The Use of Technology an Issue for Debate at General Conference 2016

Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS Delegates will use tablet computers to ask to speak during the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore.

Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Delegates will use tablet computers to ask to speak during the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore.

As the Church moves into the 21st century, it is not always an easy journey. General Conference introduced new technology this year to streamline the process of calling on delegates to speak. In previous sessions, delegates held colored cards over their head and waited to be called on. Under the new system, delegates use tablet computers at their tables to relay a request to be recognized. 

Unfortunately, some delegates are not comfortable with the technology and there have also been questions about the effectiveness of the tablets, especially for delegates who are not computer savvy. The General Conference eventually adopted the rule that provides for the use of the tablets.

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