Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Better Policy Choices?

What caught me in the PEW Center report was the idea that if we accurately predict the future of the Internet's impact on American life, we will have the chance to craft better social policy.

I suppose that's true, though I don't see the likelihood, given the current political climate of tax cuts, social security privatization and Medicade cuts, that the investment some experts call for in the hardware, training and access that many Americans would need to be included in all that's to come will ever happen.

At a time when growing poverty rates and stagnation in job growth mean that millions of Americans go without the basic necessities of daily life, how successful will our advocacy be when we call for broadband for those who first need bread? For those who could use medical care far more than tech support?

I fear not very.

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