Tech Initiatives Key to President Obama's Legacy
The dizzying pace at which technology is advancing—and the resulting meteoric rise in the volume of data that's being created—isn't simply changing the day-to-day lives of Americans. It's driving our economy and seemingly determining our nation's future to an unprecedented degree. And no one is making that point more forcefully than President Barack Obama, who understands that charting a visionary technology road map for the nation may ultimately prove to be among his greatest leadership legacies. The next four years are obviously critical to that legacy, and this declaration from the White House Website reflects the administration's tech focus: "Ensuring America has 21st century digital infrastructure—such as high-speed broadband Internet access, fourth-generation (4G) wireless networks, new health care information technology and a modernized electrical grid—is critical to our long-term prosperity and competitiveness." Given that backdrop, here are 10 areas in which the administration has been active during Obama's first term, along with some of the progress that can—or should—be expected between now and 2016.