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The 2008 Kentucky Digital Government Summit will be held in Lexington on April 22, 2008.  Read more.
 

Kentucky Digital Government Summit Coming April 22
For the eighth straight year the Commonwealth Office of Technology (COT) will partner with Government Technology magazine and industry sponsors to host the Kentucky Digital Government Summit.

Gov. Beshear Announces Homeland Security Grant
On March 17, 2008 Gov. Steve Beshear announced two U.S. Department of Homeland Security grants totaling over $1.5 million to be awarded to Louisville Metro Government.

Grace Period for State Job Registers Expires
Interested applicants for state merit jobs within the Commonwealth of Kentucky posted on or after March 18, 2008 must create an online account with the Personnel Cabinet’s Career Opportunities System.

House Unanimously Passes Identity Theft Legislation
On March 18, 2008 members of the Kentucky House of Representatives unanimously approved Attorney General Jack Conway and Representative Robin Webb’s identity theft legislation.

Two Kentucky Companies Granted Funding From High-Tech Investment Pool
The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) recently granted two Kentucky companies a combined total of up to $969,000 from the state's High-Tech Investment Pool.

Nominations Open For 2008 NASCIO Recognition Awards for Outstanding Achievement in IT
For the 20th consecutive year, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) will honor information technology achievements in the public sector through its Recognition Awards for Outstanding Achievement.

PSC Postpones Start Date For Area Code 364 To April 2010
Measures taken to extend the lifespan of area code 270 have worked as expected, allowing another postponement in the starting date for area code 364 in far western Kentucky.

Attorney General Conway Announces Conviction of Online Sexual Predator
Attorney General Jack Conway and Campbell County Commonwealth’s Attorney Jack L. Porter recently announced the conviction of an online sexual predator arrested during the Attorney General’s April 2007 sting in Highland Heights, Kentucky.

Old Mulkey Meetinghouse State Historic Site To Sponsor Modern Geocaching Event
A remembrance of the Civil War era in southeastern Kentucky and a modern geocaching competition will be held at Old Mulkey Meetinghouse State Historic Site on two weekends in late April and early May.

Attorney General Indicts Nebraska Woman In Alleged Internet Scam
Attorney General Jack Conway recently announced the indictment of a Nebraska woman in connection with her failure to deliver a Lexus automobile sold for more than $30,000 to a Kentucky man on eBay.

New Trail Guide Map and Web Site Promote Travel in Appalachians
Some of the most beautiful areas in Kentucky are featured in a new trail guide map and Web site that promotes travel and tourism in the Appalachian region.

National Tech Stories
Technology Stat

Mobile Access to Data and Information 

Sixty-two percent of all Americans are part of a wireless, mobile population that participates in digital activities away from home or work.

According to the Pew Internet Project’s December 2007 survey:

  • 58 percent of adult Americans have used a cell phone or personal digital assistant (PDA) to do at least one of 10 mobile non-voice data activities, such as texting, e-mailing, taking a picture, looking for maps or directions or recording video.
  • 41 percent of adult Americans have logged onto the Internet on the go, that is, away from home or work either with a wireless laptop connection or a handheld device.
  • Together, this equals 62 percent of all Americans who have some experience with mobile access to digital data and tools. That is, they have either used a cell phone or PDA for a non-voice data application or logged on to the Internet away from home or work using a wireless laptop connection or with a handheld device.

The Pew Internet Project’s survey interviewed a sample of 2,054 adult Americans, which included 500 respondents contacted on their cell phones.

Graphic showing the results of the Pew study on mobile access to data and information

Accompanying this changing nature of access – no longer slow and stationary, but now fast and mobile – has been a transformation in how people value their media access tools. When asked how hard it would be to give up a specific technology, respondents are now most likely to say the cell phone would be most difficult to do without, followed by the Internet, TV and landline telephone. This represents a sharp reversal in how people viewed these technologies in 2002. Read more.

Techlines Trivia Question of the Month

Question:  The Personnel Cabinet’s new Career Opportunities System (COS) has been a big hit since its introduction in late 2007. How many applicants have applied for state jobs using the new system, as of mid-March?

Answer:  As of mid-March, the total number of COS applicants was 16,576, including 3,949 current state employees. Read more about COS.


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Techlines Trivia Question of the Month
 

The Personnel Cabinet’s new Career Opportunities System (COS) has been a big hit since its introduction in late 2007. How many applicants have applied for state jobs using the new system, as of mid-March?

(See the answer at the bottom of this page.)

 

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