Gore calls for e-government

Gore calls for e-government

By Christopher J. Dorobek

GCN Staff

JUNE 5—Vice President Al Gore today called for the creation of an electronic government to help make federal services more accessible to citizens.

In a speech at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C., Gore proposed putting nearly every government service online by 2003 and creating a national interactive town square. He also called for development of an online government auction site called G-Bay.

Every American should have a secure digital certificate for accessing those government services, he said.

"The power of government should not be locked away in Washington but put at our service—no further away than our keyboard," said Gore, the likely Democratic nominee in this year's presidential election.

"You should not have to fill out endless forms or worry about somebody who is having a bad day giving you the runaround," he said. "You should not have to wait in line to communicate with your self-government. You should be able to have a sense of confidence and high expectation in the years ahead as you relate to a new system of e-government."

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