David Ige on Technology
State was unprepared for accidental emergency alert
Hanabusa attempted to make the race about leadership, by focusing on lapses such as the Jan. 13 missile alert that caused a public panic, and the 38-minute delay by the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency in notifying the public that it was a false alarm.
From the start of his administration, Ige's critics tried to portray him as indecisive and ineffective. When HI-EMA took 38 minutes to officially cancel the false alarm, that played into the political narrative of Ige's opponents.
Ige admitted the state was unprepared for the accidental alert, but said steps were taken to make sure it would never happen again. The worker who triggered the alarm was terminated while two others resigned, and Ige said his administration
was "open and transparent" about the inquiry into the false alarm. Later in the election season, Ige clearly benefited from the state's handling of flooding on Kauai and the Kilauea volcanic eruption in Puna.
Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser on 2018 Hawaii gubernatorial race
, Aug 12, 2018
Broadband capacity integral to economic growth
For those who haven't noticed, innovation, fuelled by technology, is driving the global economy at breakneck speed. We simply must create an economic environment that enables
Hawaii's entrepreneurs to turn ideas into products and services so that we can compete in today's global economy. And we know that deploying a strong broadband capacity is critical to that kind of environment.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Hawaii legislature
, Jan 25, 2016
Pioneered "paperless Legislature" & government transparency
Q: Hawaii's public records law mandates that public records be made available whenever possible. Yet many citizens are unable to afford the costs that state and local government agencies impose.
Would you support eliminating search and redaction charges and making records free to the public except for basic copying costs?
A: Yes. We need to limit charges to basic copying costs.
I pioneered the use of technology in state government to help transparency: the paperless Legislature that increases information access and eases the burden of submitting testimony; and creation of the
Capitol Public Access Room that provides assistance to individuals participating in the legislative process.
Source: Honolulu Civil Beat Q&A on 2014 Hawaii gubernatorial race
, Jul 11, 2014
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