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Obama names relative unknown as U.S. CTO

4/20/2009 06:00 AM EDT
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Abhiatind   4/22/2009 4:21:48 PM
This article and several others I have read on this topic tend to make the argument on how a CTO for USA should be sympathetic to the tech industry and how their profile measures up against this premise. I would say the idea behind CTO is (this purely speculation on my end) how they will apply technology in achieving the US governments objectives. The CTO's need not be articulate on the semiconductor or the software industry's needs like for patent reform or permanent R&D credit in order to apply technology in a effective manner for, say, better national security structure or health system based on cutting edge technology. Its like, I think, if Walmart gets CTO then they would only focus on how to improve Walmart's operation using technology and not become a savior for the tech industry in general.

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rick merritt   4/22/2009 12:54:37 AM
Yes, apparently Obama is taking an inward-looking view of how gov't uses technology (i.e. computers and nets), a 1990s idea. Nice but better methinks if the focus included an outward-looking view on how gov't can promote a climate that fosters innovation in its IP, R&D, immigration and tax policies...and get someone who has passed through Silicon Valley to do it!

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KS67   4/21/2009 2:28:17 AM
The government hires a CTO with IT background? Is the charter to deploy technology to improve government productivity? Or is the charter to define strategies to invest in new technologies to drive American high technology business? The first is the domain of government and necessary, but is the government ready to improve productivity & redeploy workers (e.g. make redunancies) as functions are re-engineered. The second is not the domain of government (e.g. industrial policy) and will be writ with failure; here, the government is better fostering an investment climate & knowledge workforce (education & visas) that allows private enterprise to create compelling & profitable solutions to societal problems...

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