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Hangin' with the Not-So-Technical Crowd - "Can your legislative representative Google?"

August 31, 2005View for printing

August 25, 2005

Opinion: There's a bit of distance between the people who craft legislation that affects technology and the people who use it and rely on it.

As summer ends and the fall legislative session begins in Congress, it's worth taking a few minutes to consider the differences between two worlds: those who live and breathe on the network and those who think of online communication as more like a phone call or a TV show than a constant, reliable presence. This is the first look—inspired by a conversation I had last week with The Gillmor Gang—at how these attitudes will affect digital politics in the coming year. This week, we look at the not-so-technical crowd. Next week, we'll look at tech-savvy attitudes.

The first thing tech folks might want to remember about Washington is that congressmen don't really make their own phone calls. The other little fact: Many of them don't type.

By Chris Nolan

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