State of Delaware Archives: on Technology

Kevin Wade: NSA data collection invades citizens' privacy

Deep in the desert of Utah is a government data center. The center, comprised of long, low buildings spanning 1.5 million square feet, is filled with super-powered computers storing unbelievably massive amounts of information gathered secretly. What information is being collected?

Information about you, Joe Average citizen. Your phone calls and emails are being stored, all in the name of protecting our country from potential terrorists--terrorists like you, even though your call or email is as banal as, "Honey I'll be home in 30 minutes." You probably have never said or typed, "I'm planning to bomb the Freedom Tower."

The Obama administration has defended the National Security Agency's "need" to collect such records, despite the huge overreach and invasion of citizens' privacy.

Truth is, most Americans do not believe the government won't use the information it's gathering for good purposes only. Information is power. Knowledge about private affairs can be used for bad ends.

Source: Wade OpEd in American Thinker: 2014 Delaware Senate race Jul 25, 2014

Jack Markell: New I-95 fly-over ramps; $1.1B for infrastructure

Unleashing the potential of our economy also demands world-class infrastructure. The ability to move goods and services efficiently, connect to cutting-edge information technology infrastructure, and access cleaner, cheaper, and more reliable energy, is essential to every industry in our state.

For years, Delawareans tried to avoid the interchange of I-95 and Route 1. But our investment in new fly-over ramps has alleviated congestion, shortening commutes, shipping times, and trips to the beach.

We are making similar improvements at I-95 and 202. That exit ramp was a notorious choke point, but improvements have cut the average number of hours per day of slowing traffic from six to less than one.

Infrastructure investments create high-paying, middle-class jobs today and they lay the foundation for future prosperity. It's time to stop complaining about the sorry shape of our Transportation Trust Fund and fix the underlying issues. I propose that we invest $1.1 billion over five years.

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Delaware legislature Jan 23, 2014

Ruth Ann Minner: Implement e-government, starting with DMV

Today, we are in the middle of several important e-Government projects. First, a complete overhaul of the State’s web site. On our new home page, we will organize services and information in a way that makes the user’s experience easier, more efficient and more enjoyable. Second, a new state-of-the-art web presence for the Division of Motor Vehicles. This “next generation” website will utilize the latest technologies to meet the needs of DMV customers in a way no other state is today.
Source: 2001 State of the State Address to Delaware Assembly Jan 25, 2001

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