Originally published: December 13, 2009
Last updated: December 13, 2009 - 6:56pm
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton often jokes that she's not very tech savvy, but she has made technology an important part of U.S. diplomacy from Afghanistan to Mexico. And she has appointed a 37-year-old technology policy expert to advise her on these matters. While military planners look at troop levels in Afghanistan, Clinton's senior adviser for innovation, Alec Ross, spends his time thinking about the country's cellular phone network. "One of the things that we saw was that the Taliban was forcing the shutdown of the cellular networks at night, and they then would conduct raids and would be able to do things out of view while the cell networks were powered down," Ross said.
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