Headlines, PublicNet: 11 March, 1998

Information technology that will be used by government in the future has gone on display in Manchester as part of a European conference on Better Government. It gives a glimpse of how the next century might look with people dealing with government from their own homes, their offices and in public places.Digital TV will give access to government services and instead of going to a Natwest Bank to use the experimental system to advise departments about a new business start up, it will be possible to do it from home. Touch screen kiosks on display are being used in trials around the country. It is planned to install them in shopping centres, libraries and post offices giving people the opportunity to renew passports and driving licences and deal directly with officials in remote offices about a whole range of issues.

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