By Jennifer LeClaire
April 16, 2010
Norway Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg used his brand-new Apple iPad to
govern from a New York airport. But Stoltenberg may not have been aware
of the security risks of not using his hardened government phone. While
Apple got some free iPad publicity, Stoltenberg's endorsement also
carried the risk of Apple being blamed for a security breach.
Norway's prime minister is using the iPad to remotely govern his nation.
According to a report by The Associated Press, Prime Minister Jens
Stoltenberg started using his brand-new iPad while stuck at a New York
airport on Thursday. His flight was canceled due to a volcanic ash cloud
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"When we were in the U.S., it was one of several tools that he used to
keep in touch with the office back in Norway, to do his work," Trude
Maaseide, a spokesperson for the prime minister, told the AP.
Stoltenberg was in town for President Barack Obama's nuclear summit.
Running the iGovernment
Photos of Stoltenberg reading content on his iPad at Kennedy Airport
during the delay are circulating the Internet. Many are discussing the
prime minister's move away from a laptop, netbook or even a smartphone
to keep up with e-mail and other tasks while stranded. But some analysts
are saying what appears to be a profitable publicity win for Apple could
backfire on the iPad maker.
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