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Congress and summits in the future
The world is coming around to the view that I have held for years, namely that in these days of e-mail and tele--conferencing. conferences involving long and expensive travel `make little sense. Add the danger factor, especially riots planned to disrupt international summits. World leaders are talking of replacing these summits with teleconferencing. The Economist (10/29/01) carries an article entitled "Brave New World. Slovenia may be Europe's most internetted government, describing how the cabinet functions mostly by e-mail. Now the admirable NewsScan of John Gehl carries this item:
U.S. CONGRESS EYES VIRTUAL ASSEMBLY OPTIONS. SPOOKED BY ANTHRAX IN THE U.S. CAPITOL BUILDING, LAWMAKERS ARE CONSIDERING AN OPTION PROPOSED BY THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP COUNCIL TO CONVENE "AN ELECTRONIC CONGRESS." THE DLC SAYS A WEB SITE "COULD EASILY BE BUILT" THAT COULD ALLOW CONGRESS AND THEIR STAFFERS TO DEBATE, DRAFT LEGISLATION AND VOTE OVER THE INTERNET (WIRED NEWS (10/5/01).
Ronald Hilton - 10/25/01