President-elect Barack Obama has an ambitious and comprehensive national agenda that seeks to put into effect many initiatives and changes. To assist him in implementing this vision, he is recruiting top leaders to his transition team, which will prepare his plans and flesh out his plans, and ready them for proposal to the new House and Senate.
Top on Obama's agenda are many technology-related efforts. President-elect Obama is no stranger to technology and has said that he wants more expansive protection of users rights to online privacy, a stance which surely runs counter to the RIAA, MPAA, and other groups' aggressive litigation efforts. Also on the list are plans to free up unused government spectrum for public use. Obama during his presidential campaign referred several times to the White Space, a section of the spectrum which Google and Microsoft have been lobbying for the government to free up.
Finally, Obama wants to fight bandwidth caps and mandate faster internet from internet service providers. He is concerned of what he sees as a trend among companies like AT&T and Time Warner to give the customer less for more.
Among those whom Obama has recruited for his team are Google.org's Sonal Shah and Julius Genchowski, a former IAC executive. Both individuals bring with them diverse and varied backgrounds to the table.
Sonal Shah is a part of Google's global development team. She also served as a Vice President at Goldman, Sachs and Co. in the environmental protection department. She is the founder of Indicorps, a U.S.-based non-profit organization offering one-year fellowships for Americans of Indian origin to work on specific development projects in India. She's an expert on a diverse range of tech topics and an expert in global trade and the internet.
She also has government experience, serving in the Department of Treasury in a variety of roles, working in Europe, Africa, and Asia.
Julius Genachowski, an executive with Barry Diller's IAC/InterActiveCorp, likewise has government experience. He worked with the Federal Communications Commission as chief counsel to former Democratic Chairman Reed Hundt. He has been advising Obama on tech issues as is chairing the President-elect's Tech & Innovation Plan.
The pair first met in Harvard Law School, and he has helped sway Obama into making tech a focus of the campaign. Mr. Genachowski is pushing for laws that would ban ISPs from slowing, blocking, or placing other controls on internet content over their networks, a plan tentatively approved by President-elect Obama. The proposal has drawn harsh criticism from ISPs who argue that place limits on what their customers receive is critical to their business.
Rick Whitt, Google's Washington telecom and media counsel, says Mr. Genachowski is the perfect advocate with the technical know-how and desire to represent the average American, and the perfect leader for Obama's team. Mr Whitt states, "Julius is a true believer in the power of technology to change lives and I think that bodes well for the Obama administration that someone like him is part of the transition team."
Both advisers eschew the traditional lobbyist background that many of the advisers from the past several administrations had hailed from. Supporters say that this is a sign that Obama-administration really is about change, including in the tech industry. With his party in firm control of the new House and Senate, barring a conservative filibuster, it looks like he may be able to pass through some impressive legislation which will protect citizens' rights on the internet.
quote: The VP only has power when the President is an idiot...There is only one case I can think of where idiot was the case
quote: If I forget to feed the dog and go on vacation, and my roommate is staying home and forgets to feed the dog for two weeks, then when the dog dies, I'd say the roommate is more to blame.
quote: Actually, if it's your dog, then you are entirely at fault.
quote: Right, because it's the president and not the private, for-profit Federal Reserve that sets interest rates...
quote: by Hlafordlaes on November 7, 2008 at 4:26 AMCarter wasn't perfect, but he didn't trade arms with the enemy (Iran) as did the next administration.
quote: Well, legally we should deport anyone who is illegal. It isn't that hard to become a citizen or even get a work visa.
quote: it is a crime to come to our country without going through the proper channels.
quote: It isn't that hard to become a citizen or even get a work visa.
quote: But why set it up so that only the most privileged people can move to the US?
quote: The lack of thinking was more criminal than the spelling. I don't place as much importance on spelling. The absence of clear thinking is A REAL worry!
quote: 100% true.
quote: NASA is one of the few government funded groups that actually works
quote: Well, clearly the government has to do something, otherwise they don't need to exist.
