DC Doesn’t “Get” Technology.

It’s so frustrating to hear about all the anti-technologists on the Hill. People who won’t read email, or deal with documents on servers, or hell, even congressional offices that don’t understand the concept of good, or in some cases any passwords. I’m both relieved to see, and dismayed by, Washington’s cold reception to Google’s Eric Schmidt who gave a talk at the Willard the other day about technology. I was relieved to see that even the big C-level executives from the West Coast get the same blank stare that I do, and dismayed by the area’s complete ineptitude when it comes to matters technical.

New York City understands the value of technology. San Francisco and LA understand technology and use it to power their economy. In DC, we just gape at it, like a bunch of slack-jawed yokels, and then once it’s clear we don’t understand it, we busy ourselves with trying to legislate it to death.

One of the morons in attendance at the Willard the other day asked Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google, the most powerful company on the internet, about his fellow morons’ email habits concerning the Reply All button.

Christ on a pogo-stick, man, are you a complete fool?

DC needs technology, it needs networks and telephony, fibre rings and spam filtering, packet routing and VOIP, but it treats it as something it can’t comprehend and then just ignores. Well done, DC, you just invited one of the most popular companies in the world to show up here, only to be ignored and laughed at. Bravo.

4 Comments so far

  1. Doug (unregistered) on February 7th, 2007 @ 9:43 am

    This is sad, just sad. Especially considering the economics of the IT/Internet industry. I don’t have any hard numbers, but the revenue and jobs created by this sector rival any of the “big boys” like oil, power, auto…

  2. Jenniffer (unregistered) on February 7th, 2007 @ 11:01 am

    Well, the last commenter hit the nail right on the head. DC is driven by Oil, Power and Auto. All the incestuous industries that “need” legislation to keep them alive! –

    Notice – A – Innovation flourishes without the help of DC. Hell, if DC embraced innovation Oil, Power and Auto would have been upgraded years ago to Wind, Solar, Hydro and Hydrogen. DC is run by old-timers trying to protect their buggy whip businesses.

    Notice – B – DC only gets involved when innovation threatens the bottom line of any BIG-X (X = Oil, Power, Auto, Teleco etc…)

  3. Doug (unregistered) on February 7th, 2007 @ 3:16 pm

    Mustn’t upset the status quo!

  4. Jonathan (unregistered) on February 7th, 2007 @ 4:19 pm

    Well, interestingly enough, the DC Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) has recently finished its deployment of a metro area network and is currently running its own voice and data network (DCNet). Next up is a metro area wireless broadband network for first responders and utilities.

    Maybe the feds don’t get it, but at least some of the locals do.

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