Paperless poverty

Technology is pushing the world toward a paper?less work environment, and the evidence is growing locally. Direct-deposit checking has been around for quite a while, eliminating for many the need for paper paychecks. USD 410-Hillsboro began distributing its board agenda and documents in digital form a year ago, and now has completed its first paperless enrollment process (see page 12). The Hillsboro City Council is moving toward digital meeting agenda and materials, too.

Going paperless is a luxury for those who can afford the technology and expertise. It may be the inevitable destination for all of us, but for many it remains an intimidating world. Change is not only constant, its pace is accelerating rapidly. Can our world avoid a great schism between the technologically rich and poor? ?DR

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