No new ICT bills on the horizon, govt tech chief says

- Thursday, March 17, 2011

No new ICT bills on the horizon, govt tech chief says

Chile's government will not introduce any new ICT-related bills in the short term, but will rather dedicate efforts to advancing proposals already in congress, the national head of digital strategy, Alfredo Barriga, told BNamericas.

"In the short term, in accordance with the digital agenda that exists right now, we are not considering additional laws that have to do with technology," he said.

Barriga said the executive branch will place special emphasis on gaining approval of its telecommuting bill by year's end.

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"We are discussing this topic in congress, and we're providing examples of similar legislation from other countries," he said. "We're also providing real statistics on the people [in Chile] that already telecommute."

Based on initial conversations with legislators, there appears to be support from both majority and opposition party members, Barriga added.

CLOUD COMPUTING

Cloud computing is a topic that continues to garner significant interest among government decision-makers, Barriga said.

"It's an area that we are going to emphasize," he said. "The first step that we will take this year is to put together an internal cloud computing environment within the state. Afterward, we want to reach agreements on services that could include some cloud computing modalities, such as infrastructure as a service and platform as a service."

Still, Barriga acknowledged legal restrictions on cloud computing use.

"Perhaps we won't use the complete cloud computing offering because of data protection issues and some administrative limitations regarding the storage of certain types of information that have to remain in government agencies."

OBAMA VISIT

The Chilean government is putting the finishing touches on preparations for US President Barack Obama's visit, which will take place March 21-22.

Local press reports have tipped science and technology as one of the topics that will be discussed with Chilean President Sebastián Piñera during Obama's two-day stay, but Barriga was unable to validate these reports.

"Both [leaders] are people that believe in the contribution that science and technology have in country development," he said. "At least in that sense they will be able to share opinions about what is happening there and what is happening here."