Tech issues don't make much of an appearance in US presidential campaign

The 2012 presidential debate has focused more on the US economy, health care and jobs than on tech-specific issues

By , IDG News Service |  IT Management

"We have to retrain American workers so they can flourish in emerging new industries," Whitman wrote. "A decade ago, there was not Facebook or Twitter. We must make sure that today's workforce keeps pace so that it can continue to fuel economic success and entrepreneurial prosperity."

In cybersecurity, the Republican Party platform called on the government and private sector to "work together" to address cyberthreats and to encourage investment and innovation in cybersecurity.

"We acknowledge that the most effective way of combating potential cybersecurity threats is sharing cyberthreat information between the government and industry, as well as protecting the free flow of information within the private sector," the platform said.

The Republican platform also criticized Obama's efforts on net neutrality, spectrum and broadband deployment. Obama has done little to bring broadband to the pockets of the country that still do not have it, Republicans said.

"The current Administration has been frozen in the past," the platform said. "It has conducted no auction of spectrum, has offered no incentives for investment, and, through the FCC's net neutrality rule, is trying to micromanage telecom as if it were a railroad network."

Obama's "lack of progress" on universal broadband deployment hurts the rural U.S., the platform added. "Farmers, ranchers, and small business manufacturers need connectivity to expand their customer base and operate in real time with the world's producers," the platform said.

Grant Gross covers technology and telecom policy in the U.S. government for The IDG News Service. Follow Grant on Twitter at GrantGross. Grant's e-mail address is grant_gross@idg.com.

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