Since leaving the White House, Bill Clinton has devoted much of his time to his foundation. While that organization concerns itself with rolling back the spread of global disease and climate change, he sees a tremendous potential for the Internet to help those efforts.
Speaking at a conference in Washington marking the 25th anniversary of the .com domain, Clinton spoke of the vibrant potential of Internet technology to address global blights in the coming years. Datamation has the story.
WASHINGTON — A hefty portion of the national broadband plan that saw first light Tuesday morning is devoted to the use of communications technology for what Congress dubbed “national purposes” — policy areas like clean energy and health care where high-speed Internet connections could reduce costs or improve outcomes.
For Bill Clinton, global purposes might be a more suitable target.
While the Federal Communications Commission was meeting to discuss the broadband plan it delivered to Congress today, the former president was delivering a speech across town at a conference commemorating the 25th anniversary of the .com domain.
Introduced as the nation’s first Internet president (the White House Web site went up on his watch, a 1996 executive order directed federal agencies to engage the public using the Internet), Clinton gave an emphatic salute to the potential for Internet-enabled communication to address some of the world’s most urgent challenges.