access, modern computers, trained teachers, and high-quality educational software. As a result of the initiative:

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What's New - March 2000

Women's History Month 2000

The Minimum Wage: Increasing the Reward for Work

New Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit

Meeting with Religious Leaders

Women's History Month

New Public Private Initiative to reduce Weather Related Air Travel Delays

Gun Violence

Agreement with Smith & Wesson

Restoring

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

American Red Cross Month

Prescription Drug Plan

U.S. – China WTO Accession Deal

Common Sense Gun Laws

Irish-American Heritage Month

Civilian Research and Development

Patient's Bill of Rights

Joint Statement by President Clinton and Prime Minister Tony Blair of the UK

Vaccines to Developing Countires

Human Genome Project

Information Age

Semi-Finalists for 2000-2001 White House Fellowships

President Clinton Urges Congress to Pass Budget

Congressional Budget Resolution

Save your Vision Week

St. Patrick's Day, 2000

Clinton/Gore actions to Enhance America's Energy Security

Social Security Trustees Report - March 30, 2000

Strengthen America's Energy Security

Report Shows Unprecedented Progress

Proclamation: Cancer Control Month, 2000

National Poison Prevention Week

Education and Sharing Day, U.S.A., 2000

Greek Independence Day

Proclamation: National Child Abuse Prevention Month, 2000

Statement by the President on NPT

Common Sense Gun Legislation

Raising the Minimum Wage

U.S. --China WTO Accession Deal

U.S.- China WTO Agreement

Enforcement of The U.S. - China WTO Accession Deal


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