Friday May 25, 2018

Tech Predictions for President Obama’s Second Term

Official photographic portrait of US President...

Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Barack Obama has again been elected President by the American people. During his second term, he is under a lot of pressure in terms of the technology sector. According to ReadWrite, President Obama stressed the importance of technology during his speech early this morning, saying that the U.S. should be, “A country that lives up to its legacy as the global leader in technology and discovery and innovation. With all the new jobs and new businesses that follow.”

ReadWrite compiled a list of what to expect from President Obama on top technology issues moving forward and here are some of the highlights:

  • Broadband: During his first term, President Obama promised to “get true broadband to every community in America through a combination of reform of the Universal Service Fund, better use of the nation’s wireless spectrum, promotion of next-generation facilities, technologies and applications, and new tax and loan incentives” under the National Broadband Plan. Currently, anywhere from 90-95% of U.S. communities now have access to broadband-speed Internet access. About 87% of the National Broadband Plan own has been completed to date. It’s expected that President Obama will continue moving forward with this plan.
  • SOPA: The Obama administration is also known for opposing SOPA, a bi-partisan bill that, if passed, would give a lot of power to copyright holders and media companies in blocking the distribution of copy written materials, without due process. The Obama administration, responding to an online petition against the bill, noted that it wouldn’t sign any legislation into law that would support censorship or potentially harm business. But the administration still stand by the view that intellectual property theft is a serious danger to the U.S. economy and should be stopped. Therefore, it is not unreasonable to guess that there might be a compromise “SOPA-like legislation” signed into law.
  • Net Neutrality: Obama is a verified supporter of net neutrality, a big issue for telecommunications companies that would rather not have the FCC regulate how they handle traffic and charge for it. Obama has been a net neutrality backer since the beginning, and will most likely continue supporting this policy, even though Verizon has sued the government to overturn the FCC’s net neutrality laws.
  • Cyber Security: The Obama Administration has been somewhat active in boosting the nation’s response to cyber attacks. Recent signals from Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta have hinted that the Pentagon is about to unveil new rules about cyber security, which may include a more offensive view. It is very probable that similar cyber security efforts will continue during Obama’s second term.