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Why Gov Wants The iPad to Succeed

I’m defending the iPad. Not because I’m an Apple fanboy. Not because I’m going to buy one. But because I think there’s potential to positively change the personal computing experience in a way that helps government sleep better at night. I’m not talking about the iPad itself, but what the App store can become via the iPad.

Currently, the way most us to connect to the web is through the browser, which was meant to only take you from point A to B. Unfortunately, the world wide web is a dangerous place if you don’t know how to navigate. Every day, innocent consumers fall prey to malicious scams and phishing schemes, and there isn’t much the government can do to protect them.

With the App Store, not only do you access the internet without going through a browser, but the barriers to entry for service providers should theoretically weed out illegitimate third parties. With a structured vetting process (at least security-wise, theoretically) and a crowdsourced reviewing process, there really isn’t an incentive for virtual predators to get on the App store. For the time being, you could be pretty confident that your apps aren’t trying to steal your personal information or plant bugs into your device.

Sure, there are still security vulnerabilities, especially with mobile security being nonexistent, but that’s a different can of worms and viruses.

But there’s nothing new about the App store. It’s been around for years on the iPhone.

Yes, but limitations with the iPhone made it difficult to deliver more dynamic functionalities. With a much larger screen size and upgraded processing power, developers have a lot more freedom to have their apps mirror that of their regular websites. Imagine being able to set your fantasy football rosters as easily as you would through your browser. There will be an app for that. And hopefully, you won’t have to worry about using it. And internet policy makers will take a collective sigh of relief.

  1. March 11, 2010 at 9:03 pm


    This is a great start; love the conceit, love the name, and love the fact that two former LBJ’ers started blogs with in a week of each other (i.e., me too).

    Re: this post, do you think the App Store infrastructure could facilitate a new software market for app developers, where one agency could create an app that could have a common data standard and yet be adaptable for other agency’s needs (i.e., offering multiple customers for the same vendor)?


  2. Saretta
    March 11, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    I love the blog name and have added you to my blog roll!

    I agree with you on developing more ways to connect with government other than through a browser.

    There’s no reason to limit consumer-friendly technology in the government or business world especially when it makes the information finding process more efficient. If anything, it makes government agencies more responsive and aware of information trends and citizen concerns.

    Look forward to reading more from you!

  3. Jon Lee
    March 11, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Steve – yes, I think that’s definitely a possibility, but when it comes to general enterprise-wide reuse of applications, there are a lot more opportunities outside of the App store, since an iPhone app is just another channel of access for an application that exists elsewhere.

    And that’s awesome that you got your site up this week too. LBJ nerd up!

  4. Jon Lee
    March 11, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Saretta – thanks for visiting and thank you and Steve for your comments that adds more intelligence to my site. I hope I can keep this thing going for a while

  5. Daniel
    March 17, 2010 at 5:42 am

    still only one post? when you gonna add another entry?

    • Jon Lee
      March 17, 2010 at 7:59 pm

      Just posted 2nd article. Sorry, I only plan on writing about one post a week.

  6. Saretta
    March 17, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    We want more! Would love to hear your thoughts on some of the panels you went to for SXSW since I couldn’t go this year.

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