As the Ash Cloud hung over Europe last summer putting the brakes on travel plans for hundreds of thousands of people, one Norwegian government official found a way to communicate – using his iPad. The eruption of the volcano in Iceland ,the source of the Ash Cloud, stranded The Prime Minister of Norway, Jen Stoltenberg,in the United States where he had been attending a nuclear summit.
Norway’s almost 5 million people have taken to the new technology and social media with an enthusiasm almost unmatched in the world. Norway is home of the Nobel Peace Prize, rugged coastline and a highly educated populace. Norway is known for its liberal/progressive policies and heightened social conscience supporting companies with a strong corporate social responsibility in their mission statement.
The Storting, the Norwegian Parliament, made up of 169 elected officials uses the latest social media to conduct its business. Whether its internet homepage or videos on YouTube, the Storting sets a high standard for being current.
The left of center government announced June 10th it will be scaling back in August the use of Norway’s Air Force fighter jets which have been attacking Libya since March, as part of the NATO alliance. No evidence of tweeting here. It was announced the old fashioned way by a news release in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
Will the Unitd States or other governments around the world use the iPad or some form of it in the future to run their governments. It’s a good bet that will be the case.