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.

Tech Initiatives Key to President Obama's Legacy

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Tech Initiatives Key to President Obama's Legacy
 
 
Tony has been writing about technology and business for nearly 20 years and currently freelances from his home in the San Francisco Bay Area. Having spent the dot-com boom and bust years in Silicon Valley, he's had a front-row seat for the evolution of the technologies that have been the foundation of IT-powered business—from the growth of client/server computing, through the birth of the commercial Internet, to the emergence of cloud computing and social media. He has been a regular contributor to CIO Insight and Baseline Magazine since 2007, and he posts frequently on CIO Insight's BizTech 3.0 blog. A 1988 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism, Tony spends his spare time relaxing with his wife, playing with his two sons, tinkering around his home in Albany, Calif., and, when time allows, playing saxophone and traveling. His somewhat infrequent Twitter posts can be found at http://twitter.com/tkontzer.
 
 
 

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