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A Personal History of the Nsf Digital Government Program

The NSF Digital Government Program has its roots (circa 1993) in the NSF High-Performance Computing and Communications Program, and NSF's National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois. It was the creation of NCSA's Mosaic software suite of browsers and servers that prompted Larry Brandt, then a Program Manager for the NSF Supercomputer Centers Program, to start promoting a concept of driving innovative IT into government functions and services. At the time, I was Deputy Assistant Director for Computer Information Sciences and Engineering (CISE)1 and Brandt invited me to look at a demo of Mosaic. I was amazed and felt privileged to gaze into the future of a new software paradigm---the genesis of the Web.


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