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Us-Ap.Com: Quid Pro Quo

Two IT superpowers join forces to rewrite rules in cyberspace

Us-Ap.Com: Quid Pro Quo
Us-Ap.Com: Quid Pro Quo
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We live in the era of dotcoms and dotcons! Each day sees the birth of a new idea, a new dotcom. In such an environment, can two progressive administrations stay out of the race? On March 24, 2000, the two cyber-savvy governments - of the US and Andhra Pradesh - came together in Hyderabad to institutionalise US-AP.com.

President Clinton’s visit to Cyberabad and his exhilarating speech at Hitec City to the czars of Indian infotech industry marks a turning point in Indo-US IT ties. People-to-people contact between the US and Andhra goes back several decades. A significant percentage of H1B visas are issued from the US’ Chennai consulate and it’s estimated that most of these go to people from Hyderabad. The lingua franca in most Silicon Valley units is no longer C++ or Java but Telugu!

Clinton experienced the power of IT in Cyberabad for himself when he got a driving licence using the Web. The ease with which immovable property transactions could now be registered on a sleek cd-rom fascinated him. While Clinton was fulsome in his praise for the advances made...

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