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Vint Cerf Short Listed as Obama's Chief Technology Officer, Say Washington Insiders

The proposed Technology Plan of U.S presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama includes a section titled "Bring Government into the 21st Century" which aims at using technology to reform U.S. government and enhancing the exchange of information between the federal government and citizens while ensuring the security of the nation's networks.

As part of this objective, the Technology Plan also includes the appointment of the country's first Chief Technology Officer (CTO) whose mandate will be to ensure the safety of the networks, use of best-in-class technologies, and to oversee a job-creating national broadband buildout.

Tom Lowry of BusinessWeek reports: "Among the candidates who would be considered for the job, say Washington insiders, are Vint Cerf, Google's (GOOG) "chief internet evangelist," who is often cited as one of the fathers of the Internet; Microsoft (MSFT) chief executive officer Steve Ballmer; Amazon (AMZN) CEO Jeffrey Bezos; and Ed Felten, a prominent professor of computer science and public affairs at Princeton University"

Read full story: BusinessWeek

Related topics: Access Providers, Broadband, Net Neutrality, Policy & Regulation, Security, Telecom

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Doesn't sound realistic Veni Markovski  –  Oct 21, 2008 12:19 PM PST

Whoever has given the information to Tom Lowry, must have been joking.

Vint Cerf - YES Howard Hoffman  –  Oct 21, 2008 5:46 PM PST

Vint would be an outstanding choice.

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