What Do the Candidates Say About Tech?

PC magazine examines positions on access, neutrality, privacy
By Laila Weir,  Newser User
Posted Feb 4, 2008 12:36 PM CST
Democratic presidential hopefuls Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., right, and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., embrace at the conclusion of a Democratic presidential debate in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – We may know where they stand on Iraq, but what about technology? Among presidential candidates, the Democrats generally have discussed broadband access, Net neutrality, privacy/security, and innovation more than the Republicans, and both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have clear positions on all four. Among Republicans, John McCain and Ron Paul have addressed more issues than either Mitt Romney or Mike Huckabee.

Clinton, Obama, McCain and Huckabee support increasing broadband access, while Paul feels that’s outside the feds’ realm. Only Clinton and Obama have clear stands on Net neutrality—both support it. Clinton, Paul, Obama and McCain all oppose warrant-less government surveillance and most promote consumer protections, while Romney is mostly concerned about protecting children online. Clinton, Obama, Romney and McCain all support innovation investment—to varying degrees.