George W. Bush on Technology

Privacy is a fundamental right; ensure it on the Internet

Q: On Internet Privacy: Should the federal government step in to safeguard people’s online privacy or can that be done through self-regulation and users’ education?

A: “I believe privacy is a fundamental right, and that every American should have absolute control over his or her personal information. Now, with the advent of the Internet, personal privacy is increasingly at risk. I am committed to protecting personal privacy for every American and I believe the marketplace

Source: Associated Press Oct 6, 2000

Ban identity theft & safeguard genetic information

In Texas, I banned identity theft, safeguarded genetic information, protected driver’s license information and provided for a new Internet Bureau Task Force to combat emerging cyber crimes. As president, I will prohibit genetic discrimination, criminalize identity theft, and guarantee the privacy of medical and sensitive financial records. I will also make it a criminal offense to sell a person’s Social Security number without his or her express consent.
Source: Associated Press Oct 6, 2000

Matches Gore on R&D aid, more visas, no Internet tax

ul>The new wired world brings out few differences between the candidates. Both have done plenty of pandering to the high-tech industry. Both candidates:
  • favor minimal regulation of Internet content, and tax credits for research and development
  • upport pro-business rules for high-tech exports
  • support a bill that would double the number of skilled worker visas.
  • Bush does not share Gore’s push for porn filtering nor for an electronic bill of rights.
    Source: The Economist, “Issues 2000” special Sep 30, 2000

    Fewer strings to obtain technology for schools

    Bush proposed $400 million in new spending over the next five years for the Education Department to research ways that technology can be used to boost student achievement. Bush said that as president he would consolidate the Federal Communications Commission’s School and Libraries program with eight Education Department programs and free schools from the tangle of paperwork that makes it difficult to apply for federal dollars. He also said he would loosen restrictions in the FCC’s so-called E-Rate program, which seeks to wire schools and libraries. Under Bush’s plan, schools also would be able to spend the money to purchase computer hardware and software, and pay for teacher training. Bush said the top concern in his administration would not be how many schools “are wired, but what are children learning.
    Source: Terry M. Neal, Washington Post page A06 Jun 20, 2000

    Internet a tool, not a crutch

    Bush’s $400 million plan would prod schools into using the Internet as a learning tool, not a substitute for real education. “Behind every wire & machine must be a teacher and a student who know how to use that technology to help develop a child’s mind, skills and character,” Bush said Monday. While Bush agrees that Internet access can help close the “achievement gap,” he says merely providing funding and Internet access runs the risk of allowing teachers to use cyberspace as an educational crutch.
    Source: AP story in NY Times Jun 19, 2000

    Tax ban keeps Internet growing & affordable

    I applaud the House of Representatives for extending the moratorium on Internet taxation for five years. This is a reasonable approach that I have consistently supported. This legislation will provide time to analyze the full impact of e-commerce and ensure that the rapid growth of the Internet is not slowed by new taxes. I also support a permanent ban on all Internet access taxes & hope that the House will ban these taxes so that the Internet is more affordable and more accessible for all Americans.
    Source: Press Release May 10, 2000

    Bush would be more friendly toward Microsoft

    The government won the first round of the antitrust case against Microsoft, but with years of legal appeals anticipated, who the new president is could change how the case is resolved. Bush has signaled he would be more friendly to the company.

    A law professor said, “Could the outcome of the election have an impact on the case? Yes. But less because of control over the Justice Dept. and more because of control over the Supreme Court.” Judge Jackson could send the case directly to the Supreme Court.

    Source: Associated Press Apr 9, 2000

    $20B increase in R&D spending; permanent R&D tax credit

    Source: ‘Issues: Policy Points Overview’ Apr 2, 2000

    Census long form is intrusive; not sure he’d fill it out

    George W. Bush said yesterday he was not sure he would fill out the census long form if he were asked to. Bush stopped short of advising people not to fill out their census forms. He said, “If they’re worried about the government intruding into their personal lives, they ought to think about it.” He added, “We want as accurate a count as possible, but I can understand why people don’t want to give over that information to the government. If I have the long form, I’m not so sure I would do it either.”
    Source: D’Vera Cohn, Washington Post, p. A1 Mar 31, 2000

    Technology programs are obsolete before they start

    Q: Should we spend government funds to address the “digital divide?”
    A: Our technology is changing so quickly that government programs are often obsolete as the marketplace changes. And I think about my rural Texas, where we’re going to have two-way satellite technologies, broad-width technologies that will enable us to beam information from big cities to rural Texas and I worry about government funding and government programs that are haphazard and will be obsolete before they’re even funded.
    Source: GOP Debate in Manchester NH Jan 26, 2000

    Internet may or may not help mom & pop - wait & see

    Q: Do you support taxing Internet commerce? A: I support the moratorium on Internet taxation. And I’ll support it for another three to five years, until we know. We’ve had people on this stage say that e-commerce is going to help mom and pop business on the town squares all across America. They may be right. I don’t know and neither do you and so therefore I think it makes sense to extend the moratorium.
    Source: Republican debate in West Columbia, South Carolina Jan 7, 2000

    Extend Internet sales tax ban; but wary of Main St. losses

    Bush and his fellow governors fear that a mass migration of retail commerce to cyberspace could decimate Main Street - and drain state treasuries of sales tax revenue. At first the governor said his next move would depend on the recommendations by the [bipartisan commission which is studying what to do about Internet sales taxes, due in April 2000]. Now he says he wants to extend the ban for “several” years.
    Source: Newsweek, p. 31 Dec 20, 1999

    Census by head count, if possible

    Bush has not come down clearly on either side (sampling vs. traditional head count) “He believes every effort ought to be made to count every person and get it right,” the governor’s spokeswoman said.
    Source: Mark Sherman, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Jun 4, 1999

    V-chip OK, but cultural changes are better

    On questions relating to the influence of popular culture, Bush said he had no problem with Clinton’s initiative to require a V-chip in televisions that parents could use to block objectionable material. He also said the kind of ‘tools’ for parents Clinton has proposed (such as the V-chip and a television rating system) are less important than cultural changes. “The fundamental question is going to be, can America rededicate itself to parenting as the No. 1 priority for all of us?” he argued.
    Source: L.A. Times May 1, 1999

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