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ICT: The 21st Century Transitional Initiative

ICT: The 21st Century Transitional Initiative

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ICT: The 21st Century Transitional Initiative recommends how the Federal Government - through executive leadership, government services and investment – can leverage ICTs to serve the double bottom line of stimulating the economy and serving crucial social needs such as energy efficiency and environmental stewardship.
ICT: The 21st Century Transitional Initiative recommends how the Federal Government - through executive leadership, government services and investment – can leverage ICTs to serve the double bottom line of stimulating the economy and serving crucial social needs such as energy efficiency and environmental stewardship.

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01/28/2013

 
 
ICT: The 21
st
Century Transitional InitiativeSimon Wilkie
  Rapporteur Communications and Society Program
Charles M. FirestoneExecutive DirectorWashington, DC2009
 
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This report is written from the perspective of an informed observer at the Twenty-Third Annual Aspen Institute Conference on Communications Policy. Unless attributed to a particular person,none of the comments or ideas contained in this report should be taken as embodying the viewsor carrying the endorsement of any specific participant at the Conference.For additional copies of this report please contact:The Aspen Institute Communications and Society ProgramOne Dupont Circle, NW Suite 700Washington, DC 20036 Tel: 1-202-736-5818Fax: 1-202-467-0790www.aspeninstitute.org/c&s
 
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Contents
Foreword,
Charles M. Firestone..........................................................................................4
ICT: The 21
st
Century Transitional Initiative,
Simon Wilkie
 The Current State: An Incomplete Information Revolution
....................................7 
 Presidential Leadership and ICT: The Initiative
.....................................................8
 
Presidential Executive Order.......................................................................9 ICT Audits....................................................................................................9CTO Coordination.....................................................................................10 Incentives...................................................................................................10
After the Initiative: ICT Policy Recommendations
...............................................10
 
Spectrum Inventory....................................................................................11 Agency Coordination.................................................................................12 ICT Braintrust............................................................................................12 Hometown Security Interoperability..........................................................12
Discerning National ICT Objectives
......................................................................13
 
 Debunking ICT as a Short-Term Ecnomic “Golden Goose”....................13Supporting the Double Bottom-Line..........................................................14
ICT Stimulus in Action
..........................................................................................16 
 
 Increasing Network Access........................................................................16  Bolstering ICT Research............................................................................19 Localized ICT Efforts.................................................................................20
Stimulating Without Any Funds
............................................................................20
 
 Data Collection..........................................................................................20 Removing Roadblocks................................................................................21Spectrum Options.......................................................................................22Universal Service Funds............................................................................22
Energy Efficiency and Conservation through ICT
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 Improving the ICT Sector’s Energy Efficiency..........................................24Using ICT to Impact Other Sectors...........................................................24 ICT Efficiencies from a Broadband World................................................26  Attuning Regulation to its Impact on Energy Issues..................................27 
Conclusion
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 Appendix
Leveraging Communications for Economic Stimulus: Participant Recommendations...29Leveraging Communications: ICT as Economic Stimulus, Scott Wallsten......................36ICT & the Economy: Creating a Double Bottom Line, Alec Ross...................................43An Essay Constituting One of the Many Reasons Why the U.S. Congress would notSolicit Advice from Michael Katz about Spending the Money, Michael Katz.........48Conference Participants....................................................................................................51About the Author..............................................................................................................53About the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program...................................54Select Publications from the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program
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