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Aneesh Chopra  (Source: AFP)
CEA President Gary Shapiro says the government is silencing innovation

The Obama administration has already had a profound impact on technology.  From charging Intel with antitrust violations to taking majority ownership of GM and Chrysler, the administration's actions have profoundly affected the tech landscape.  And as new decisions, such as the proposed ACTA treaty and Copenhagen climate promises loom, the Obama administration is a hot topic at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show.

Obama's Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra was in Las Vegas yesterday, but received a rather icy welcome from Consumer Electronics Association President Gary Shapiro, who admonished the Obama administration's approach on many topics.

He offered mild criticism of the bailout of the financial and auto sectors, which he called "panic spending".  And he stated, "When it comes to innovation, there's a lot the government can do, and there's a lot they should not do.  The government doesn't spur innovation or entrepreneurship. The government often gets in the way."

Mr. Shapiro complains that the Obama administration isn't doing enough to make sure that the U.S.'s trade policy allows our goods to compete with cheaper goods elsewhere.  He also complains that they are dragging their feet about implementing measures to allow the faster transfer of tech savvy workers from nations like China and India.

An apologetic Chopra commented, "We have to eat our own dogfood.  Gary is right about the federal deficit. We are in an economic crisis but we are going to tackle it. We have to get it right."

Mr. Chopra is a graduate of John Hopkins and worked in government and as the managing director at a health think tank before taking on the role of government CTO.  The tech industry's leadership has thus far been rather mixed in their opinions on his leadership and that of the Obama administration.


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RE: XP
By Reclaimer77 on 1/8/2010 1:38:49 PM , Rating: 2
Our President doesn't have experience. Why would those he appoints need to have any ? lol


RE: XP
By DigitalFreak on 1/8/10, Rating: -1
RE: XP
By DEVGRU on 1/11/2010 12:15:38 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Our President doesn't have experience. Why would those he appoints need to have any? lol


I don't understand why this was rated down, its the truth. Obama has zero leadership experience of any kind, other than "leading" the special interest groups like the housing commission that screws it tenants in Chicago.

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The only XP you have is jerking off to pictures of your grandma in your parents' basement.


And this is what the average intelligent response to facts regarding the Obama administration is from Obama supporters, and people wonder why this country is spiraling down the drain.

You wanted 'change' America, you got it. :P


RE: XP
By MrPoletski on 1/13/2010 6:59:09 AM , Rating: 2
Remember that your alternative ticket had the name 'Palin' on it.

"Obama has zero leadership experience of any kind"

Does being a senator qualify as leadership experience or not? because if it doesn't, then how the hell was Mccain a more experienced leader? because he got shot down in the Vietnam war?

You often don't get the intelligent responses you think you deserve because of the unintelligent assertions you make in your posts, my friend.

I'm sure if I asked you why the USA is 'spiralling down the drain' I'd get a very similar bunch of fuzzy Fox fuelled logic from you and Mr Reclaimer77 too.


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