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State Department Employee Asks Hillary Clinton for Firefox

Despite new leadership from a relatively tech-savvy president, some government offices still seem a little slow to adopt popular technology. While the State Department might have promoted and encouraged Iranian Twitter activity, the Department is nevertheless lagging behind in other Web areas.

In a town hall meeting yesterday, a new member of the State Department, which uses Internet Explorer as its Web browser, pleaded with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to "please let the staff use" rival Mozilla Firefox. (Jump to 26:34 on the above video.) Pointing out that Firefox had been "approved for the entire intelligence community," and that it's a "much safer program," the rookie's question was met with a rowdy chorus of cheers and laughter.

Clinton, for her part, maintained her composure and turned to Under Secretary Patrick Kennedy for help. Kennedy replied that the switch would be an expense issue, to which several people in the crowd responded appropriately with "It's free!" The rest of the interview basically degrades into governmental ramblings about "resources to manage multiple systems," "patches," and the "capital investment fund."

While the exchange may seem like just another instance of politicians being oblivious to a changing world, at least no one muttered anything about tubes, the Internets, or Web site numbers. [From: U.S. State Department, via DownloadSquad]

Tags: firefox, government, hillary clinton, HillaryClinton, internet explorer, InternetExplorer, politics, state department, StateDepartment, top

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