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Obama v. McCain: New Tech Policy Scorecards

Twice before this year, I've devoted a blog post--once during the primary season and once two months ago--to the technology-policy positions of the leading presidential candidates. With one day left to go, I'm revisiting this topic yet again, in case some of you out there happen to be some of the remaining undecided voters.

Why bother? A candidate's stances on issues such as net neutrality, patent and copyright reform and broadband access shouldn't determine your vote, but you shouldn't ignore them either. As we've seen over the last eight years, laws and regulations can constrict, increase or outright eliminate your choice of hardware, software and services. They can also have a dramatic effect on your privacy online and off.

Since my last post on the subject, I've come across two interesting comparisons of the tech-policy views of Sens.Barack Obama and John McCain. released a scorecard last month that graded the candidates on broadband deployment, H1-B visas, environmental technology, net neutrality and wireless-spectrum reform. CNet, meanwhile, put together a voter's guide that scores the presidential candidates--along with current representative and senators--based on their votes for or against such laws as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the Real ID Act. (Wired's comparison favored Obama, but CNet's ratings put McCain ahead.)

I've also seen a couple of endorsements by individual tech figures: Linux developer Linus Torvalds wrote that he'd vote for Obama if he could, and tech-books publisher and pundit Tim O'Reilly posted a lengthy testimonial on behalf of Obama. Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt has endorsed Obama, as you may have seen in last week's 30 minute infomercial. I looked for recent endorsements of McCain by tech-industry notables but didn't find any; you can help me out by pointing to them in the comments.

By Rob Pegoraro  |  November 3, 2008; 12:41 PM ET
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