Do we need a technology policy?

— 12:27 PM on October 5, 2000

As most of you know, we will be voting for a new president this November. In anticipation of tonight's vice presidential debate and having watched Tuesday's presidential debate, this opinion piece alleges that many of the technological issues facing us today such as antitrust concerns (Microsoft or even Rambus) and Internet privacy and taxation are not even being discussed by the candidates

In general, Americans distrust big government and feel that increased governmental intervention does not bode well for any particular industry. The Sherman Antitrust Act sure seems long in the tooth. The recent plunge of many technology stocks (based on the perceived lack of European demand?) may merit some consideration here. I will throw this out to you guys: do we need a formal technology policy in this country?

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