Where the major U.S. presidential candidates stand on tech issues

[IDG] They differ on Net neutrality, offshoring jobs and broadband deploymentThe 2008 U.S. presidential election gives CIOs and other IT executives a choice of two major-party candidates who are interested in technology-related issues. While the U.S. economy and the war in Iraq have dominated the debate between Republican nominee Sen. John McCain and Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama, the two men have also hit on such IT hot buttons as telecommunications and tech jobs.Both senators bring tech experience to the race, although the experience is significantly different. Obama has had relatively little legislative experience related to technology, but he’s a self-described text-messaging addict who released a lengthy tech policy paper last November. McCain admits he doesn’t spend much time with computing devices, saying he relies on his wife’s help with computers. But he’s also a longtime member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, the panel that debates and votes on much of the tech-related legislation that goes through the Senate. He, too, has a tech policy paper that spells out his viewsHere’s a look at the candidates’ stances on five issues of interest to the nation’s IT leaders: telecommunications, national security, privacy, IT jobs and innovation.
www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/152505/where_the_us_presidential_candidates_stand_on_tech_issues.htmlObama gets backing of Google CEO Schmidt
Eric Schmidt, CEO of Silicon Valley heavyweight Google, plans to campaign on behalf of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.On Tuesday, just two weeks before Election Day on November 4, Schmidt will join Sen. Obama at an event in Florida to moderate a panel on the economy, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday. Schmidt has unofficially been advising the Obama campaign on technology and energy matters.
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Barack Obama is building some powerful Silicon Valley support for the home stretch of his presidential campaign. Google CEO Eric Schmidt says he’s officially endorsing Obama and will join him at rallies and events over the coming days. Schmidt had previously served as an informal adviser to the Democratic campaign.

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