Since Apple first released the iPad in 2010, the devices have seen widespread adoption in government.
Just months after the device's release, a paper was published outlining 20 success stories of agencies that found ways to increase efficiency through iPad use. In Utah, some 3,000 to 4,000 users brought their own iPads into the system, prompting the creation of a user's manual for state employees. And in Maryland, the governor's office ditched paper for iPads, drastically reducing paper use. Even police found uses for the popular device.
But not everyone believes using new technology will necessarily improve business. At a town meeting held Nov. 13, Myersville, Md., councilman Brett Bidle questioned the device's usefulness, according to the Frederick News Post. "I don't see how it will help me to better govern in my position," he said.
Bidle, who was elected to the council in 2010 at age 18, didn't just question the device's utility, he requested his own device be returned so the funds could be used for other projects, such as an update to the town's website.
Bidle's request to return his tablet was rejected by Mayor Wayne Creadick, who said town council members were required to use the devices, which were first issued three months prior. Though Bidle said he would rather use paper and check his email using a computer, the policy will require the councilman to continue using the device.
Photo of Brett Bidle, left, being sworn in as a Myersville town councilman by Mayor Wayne Creadick by Marge Neal/Frederick News Post.