On Tuesday, the White House and the U.S. Department of Commerce announced the creation of the Digital Freedom Initiative, a program designed to help developing nations grow their technology industries.
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"It's good foreign policy, and it's good economic policy," Correll said of
Bush has budgeted $2 million for the program in his proposed 2004 federal budget, Correll said, but organizers expect
Representatives of Hewlett-Packard and Cisco Systems attended the White House program kick-off ceremony Tuesday. IBM has also expressed interest in the program, Correll said. The U.S. Department of Commerce hopes to recruit more companies to get involved. Other federal agencies involved include the U.S. Agency for International Development and the USA Freedom Corps.
The groups involved participated in the first organizational meeting Tuesday, and another meeting should happen within a couple of months, Correll said. Details about how the program will operate are still being worked out.
One of the program's missions is to help developing nations "bring people out of poverty," Correll said. "The overall goal is technology-based economic development," she added. "We're sending our human capital over to