PC Magazine last week took a look at the records of the two Vice Presidential candidates, Sen. Joseph Biden and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, on technology. How much expertise do they have and what do they support?
Biden, says the PC Magazine article, “has positioned himself as an advocate for children’s Internet safety and combating Web predators, while also drawing fire for some controversial stances on piracy and copyright issues.” Palin, says the story, “has been at the helm of a state not exactly ripe with technology issues. As governor, and not a member of the legislature, her experience appears to be limited to evaluating tech-related projects included in the state budget, and vetoing or approving tech-related bills. She has signed a few tech measures into law, but her most notable contribution might be the numerous vetoes this year for school technology projects.”
Projects rejected by Palin included:
— $300,000 for the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program, a program designed to increase the number of indigenous Americans who pursue careers in science, technology, engeineering and math.
— a $25,000 food bank computer upgrade and refridgeration improvement and $30,000 for EMS technology equipment in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.
— of the 360 state budget items Palin vetoed, at least 43 were e-learning initiatives. She opted to cut about $2.2 million in funding at schools for things like LCD projectors, security system upgrades, educational software, software licenses, laptops for teachers, equipment upgrades, computer labs, and smart boards.
— the governor also rejected wireless access projects in five school districts, ranging in price from $10,000 to $32,000.
— Palin cut funding from $5 million to $2.5 million for the Alaska Consortium for Digital Learning, which had planned to use the money for phase two of a student laptop program.
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