The Internet Technologies Testbed examined two technical issues that affect the ability of government to either deliver networked services or to conduct government operations more efficiently: network security and a common user interface.
The security component looked at the methods available for protecting data, servers, and local area networks from loss, damage, or unauthorized use. Understanding and employing effective security management is critical to an organization's ability to move forward with any Internet based service. The common interface project had as its primary objective the examination and demonstration of the World Wide Web as a universal interface for the delivery of New York State services to its citizens. It asked whether the Web can be viewed as a preferred method of service delivery in four key areas: business applications, information dissemination, workgroup collaboration, and education.
The Internet Technologies Testbed involved several government organizations and a number of corporate partners in a variety of hands-on experiments, instructional activities, and demonstration projects designed to clarify these issues.