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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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By soxfan on 1/11/2010 7:30:57 AM , Rating: 1
Just because one sector may not like a particular action that an administration takes does not mean that administration is "stifling innovation." That kind of overstatement is just plain bullshit.

Indeed, just this past December the Obama administration expedited a progam at the USPTO to accelerate the examination of patent applications drawn to certain types of technology. See

Here is an except from the article:

"The Obama administration has been a strong advocate of the position that patenting of new green technologies will encourage more innovation in this area and create US jobs in the process. “American competitiveness depends on innovation and innovation depends on creative Americans developing new technology,” Locke said. He was echoed in the official government press release by Carl Horton of the General Electric Company, a frequently heard advocate of the same position."

RE: Bullsh!t
By soxfan on 1/12/2010 4:31:30 PM , Rating: 2
Wow. I got downgraded for providing positive evidence that the Obama admin is not stifling innovation (at least not universally), and my post is immediately downgraded to a 1. Sorry for responding to the story with facts, rather than political rhetoric (aka, drivel).

RE: Bullsh!t
By SandmanWN on 1/12/2010 5:29:45 PM , Rating: 2
you were immediately down rated for being a potty mouth by an automated system. why are you so concerned over your rating anyway?

RE: Bullsh!t
By SandmanWN on 1/12/2010 5:32:58 PM , Rating: 3
anyway, the patent system is broken, expediting patents without fixing the system first is like punching yourself in the face after you've been beat up in a boxing match... what possible good could it do?

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