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Who Should Be America's First CTO?
Speculation grows as former IAC executive Julius Genachowski is appointed to President Elect Obama's transition team
By: Jeremy Geelan
Nov. 9, 2008 01:50 PM
Eric Schmidt? Bill Joy? Steve Ballmer? Bruce Schneier? Ray Kurzweil? Richard Stallman? Vint Cerf? Mitch Kapor? Tom Perkins?
In his Presidential announcement speech in Springfield, IL, back in 2007, Obama said:
"Let us be the generation that reshapes our economy to compete in the digital age. Let's set high standards for our schools and give them the resources they need to succeed. Let's recruit a new army of teachers, and give them better pay and more support in exchange for more accountability. Let's make college more affordable, and let's invest in scientific research, and let's lay down broadband lines through the heart of inner cities and rural towns all across America.”
Meantime in a document entitled 'CONNECTING AND EMPOWERING ALL AMERICANS THROUGH TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION' (PDF document), his campaign stated:
"Obama will appoint the nation’s first Chief Technology Officer (CTO) to ensure that our government and all its agencies have the right infrastructure, policies and services for the 21 st century. The CTO will ensure the safety of our networks and will lead an interagency effort, working with chief technology and chief information officers of each of the federal agencies, to ensure that they use best-in-class technologies and share best practices.
Other candidates for the nation's CTO position being mooted in the press are: Google's CEO Eric Schmidt (who recently told reporters "I'm actually very busy running Google") or - perhaps less likely - Sun co-founder Bill Joy.
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