quote: There can't be a monopoly due to anti-trust law, so thats a moot point. In markets you see a small number of oligopoly's, you still see fierce competition. For example, air carriers are so fierce they nearly compete themselves in to oblivion. Car manufactures compete fiercely; I don't exactly see Toyota giving any mercy to GM, Ford or Chrysler. Retailers can also compete heavily on price, especially times like these; Walmart is so successful because of its efficient supply chain. As for bailouts.. the banking system is one of the most heavily regulated globally already, and the hand of government is all over the house price bubble that sparked this off. If you're referring to The Big Three's bailout bid, if we had allowed them to fall decades ago, or smashed their unions, we wouldn't have this problem now. Corporations are the economy, but I'm not sure you understand what an economy even is composed of. Large companies play a role; not so much job creation, but they generally take existing technologies, apply huge economies of scale, compete heavily with surviving competitors and provide low costs to society. Small business' role is to create the next generation of products and grow up to be a big corp themselves; small business provides the job growth in the US. Capitalism isn't perfect, but unlike Marxism it is the best system we have yet created. Thanks for proving why economics should be taught more widely in school, though. Companies suck the life out of economies.. Did you even see the circular flow diagram in high school econ or college intro to econ? Companies are one half the circle, just as crucial (but no more so) than the other half, the household(the government sits in the middle, leeching resources from both). I swear, the communist Chinese are better capitalists these days than the average Westerner.
quote: ...you answered your own question.
quote: They effectively render new services such as HD video streaming (Netflix, Apple TV) useless.
quote: elimination of bandwidth caps will cost ISPs money
quote: If one of the companies -- say Comcast, Time Warner, or AT&T -- refuses to offer their uncapped internet at a reasonable price, somebody else will and will put them out of business. That's the great thing about living in a free economy.
quote: I don't see how privacy legislation will cost the taxpayer any money
quote: we could of built new schools in every state.
quote: Improving education for all and making the general population more intelligent and more capable of creative, independent, critical thought will improve things for everyone. 'A rising tide raises all ships.'
quote: Tell me Fit, why are you now playing the politics of envy? Shouldn't you show some empathy and try to right the injustice of the situation instead of saying we had it hard so you can too?
quote: I don't see an injustice. Please explain to me what it is. The problem with you liberal idiots is that you, not conservatives, are the racists. You see the black man still as a victim to the system. You see the poor as victims. I see people with potential. Whether or not they choose to use that potential is up to them. Are all schools as good as mine? No. But anyone can learn if they put their mind to it. The problem with schools today is in the parenting. Parents are lazy. They think the school is supposed to do everything for them (yet get mad when the school tries to discipline their kid...). And many don't drive their kids to have it better than them as mine did.
quote: The current system of funding schools with local property taxes causes the children of poor people to receive poor educations, continuing the poverty cycle and damaging our long-term competetiveness.
quote: Typical liberal tripe.
quote: No matter where the money comes from
quote: Why does America owe you health care?
quote: I wonder why the guy digging ditches for a living has poor health care? Oh that's right, he has a job anyone with a shovel can do.
quote: This is one thing that is perfectly true, ANYONE can make it in this country if they try hard, but they really have to do it. That means no matter how much you fail, you keep trying. Most just give up at the first sign of failure.
quote: For some reason everyone forgets we are animals and survival of the fittest is still very real. Not everyone can succeed, that is just how it is. This is coming from a guy that is actually a supporter of REAL communism, one where you don't let the slackers take advantage and everyone contributes or leaves. But, I live in America and if done correctly, I know this country would do just fine with capitalism.
quote: Then don't live here.
quote: Society doesn't mean we give everyone hand outs from government, it means you help our your neighbor, or you donate time or money to people in need if you have the means and desire to.
quote: Class mobility doesn't exist because people give up to easily.
quote: They will just yell I'm being oppressed by the rich.
quote: The best indicator of what class you will be is your parents.
quote: And by the way, the class that needs health care the most aren't just the low or underclass, it is lower middle and some of the middle class.
quote: Farm subsidies count as being given crap now huh?
quote: This is the American dream my friend, this is working hard for what you get, but eventually getting there. There were no social programs for my family, we never got a dime from the government. I don't care how poor you are, or how unfair you think it is, complaining fixes nothing, working for something does.