What The U.S. Government Has To Say About The Latest Technology

Understanding the government and politics role in technology innovation.

History

Once upon a time in America, we used to have a society totally dependent on paper and paper receipts. Who would have thought that the food in their local grocery store would be barcoded and the cashier would just pass over the scanner for the price to appear on the screen. Now think of how the government would be transformed by newer technology reshaping the way business is done. Do you remember that to even step into an entrepreneur's office you would have to get past the secretary? This is no longer the case since Alexa or Siri may have the whole day of the schedule for him or her. During the time of great technology transformation, the government even started to go paperless.

Policy

The Internal Revenue Service started letting people Efile their taxes and print forms from the website instead of having to send off and request tax documents or go to the library to pick them up. The empowered taxpayer no longer had to rely on an account or a tax preparation service they could just download some software onto their computer and plug in the numbers and voila! The post office didn't want to get left behind in the new age of technology so they made it easy for businesses to order their postage machine and print your own postage for your mail or packages. The internet created e-commerce the reality of no longer having to get in the car and physically drive to the store and stand in line. The newly added convenience of shopping being right there at the fingertips of the consumer from the comfort of their home minus having to deal with a sales person was expanding exponentially to include all stores. Then it seems like overnight Amazon just became this mammoth of a store that sells everything cheaper and could get your products to just as fast as the post office or faster if you pay a little extra or become a prime member.

Technology

The U.S. government has found itself in a conundrum of how to regulate what it doesn't fully understand. The network that has gone on in order for all of these things to work. Network management is maintaining several computer systems that make up the foundation of a business operation. The U.S. government is now calling CEO of various companies like Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey from Twitter to Capitol Hill. The United States government is having to play catch up with the issues surrounding user privacy. People don't like the thought of their information being sold to various third parties who may be marketing partners of companies. It was funny looking at Senators who are from the baby boomer era and who don't have a clue about technology trying to ask technical intellectual questions that they want to be answered by the CEO. The technology companies play along with the regulators and take their fines in stride and go back to doing their thing which is developing more artificial intelligence to help the users of their platform to operate more seamlessly. The United States government is facing cyber attacks by hostile countries or domestic cyber terrorists. The U.S. now finds itself facing cyber attacks from North Korea, Russia or even China has the type of high tech hackers that can infiltrate networks if they are not up to date. Unfortunately, America has found itself in a game it's not prepared to play. The government has not set aside the money it takes to put in place the right to secure the computer systems. The Pentagon, Veteran's Administration and even NASA have been hacked. Whereas the DNC got hacked by Wikileaks.

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