Well ... How Did We Get Here?

Government's 20-year journey from the pre-Web era to today's always connected society.

by / December 17, 2007

For much of 2007, we at Government Technology have taken a look back at our own history. Our Way Back Machine feature covered some of the highs and lows of our existence, recalled notable stories and issues of days gone by, and many of the doers, dreamers and drivers of those early days were highlighted once again.

Normally in the December issue, we run our annual Year in Review. But since this is the 20th anniversary of Government Technology, we felt something special was in order. So we've dispensed with a mere year in review and have instead gazed backward through time to reminisce on 20 years' worth of government and technology - the stories, the technology and the people. What follows is not our story. It's yours. It's an attempt to recapture just a bit of the astonishing ride, from the pre-Web era to today's always-on - and always online - society. It's the tale of people who helped change government's perception of technology, moving it from novelty to necessity. Finally, this look back is also an account of the slew of wonderful gadgets that two decades ago we couldn't imagine and today we couldn't be without.

You've all been part of the journey. Come with us as we look back at where you've been.

Chad Vander Veen

Chad Vander Veen is the former editor of FutureStructure.