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Obama vs. McCain on Technology

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Here is a 65-minute video of Senator Obama speaking at Google, to the tech industry. I know it’s a long video, but it’s worth the watch if you’re curious to know more about the potential of technology and the internet in the next administration.

John McCain never uses the internet — or computers for that matter. He’s admitted his lack of techno-savvy publicly. It’s no surprise that he treats it like an enemy or something to be controlled. Back in 2006, he supported fines for blogs that allow open comments. Making MySpace work to prevent sexual predators from using their site is perfectly legitimate, but there is absolutely no legal concern about commenters on blogs. It’s a spurious claim at best, and Orwellian at worst.

More links:  McCain – OnTheIssues.org, Obama – OnTheIssues.org, Mother Jones on McCain’s Technology Policy, JohnMcCain.com, BarackObama.com.

Concerning John McCain’s official site and his stance on technology, he seems to miss the idea that technology needs a clear vision.  Vague terms and generalizations are not going to get the job done.  Most of his contentions are roundabout Republican talking points.  “John McCain will not tax new innovation by keeping capital gains taxes low.”  That’s great John, but capital gains doesn’t only affect technology and innovations.  And it’s not the only way to encourage innovation.  Someone should introduce Senator McCain to the X-Prize.

Senator Obama’s technology stance is very exciting for me, not because I’m in the tank but because government transparency is something I’ve advocated and wanted for a long time.  Obama understands that technology is a great way to improve government in general.  If everything the government did were available on Google, would they get away with wasting our money?  As a techie, I am really interested in an Obama administration.


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