September 8, 2009 By News Report
The New York Times reported Saturday that the Chinese government is now requiring real name registration for all posted news comments. The government -- which already has heavy control of Internet activity -- backed down after a public furor about a previous requirement to use the Green Dam Youth Escort software that also blocked content the government deemed offensive. As a result, the newest requirement was put in covertly, according to reports.
All over the country, community leaders are looking to boost economic development through various initiatives. One key element in many of those initiatives is the use of information technology. When local governments build IT infrastructure, create e-government applications, assist high-tech startups or otherwise focus on technology, they create conditions that draw businesses to their communities and help retain skilled workers. This paper discusses and provides examples of these various ways local government can use technology to ultimately make a community more attractive to businesses, visitors and residents.