Wednesday, June 23, 2010

German Parliament Tells off MP for Using iPad

A German politician has raised eyebrows and drawn scorn this week by becoming the first member of parliament to use an iPad during a speech. Computers are banned on the floor of the Bundestag, but with politicos tiring of carrying around heavy files, a feisty debate is expected to ensue over the use of digital devices.

It's been called the "Jesus Tablet," the "iGod," and more than two million of them have been sold already, but don't try to bring your iPad along with you to Germany's federal parliament, the Bundestag.

Jimmy Schulz, a member of parliament with the business-friendly Free Democrats (FDP), drew criticism this week after using his new iPad during a speech before the Bundestag. "One of the presidents of the Bundestag told me that the iPad usage had violated policies," Schulz told the Berliner Kurier newspaper.

Schulz had been the first member of parliament to eschew pen and paper and instead use an iPad as the cue card for his talking points. The issue is to be taken up by the Bundestag's Committee on the Rules of Procedure, a parliament spokesperson told the newspaper.

Germany's Bundestag has a blanket ban on the use of computers by anyone but journalists inside the parliamentary plenary hall, where traditional, memorized rhetoric is the preferred method of speech-giving.

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