Tech 4 President?

Cornfields in the rearview mirror.  Time to park the personalities – and focus on the key issues.

Innovation ignites America’s economy. Let’s face it, China’s not trying to steal our Constitution.  Europe doesn’t covet our right to bear arms.  Isn’t Putin trying to make Russia great again?

Think Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google, Intel, Microsoft, and Oracle.  These tech titans define this nation’s competitive advantage.  Tech provides the juice that powers our economy, which feeds our tax base, which pays for healthcare and muscles up our military.  It’s that excitement that makes people want to come to live here.

But, if tech increases the divide between the haves and have nots – distancing the one percent – those displaced citizens will attack progress at the ballot box.  What will taxi drivers do when cars drive themselves?  Consider the top 62 folks in the world own as much wealth as the poorest half of the global population.  If tech continues to amplify the divide, we have big problems.

And, tech has utopian and dystopian personalities.  Without regulation, industry will run amok.  But, with too much government control, it’s 1984. Balance is everything.

What have we heard from the candidates on tech policy?  Crickets …

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So, if the candidates don’t seem to have a tech agenda – how about we give them one?  That’s exactly why a group of former Federal CIOs, IT execs, and some of my MeriTalk colleagues have spent the last year hard at work.  Known as the Tech Iconoclasts, this group and its policy platform aim to shake things up.  No 25-points to fix government IT.  And, it’s much more ambitious than government IT – the Iconoclasts provide five big tech policy recommendations for America.

If you want to know more, join the Tech Iconoclasts for breakfast at the National Press Club in D.C. on February 11th for the launch.  Register for the breakfast here.

As you drive to New Hampshire, Cruz, Trump, Hillary, and Bernie – we’re talking to you.

Steve O'Keeffe
About Steve O'Keeffe
Steve O'Keeffe is the founder of MeriTalk, the government IT network. MeriTalk is an online community that hosts professional networking, thought leadership, and focused events to drive the government IT dialogue. A 20-year veteran of the government IT community, O'Keeffe has worked in government and industry. In addition to MeriTalk, he founded Mobile Work Exchange, GovMark Council, and O’Keeffe & Company.