Archives for July 8th, 1999

FASTER INFORMATION AGE GOVERNMENT ON THE WAY

Headlines, PublicNet: 8 July, 1999

High speed telecommunications technology is set to revolutionise the way public services can be delivered. Existing telephone lines and a new wireless system will provide links to the Internet ten times faster than today and with much greater bandwith. By July 2001 both BT and its competitors will start to provide new high speed services with low cost ‘always on’ links to the Internet through upgraded telephone lines. About the same time, a new bridge to the Internet will be created using low cost wireless links.

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GETTING TOUGH ON THE CAUSES OF YOUTH CRIME

Headlines, PublicNet: 8 July, 1999

A significant proportion of youth crime is committed by young people who re-offend. In a move to tackle this problem courts will soon be able to use a sentence of referral to a Youth Offender Panel. The panel will work with the young offender to put together a programme of action for the juvenile to follow.

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CORRUPTION AND DEVELOPMENT

Abstracts, PublicNet: 8 July, 1999

Gray C W, Kaufmann D
Finance & Development, (USA), (35/1)
Start page: 7. No of pages: 4

Identifies the sources of corruption as: government contracts and benefits; public revenues; regulatory non-compliance; and legal process. Lists five conclusions to a survey of the economic consequences of corruption, particularly in the time spent with bureaucrats by mangers. Notes the weakness of accountability in the absence of political competition or enforced ethical standards. Reports a survey of citizens’ responses to proposed measures. Focuses on how to create political will by external pressure, economic liberalization, public sector reform to create strong institutions, a free press and a bold approach, not gradualism.

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