Obama vs Romney: Technology Policies

With the 57th US presidential election almost with us, Information Week has a break down of President Obama and Mitt Romney’s technology policies. From education to cyber-security and immigration, both candidates have clear views on how technology should be used should they be president in December.

Technology in Education

In the key area of STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) education for example, both Obama and Romney want to turn around what they consider to be America’s failing education system. Obama wants 10,000 maths and science teachers over the next decade; Romney has been less specific but has previously made science exams a requirement for high school graduation in Massachusetts.

Online Privacy

Online, Obama is a supporter of the Do Not Track initiative which will prevent advertising companies from invading users’ privacy by tracking them online. Romney wants to speed up a nationwide rollout of broadband Internet access (something Obama wanted to do in 2008) and supports new laws against online gambling and pornography.

Network Neutrality

The candidates differ greatly on network neutrality. Obama believes network neutrality is essential to enabling businesses – particular small businesses – to compete online, while Romney believes the opposite; that a two-tier Internet would help the economy by bringing in revenue for telecommunication companies, which could then be reinvested in infrastructure.

Whoever wins tomorrow, you can be sure that technology will be at the forefront of many of their policies.

Read more about the candidates’ policies. Use the comments below to tell me which candidate’s technology policies you would vote for.

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