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MINISTERS IN CYBERSPACE

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In the future, government ministers will use voice-controlled computers, virtual reality, multimedia conferencing a...
In the future, government ministers will use voice-controlled computers, virtual reality, multimedia conferencing and finger-print security to access information, hold live video press interviews and monitor events around the world.

Roger Freeman, minister for public service, spoke today about Whitehall 2000, a live demonstration of a minister's office of the future.

'The Whitehall 2000 project could have a significant effect on the way government operates in the next millenium. Whatever their location, ministers will have access to their offices and the media. This project positions the UK as the world leader in harnessing the power of new technologies to enhance government.

'The Internet has already provided a succesful medium for government to communicate efficiently with the public - the CCTA Government Information System carries information from 140 public sector organisations and has been accessed almost six million times.

'Countries which understand how to use the emerging technologies will be more competitive, and their people will enjoy an improving quality of life. Public services will increase in efficiency and accessibility as the information revolution moves forward.'

Mark Gladwyn, head of strategic programmes at CCTA, said: 'The technologies used in Whitehall 2000 are simple to operate and will enable ministers and business leaders to participate fully in a global economy.'

Mr Freeman was speaking at Emerging Technology '96, the showcase for new technology which can enhance the business of government and the public sector.

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