October 12, 1998

VICE PRESIDENT GORE ANNOUNCES FIVE CHALLENGES TO BUILD A GLOBAL INFORMATION INFRASTRUCTURE

                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Vice President
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For Immediate Release                         Contact:
Monday, October 12, 1998                 (202) 456-7035

VICE PRESIDENT GORE ANNOUNCES FIVE CHALLENGES TO BUILD A GLOBAL INFORMATION
                              INFRASTRUCTURE

     Minneapolis, MN -- In a speech today before the United Nations' chief
telecommunications organization,  Vice President Gore challenged delegates
representing over 180 nations to use our newest technologies to preserve
our oldest values.

     "Four years ago, I asked you to helped create a global information
superhighway," Vice President Gore said."Today, I thank you for what you
have done to bring about the most stunning revolution the world has known,
and I challenge you to build on this unprecedented opportunity by putting
these new global networks to work helping people."

     "Today, we can build on our progress and use these powerful new forces
of technology to advance our oldest and most cherished values: to extend
knowledge and prosperity to the most isolated inner cities at home, and the
most remote rural villages around the world; to bring 21st century learning
and communication to places that don't even have phone service today; to
share specialized medical technology that can save and improve lives; to
deepen the meaning of democracy and freedom in this Internet age,"he said.

     The Vice President proposed five new challenges, which he
characterized as a "Declaration of Interdependence."

       First, he challenged the world community to improve access to
technology so everyone on the planet is within walking distance of basic
telecommunication services by the year 2005.  For all our progress, 65% of
the world's households still have no phone service.

          Second, he challenged the world community to bridge language
          barriers by developing technologies with real-time digital
          translation so anyone on the planet can talk to anyone else.
          Such technologies could reduce the cost of doing business and
          increase international cooperation.

          Third, he challenged the world community to create a global
          knowledge network of people working to improve the delivery of
          education, health care, agricultural resources, and sustainable
          development, and to ensure public safety. The Vice President
          challenged the education community to link together
          practitioners, academic experts, and not-for-profit organizations
          working on our most pressing social and economic needs.


          Fourth, he challenged the world community to ensure that
          communications technology protects the free-flow of ideas and
          supports democracy and free speech.  We must continue to work to
          ensure that the Global Information Infrastructure (GII) promotes
          the free-flow of ideas and supports democracy around the globe.

           Fifth, he challenged the world community to create networks that
          allow every micro-entrepreneur in the world to advertise, market,
          and sell products directly to the world market.  Such networks
          will enable entrepreneurs to keep more profits, provide
          information about world prices, develop technology as a business
          tool, increase the diversity of the global marketplace, and
          create jobs.

     Additionally, the Vice President called on the world community to
address the Year 2000 computer problem, which, if not addressed, could pose
serious problems for commerce and communications all over the world.

     "We must ensure that the international system is ready for the year
2000 -- because one weak link in the system will hurt us all," Vice
President Gore said. "Together, we must solve this problem."