Today is Election Day, and although, practically-speaking, nothing can or will change who you’re going to vote for, an interesting conversation that I’ve had with a few people (and I’d love to hear more!) is whether or not the candidates policies on technology have been a deciding factor (or at least a strong helpful indicator) of who you’re going to vote for.
Do you actually know enough of Obama’s and McCain’s technology policies, period? I have yet to meet of someone who’s voting for a particular candidate soley on their technology policy, but I’d love to meet one!
And, I think, it’s an important issue. For many of us (especially those who are reading this) technology plays a huge role in our lives. Certainly the policies of the man in the house-of-white and their “read” on technology should be important, right?
Here’s a portion of Obama’s platform:
And here are some major points (you can read more here):
- Barack Obama will protect the openness of the internet:
Obama and Biden strongly support the principle of network neutrality to preserve the benefits of open competition on the Internet.
- Deploy a modern communications infrastructure:
Obama and Biden believe we can get true broadband to every community in America.
- Improve America’s competitiveness:
Obama and Biden will ensure our goods and services are treated fairly in foreign markets, invest in the sciences, and will provide new research grants to the most outstanding early-career researchers in the country.
And here’s some from McCain (you can read more here):
- Encourage investment in innovation
- Develop a skilled work force
- Champion open and fair trade
- Reform intellectual property protection
- Keep the Internet and entrepreneurs free of unnecessary regulation
- Ensure a fully connected citizenry
For the most part, it appears that they stand pretty close together… (but it appears Barack knows about clean urls…)
Your thoughts this election day?