October 28, 2008
Technology Loses Glitter on Campaign Trail
By David Tong
Technology has taken a back seat to other issues in the presidential campaign.
Early on, Sen. Barack Obama (D., Ill.) and Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) viewed technology as a significant issue with an important bearing on the nation's future.
But it's been eclipsed by events as the country has fallen on hard times and issues such as the economy, health care and energy have taken on more importance for voters....
"I wonder how much the statements from either candidate are still operable," said Yale Braunstein, a professor at the School of Information at the University of California at Berkeley....
Braunstein said McCain may not as a "heavy user of the Internet" and "skilled in taking advantage of social networking" as Obama but he and his staff have done a good job of keeping up with telecom and broadcast cable TV policy.