Marco Rubio on Technology
Our people have not changed. The vast majority of the American people are hard-working taxpayers who go to work every day; who volunteer in their communities. What's changed is the world around us.
Just think how much the world has changed in the last ten years. The global economy is real--we don't live in the national economy anymore. Everything you buy- everything you touch--it's all impacted by things that are happening halfway around the world. The information age is real. It's changed the world and it's made out life easier, but it's also changed our economy. You go into a grocery store today and you'll find machines doing the job that people once did. You find today at many businesses that 1 person, because of automation, can do the work that 5 people used to do. It's the world around us that has changed. And this has had an impact on our people
His advisors boasted that he was the 1st US Senate candidate to pass 100,000 "likes" on Facebook. His staff uploaded his speeches to YouTube. The Twitter community can often sniff out someone who is paying a flunky to write their tweets, but Rubio fired out photographs of family that could only have come from him. The digital investments during his campaign were 100% transferable to his new role as a US senator. Rubio's tweets lived on the Internet, and his followers stayed connected to him and multiplied. In 2012 he counted more than 70,000 followers on Twitter.
It was too much for Rubio. The senator, smartly, took the Internet to announce that he was pulling his support for PIPA. He made his announcement on his Facebook page. What could have been a political disaster turned into a political coup.
A: I believe that research and development results in innovations that help drive America's economic edge. However, we must continue to invest and improve our education system, space exploration and other programs to ensure our continued success.
Florida will design an e-budget website that will display a detailed, issue-level budget and allow the publi to comment on the budget. This budget will be restructured from an input-based methodology appropriating money for employees, salaries, travel ,furniture, and contracts, to a results-based approach.
The new e-budget will allow residents to view the funding of the budget's service or program areas by category. Viewers will see the budget at various levels of complexity; departmental, program, service, and issue. The budget will be far more transparent and understandable.
Problem: Funding is inadequate to build and maintain a transportation system that meets Florida's expanding needs.
Solution: Government should collaborate with the private sector to fund, build, and maintain needed transportation improvements.
Currently, the private sector services in such areas as road and bridge construction, engineering design, construction inspection, roadway maintenance, and toll collection. Public-private partnerships (PPPs) are comprehensive services that include design-build-finance-operate-maintain schemes, with the private sector receiving "payment" through tolls collected on a road or bridge, a direct payment from the "owner," or a combination of the two.
Florida should base the felony level of identity theft crimes on the class of victim, as well as the monetary damage incurred. In Florida, any person convicted of an identity theft crime affecting a person 65 years or older will face enhanced penalties.
Current Florida law permits conviction for possession of another's identification information only of the state can prove intent to USE the information. We should eliminate the "use" requirement.
To enhance child safety, Florida will require social networking sites to set up verification systems to require parental notification and consent for minors to use these sites. The consent form should detail what data is collected from users, the disclosure practices of the site operator, and what limits, of any, parents can place on their children's use of the site. Civil penalties will be enforced against anyone that falsifies or otherwise allows a minor access to the site without the proper parental notification and consent.
Congressional Summary:Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act, or the PROTECT IP Act, or PIPA (in the House, Stop Online Piracy Act or SOPA) :
OnTheIssues Notes: SOPA and PIPA, proponents claim, would better protect electronic copyright ("IP", or Intellectual Property). Opponents argue that SOPA and PIPA would censor the Internet. Internet users and entrepreneurs oppose the two bills; google.com and wikipedia.com held a "blackout" on Jan. 18, 2012 in protest. An alternative bill, the OPEN Act was proposed on Jan. 18 to protect intellectual property without censorship; internet businesses prefer the OPEN Act while the music and movie industries prefer SOPA and PIPA.
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