How Tuesday's election will impact tech

Candidates have said little about IT, but records speak volumes

During this long, long presidential campaign season, which mercifully ends Tuesday (please, Lord, keep the Supreme Court out of it this time), technology policy has maintained a pretty low profile. Neither President Barack Obama nor GOP challenger Mitt Romney has said much about tech in the last year, but the subject will likely rise to the fore next year regardless of who wins the election, reports Grant Gross of IDG News Service.

Lobbyists point out that many of the issues consuming the presidential campaigns relate indirectly to tech. Debates over the economy, education and trade have often touched on technology. Issues involving cloud computing and spectrum are likely to join cybersecurity and copyright protection on the Capitol Hill agenda next year, they say.

If Obama wins a second term, he is likely to pursue many of the tech-related policies he has advocated over the past four years, according to The Information, Technology and Innovation Foundation. He has supported new cybersecurity requirements for critical infrastructure operators, and he opposed a controversial copyright bill. His administration has advocated privacy codes of conduct for Internet and mobile firms, and has worked hard to enforce antitrust regulations.

If Romney wins, there will likely be less focus on regulation, ITIF predicts. In the realm of cybersecurity, Romney's party has pursued a collaborative effort between the private and public sectors. 

For more:
- see Grant Gross's article at Computerworld

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