Poll scheduling debacle wouldn’t happen under an e-government

05 September 2021 - 00:00 By LINDIWE MAZIBUKO

Way back in the spring of 2012 — when work-based travel was still excessive and it was not unthinkable to fly from Cape Town to London for a three-day conference — I was invited to speak at Google Zeitgeist, the company’s discreet annual global technology and public policy gathering, convened by then-CEO Eric Schmidt.

The location was a sprawling countryside retreat in Hertfordshire in the UK, and the guest list was an intimidating cross-section of the well-heeled and the powerful. One of my co-panellists in an early evening discussion chaired by Google doyen Jared Cohen was Toomas Hendrik Ilves, who was then the president of Estonia...

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