Last August the White House announced a new initiative to improve the federal government’s technological infrastructure. You might think this means upgrading all the high-tech computer rooms with 4K monitors and solid-state EMP-hardened storage. More likely, an “upgrade” means sending someone out with a damp cloth to wipe the dirt off the Morse signal lamps. Maybe a drop of 3-in-1 oil on the telegraph key.
Let’s go to the press release. It begins with an inspirational quotation from Our President: “I want us to ask ourselves every day, how are we using technology to make a real difference in people’s lives.”