CONTESTACION DEL GOBERNADOR HOWARD DEAN ( PRECANDIDATO PRESIDENCIAL DEMÓCRATA DE LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS
DE AMÉRICA ) EN EL BLOGGER DEL PROFESOR LARRY LESSIG.
Me gustaria saber si el Gobernador Dean tiene alguna política referente al acceso al Internet de las minorías en USA.
Sabe el Gobernador cuantos latinos en los Estados Unidos acceden a Internet ?
Cómo romper la brecha tecnológica entre los ciudadanos de ese país ?
From Governor Dean
On the road, Ive seen the power the Internet has to bring people together. In Austin recently, 3,200 people showed
up for a rallyan experience that I found absolutely amazing. In Santa Fe, 2,000 people showed up, and in Seattle and Tucson,
thousands showed up. All of these rallies were organized over the Internet. Only a few years ago building such an event would
have taken months of preparation and a huge field staff. Today, it can be done online, and mostly by volunteers.
I think that is a demonstration of how the Internet can help us restore active participation in our democracy.
But in order to include everyone in the process, we need to expand net access to rural areas and to the inner city. Currently,
too many minorities and rural residents are on the wrong side of the "digital divide."
As governor of Vermont, I made expanding internet access a priority. Vermont is a national leader, with over 99%
of our schools connected to the Internet. In rural states like Vermont, the Internet can make a real difference by providing
telemedicine and telework opportunities, as well as distance learning.
As a community that actively discusses these
issues, Im interested in your opinions on how to best bridge the digital divide. The US ranks 11th in the world on broadband
penetration. How do we bring broadband to more people in the most cost-effective manner? What role will WiFi play? I understand
that the emerging technology of WiFi may make it easier to bridge the digital divide. What would your recommendations be?
Once again, Id like to thank Larry Lessig for inviting me this week, and I appreciate your feedback. Stay involved. Help
us widen the circle. We are going to restore the American communityonline and offby working together. Thanks again, Howard