IT spending in China will reach $51.2 bln in 2009, a YTY growth of 11%, according to SpringBoard.
78% of Republicans, 74% of Democrats, and 76% of independents go online. Among internet users, 55% of Republicans, 61% of Democrats, and 56% of independents look online for news about politics or the 2008 campaigns. 49% of Republicans, 50% of Democrats, and 48% of independents use the internet, email, or text messaging to learn about the campaign and engage in the political process, according to Pew Internet Project
|Ways to contact US government||Internet Users||Non Users|
|Going to a government office||48%||24%|
|Calling a government office||33%||16%|
|Writing a letter||14%||8%|
|Sending email to government office||24%||1%|
Source: Pew Internet Project
58% of Americans have contacted their government in some way during 2007, according to the Pew Internet Project. Some 42% of those who contacted the government say they visited an agency in person; 29% say they called a government office; 18% say they sent an email to a government office or agency; and 13% say they wrote a letter to the government. Some 27% of those who say they contacted the government in the past year say they contacted their local government; another 27% say they contacted their state government. Slightly fewer – 23% – say they contacted the federal government. And 12% say they reached out to several different levels of government. About 10% of respondents either could not remember or would not say where they approached the government. 60% of white Americans say they have contacted their government in the past year, while 49% of minority adults have done the same. 65% of internet users have contacted the government in 2007, compared with 36% of those who do not use the internet.
40% of Americans would prefer to get a government document or publication from the internet, compared with 31% who would prefer it be sent via the mail, according to the Pew Internet Project. 19% would prefer to collect the document from a government office and 6% say they would go to the local public library. 15% of low-access users prefer to get documents from the internet, while 46% would like the document by mail, 25% from the government office, and 8% at the library. Americans seem to choose their methods for contacting the government on a case-bycase. 57% of adults will use the telephone, while only 17% will use the internet. In exploring government benefits for yourself or someone else, only 26% use the telephone and 46% use the internet. For getting a license or permit for a car, 13% use the telephone, 31% use the internet, and. 53% choose some other way, probably because such transactions involved often require in-person appearances, often with documentation.
70% of Americans expect to be able to get information or services from the government agency website when they need it, according to the Pew Internet Project. Only 23% do not expect that. 80% of internet users expect the government websites to provide what they need, compared with only 41% of those who do not use the internet. Even those with only dial-up access to the internet at home (part of the low-access group) expect good government websites: 76% say the websites should provide the information and assistance they need. Nearly 80% of members of Gen X and Gen Y (age 18-42 years) expect government websites to be this useful. Only 40% of those age 65 years and over do so.
41% of 18-29 year olds listed more than one website, compared with just 24% of people age 30 and over, according to the Pew Internet Project. Both MySpace and YouTube are sources of campaign information unique to younger people. MySpace is cited as a campaign news source by 8% of the younger online election news consumers – less than 1% of those ages 30 and over, and the pattern for YouTube is almost identical. But younger online election news consumers also turn to the larger news sites in greater numbers as well. MSNBC, CNN and Yahoo News are cited as sources far more often by 18-29 year olds than by those who are older. In fact, 61% of younger people getting campaign news online list at least one of these three sites among their sources, compared with 46% of those age 30 and older.
|New York Times||6||5||6|
56% of people said they were happy to have received the ads, according to Limbo. 13% said they would have preferred not to see SMS advertising from political candidates.
78% internet users have visited government websites to seek information or assistance, according to the Pew Internet Project. They most commonly visit a local, state or federal government website: a total of 71% have done this, including 66% in the past year. 38% of them have gone online to research official government documents or statistics, including 35% who have done it in the past year. 24% have gone online to get advice or information from a government agency about a health or safety problem and 22% have gone online to get information about, or apply for, government benefits.
Political campaign spending on advertising media and marketing services is expected to rocket to an all-time high of $4.50 bln in the 2008 election cycle, as an acrimonious political environment, record fundraising and the high number of presidential candidates are driving an unprecedented media spending splurge, according to PQ Media. Total political media spend in the 2008 election cycle, including all nine advertising and marketing communications segments used for this purpose, is expected to jump 43.3% compared with the 2006 cycle and is projected to soar 64.1% over the 2004 election.
European traffic to government sites increased 6%, highlighting the move of government information online in Europe. The category was led by Europa.eu with 4.4 mln visitors (up 42%), NIH with 3.9 mln visitors (up 16%), NHS.UK with 3.4 mln visitors (up 3%), and Direct.gov.uk with 2.9 mln visitors (up 23%), comScore says.
A Gallup poll sponsored by Wells Fargo found that 89% of business owners will vote this upcoming election. Among those who have owned their business for 5 or more years, the number of voters rises to 91%. 69% of small-business owners cited energy prices as extremely or very important in their voting decisions. Over 60% also cited healthcare coverage, cutting business taxes, and the general economic conditions, while just over half cited the war on terrorism and the situation in Iraq.
The top federal IT budgets will take a 50% dive in fiscal year 2007, according to Input.
Currently the cost of illegal immigration to the federal government alone is estimated at over $10 bln a year, The Information Network reports. In addition, California citizens pay $10.5 bln a year in the form of higher education costs, higher law enforcement costs, and higher health care costs. Texas citizens pay $4.7 bln, and Arizona citizens pay $1.3 bln. There are 2811 maquiladora (export assembly plants) operating in Mexico employing 1.2 mln people, of which 2065 or about 75% are located in states along the US-Mexico border.
State and local governments will spend $44.24 bln on IT goods and services in 2005. At a growth rate of 7.5%, this figure will rise to $54.96 bln by 2008, Gartner says.
Federal agencies handed out information technology contracts worth $123 bln in 2005, 20% less than in 2004, according to Input.
In 2004, 78 mln tax returns were filed and processes electronically. 42 mln payments involved the traditional paper coupon and check.
If you take a look at the US government top 20 IT contracts, they will total $250 bln in fiscal 2006, Input says. In 2005 top 20 IT contracts provided for $250 bln.
The federal government awarded a record-high $69.23 bln in contracts to small businesses in 2004, according to Federal Procurement Data Center.
According to Input, federal telecommunications spending is expected to increase from $16 bln in 2005 to almost $21.4 bln in 2010.
According to the UK Public Accounts Committee report, by the end of March 2004, 254 government IT projects had been reviewed, with 50% getting an amber rating, 28% red, and 22% green.
UK Office of Government Commerce estimates 2005-2006 government spending on IT to reach 15 bln pounds.
British consumers spent 1.4 bln pounds online in April 2005, 29.3% more than in April 2004, reports the Interactive Media in Retail Group.
British researcher YouGov found that while 50% of first-time voters voted on Big Brother reality TV show, just 40% of them will vote in general elections. At the same time, 70% of young people are “very interested” in issues such as taxes, the environment and healthcare.
IBM and Economist magazine conducted e-readiness survey for countries around the world. A country’s e-readiness score is a measure of its e-business environment, a collection of factors that indicate how amenable a market is to Internet-based opportunities.
Global e-readiness rankings
|Rank, 2005||Rank, 2004||Country||Score, 2005||Score, 2004|
|6 (tie)||9||Hong Kong||8.32||7.97|
|29||27 (tie)||Czech Republic||6.09||6.47|
|32 (tie)||32||South Africa||5.53||5.79|
|56||52 (tie)||Sri Lanka||3.80||3.96|
|Source: IBM, Economist|