Russian president demands computer know-how of civil servants

Failure to embrace technology could cost government officials their jobs
||Last Updated: 07/22/2008

Russian civil servants will have to know how to use a computer or will be out of a job, according to the country's new president.

President Dmitry Medvedev, 42, likened computer skills to literacy, saying the government doesn't hire people who can't read or write and it shouldn't hire those who can't use a computer.

Dragging the bureaucracy into the high-tech age will also help combat corruption, said the president.