E-Government

Issues relating to government use of IT.

Federal Government Policy on the Use of Persistent Internet Cookies: Time for Change or More of the Same?

May 26, 2009
| Reports

In the digital world a decade is a long time, yet federal government websites are using the same restrictive policy on “cookies“—small data files stored on a user’s computer—established during the Clinton administration. In this report, ITIF looks at the origins of this federal government policy, the current uses of persistent cookies, and proposes a new framework for the use of persistent cookies on government websites given current trends in e-government. The goal, ITIF argues, should be to loosen the restrictions on the use of cookies and balance privacy against other equally important goals such as usability, accessibility and transparency.

The Next Wave of E-Government

February 2, 2009
| Blogs & Op-eds