ITU Conference Breifing Notes (What the US *really* thinks about Y2k ) : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread

Scroll down to "Preparation of the Year 2000" to see what the US *really* thinks about Y2k and it's impact, as stated at an ITU (International Telecommunication Union) conference.

Bobbi +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ "Civilization is the process of setting man free from men." -- Ayn Rand -- +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Y2k? Got water? Got Beans? Take the Y2k Preparation Quiz!

-- Bobbi (, December 11, 1998


Bobbi, I thought everyone knew the govt. was taking Y2K seriously - they are certainly spending enough money on remediation to make one think so. I have posted links to govt. Y2K documents before - they have asked citizens to be ready for short term power outages and be ready to boil water etc. The idea the govt. expects nothing to happen is just a myth - unfortunatly perpetuated by the fact the president is rather preoccupied right now and hasn't said much of anything about anything of importance for some time.

Try this one as a starter and then follow the links to the rest of the area - they don't get too excited but read it for what is implied about the possibilities of impact on the food supply rather than saying "no panic no profit".

-- Paul Davis (, December 11, 1998.

Who are these people? Are they in any way government affiliated? Not sure of impact until I know this.

-- margie mason (, December 11, 1998.

The ITU, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland is an international organization within which governments and the private sector coordinate global telecom networks and services. Their site is at

The U.S. has delegates to the conference. I don't know who the delegates are, but I'm trying to find out.

Bobbi +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ "Civilization is the process of setting man free from men." -- Ayn Rand -- +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Y2k? Got water? Got Beans? Take the Y2k Preparation Quiz!

-- Bobbi (, December 11, 1998.

Also note the front page USA Today article on the UN Y2000 Conference, starting yesterday or today (Tursday or Friday, the 10 or 11)


-- Chuck a night driver (, December 11, 1998.

Bobbi, Thanks.

Paul, For high-risk areas, agencies are developing contingency plans to ensure that they will be able to conduct business even if their systems or outside services on which they depend are not available. - - USDA

How do they define, high-risk areas. Where are they listed in government docs?


-- Diane J. Squire (, December 11, 1998.

The definitions depend on whether "is" is "is" or not.

It depends on whether you're trying to count "things that require fixing in time" (the government computer programmer's definition) or "things can be fixed in time." (The government political leader's definition)

Near as I can tell it is:

Mission critical = We gotta have it to run the department. Programmer definition.

Mission critical = We can get most of this sort of fixed in time to meet the March deadline. Political definition.

Corollary: If it can't get fixed in time to meet March 1999 deadine, it comes off of the mision critical list.

-- Robert A. Cook, P.E. (Kennesaw, GA) (, December 11, 1998.

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