Wired has done the legwork in getting a debate together on technology policy between the McCain and Obama camps. McCain’s senior domestic policy adviser Douglas Holtz-Eakin will be going up against former FCC chair Reed Hundt.
It was apparently very difficult to find a leading technology expert that supports McCain’s technology policies, or lack thereof. You see, McCain doesn’t have much of a technology platform. According to Kevin Werbach,
“…McCain sees no need for the President to address issues like Internet
openness, …online privacy, and transparent government. On technology, the
contrast between the two candidates isn’t a disagreement over policies; it’s a
disagreement over whether to have policies.”
McCain has indicated he feels strongly that entrepreneurs are the great drivers of innovation and growth. But almost none seem to support him. The majority of tech industry supporters of McCain are apparently only managers.
The list of leading tech entrepreneurs who support McCain:
- Michael Dell, founder of Dell Computers
- Marc Benioff, founder of SalesForce.com
(although he has donated money to Obama’s campaign as well and not made an official statement supporting either)
The list of leading tech entrepreneurs who support Obama:
- Stuart Benjamin, Professor of Law, Duke University
- Robert Blackwell, Founder and CEO, Electronic Knowledge Interchange Consulting
- Joseph Farrell, Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley;
- Chief Economist, Federal Communications Commission (1996-97);
- Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economics (chief economist), Antitrust Division, U.S.
- Department of Justice (2000-02)
- Lloyd Frink, President and Co-Founder, Zillow
- Julius Genachowski, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Rock Creek Ventures;
- former Chief of Business Operations & General Counsel, IAC/InterActiveCorp;
- former Chief Counsel to FCC Chairman Reed Hundt
- Don Gips, Executive Vice President, Corporate Development, Level 3 Communications;
- former Chief Domestic Policy Advisor to Vice President Gore
- Rob Glaser, Founder and CEO, Real Networks
- Mark Gorenberg, Managing Director, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners
- Nick Hanauer, Partner, Second Avenue Partners; Founder, aQuantive
- Adam Hanft, Founder and CEO, Hanft Unlimited
- Reed Hundt, Former Chairman, Federal Communications Commission (1993-97)
- Mitch Kapor, President, Kapor Enterprises; Founder, Lotus Development Corp.
- Jed Katz, Managing Director, DFJ Gotham Ventures
- Michael Katz, Professor, NYU and UC Berkeley; former Chief Economist, FCC;
- former Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economics (chief economist), Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice
- William Kennard, Former Chairman, Federal Communications Commission (1997-2001)
- Deborah Lathen, President, Lathen Consulting; former Chief, Cable Bureau, FCC
- Steve Lerner, Managing Partner, Blue Hill Group
- Lawrence Lessig, Professor of Law, Stanford University
- Blair Levin, Managing Director, Stifel Nicholas; former Chief of Staff, FCC
- Andrew McLaughlin, Director, Global Public Policy and Government Affairs, Google
- Ted Meisel, Elevation Partners
- Jon Miller, Former Chairman and CEO, American Online, Inc.
- Glenn Neland, Retired Senior Vice President, Dell
- Robert Nelsen, Managing Director and Co-Founder, ARCH Venture Partners
- Craig Newmark, Founder, Craigslist
- Beth Noveck, Professor of Law, New York Law School
- Chamath Palihapitiya, Executive Vice President, Product and Operations, Facebook
- Deven Parekh, Partner, Insight Venture Partners
- Sunil Paul, Founding Partner, Spring Ventures; Co-Founder, Brightmail
- John Place, Retired General Counsel, Yahoo!, Inc.
- Jeff Pulver, Founder, pulver.com
- Arti Rai, Professor of Law, Duke University
- John Roos, CEO, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
- Alec Ross, Senior Vice President, One Economy
- Kim Scott, AdSense Director of Online Sales and Operations, Google
- Carl Shapiro, Professor of Business Strategy, UC Berkeley; Deputy Assistant
- Attorney General for Economics (chief economist), Antitrust Division, U.S.
- Department of Justice (1995-96)
- Howard Shelanski, Professor of Law, UC Berkeley; former Chief Economist, FCC
- Steven Spinner, Executive, Danoo
- Phil Weiser, Professor of Law and Telecommunications, University of Colorado
- Kevin Werbach, Asst. Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
- Tom Wheeler, Managing Director, Core Capital Partners
- Tim Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia University
- Ed Zander, CEO, Motorola
…and Obama’s list of supporters is almost a year old.