Statement by the Press Secretary: U.S. Representatives on the Digital Opportunity Taskforce (11/22/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
November 22, 2000


     Today, President Clinton announced that Zoe Baird, Carly Fiorina, and
Thomas Kalil will serve as the U.S. representatives to the Digital
Opportunity Taskforce.

     The Digital Opportunity Taskforce, or "dot force," was created by
President Clinton and the other G8 leaders at the Okinawa Summit.  The
mission of the dot force is to create a strategy to help bridge the global
digital divide between developed and developing countries.  The dot force
is composed of representatives from government, industry, non-profit
organizations and international organizations from both developed and
developing countries.  The first meeting of the dot force will be held in
Tokyo on November 27-28.

     Zoe Baird is the President of the Markle Foundation.  Ms. Baird brings
with her more than 20 years of experience as a noted lawyer and business
executive in both the private and public sectors.  The Markle Foundation
seeks to realize the potential of emerging information and communications
technologies to improve people's lives, and has recently launched an
initiative to help create "digital opportunity" in developing countries.

     Carleton (Carly) S. Fiorina is chairman, president and chief executive
officer of Hewlett-Packard Company.  Prior to joining HP, Fiorina spent a
total of nearly 20 years at AT&T and Lucent.  Under Carly's leadership, HP
has launched World e-Inclusion, a new business strategy to broaden access
to the social and economic opportunities of the digital age to low-income
people in developing countries.

     Thomas A. Kalil is Special Assistant to the President for Economic
Policy, and is the point person for the White House National Economic
Council on a wide range of technology and telecommunications issues.  He
also serves as the White House co-chair for the Administration's initiative
on nanotechnology.


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