May 13, 2009 By Wayne Hanson
France yesterday passed a very tough "Creativity and Internet" intellectual property piracy law that is more stringent than the EU's own code, and may contradict it in some respects. The French law gives illegal downloaders three warnings and then can pull the Internet plug for up to a year. The law was expected to pass, but was voted down recently in a sparsely attended session of the French Parliament. The Socialist party says it will appeal, according to media 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.