A couple of reports in the last 24 hours have gotten us depressed about the acceptance of technology in our society--or, to be more accurate, the lack thereof.
First, we received yet another indication that government bureaucracies continue to struggle with technology, even when improvements in efficiency and cost savings are obvious. Then News.com reported that many teachers and school administrators are relying on their students to help them keep up with developments in the digital age. And, of course, we've long known about the .
All of which got us thinking: Perhaps the wide attention paid to educating youths about technology has been misguided. Rather, maybe we should be putting more emphasis on educating adults in the public and private sectors that are in the most dire need of modernization, for the benefit of us all.
Blog community response:
"The level of ignorance about basic modern computer technology that pervades the government is unbelievable. It seems that if it's not technology that Blows Stuff Up, government officials still insist on being willfully ignorant about the implications of technology equipment used by your average school child."
--Brilliant at Breakfast
"Lack of technical staff is a major barrier to implementing Internet technology, as are security and privacy issues. While many local governments are adopting IT for local governance, few have a long-term IT strategy."
--Economic Development Futures Journal
"Technology alters the incentive fabric of the world so that different things happen, regardless of people's ideological beliefs. Encryption is much more effective than anti-wiretapping laws at protecting your conversations, and earning/spending cash is much more effective than tax reform at reducing your tax burden. And developing technologies that reduce the parasatism of government is a profitable endeavour, so there is incentive for individuals to do it."