In a recent appearance at the Wired for Change technology conference in New York City, former president Bill Clinton revealed that during his eight years in office, he sent a grand total of two emails. To be fair, one of them went to space:
“I sent a grand total of two emails as president,” he said [at the Wired for Change conference in New York], “one to our troops in the Adriatic, and one to John Glenn when he was 77 years old in outer space. I figured it was OK if Congress subpoenaed those.” When he took office in ’93, he added, there were about 50 sites on the Internet, and cell phones were so heavy that they were best used for bicep curls.
And to think: His vice president invented it.
More substantively, Clinton’s talk was concerned with the role of technology in the developing world: “[Technology] needs to be in the service of building functioning institutions. The big problem in poor countries is they don’t have the institutions we take for granted.”
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