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Stacking Up Biden and Palin on Tech

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By Allan Holmes October 2, 2008

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Political experts don't expect tonight's debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin to hit on a lot of technology too much. But that didn’t stop PC Magazine from breaking down their respective technology record and positions. The magazine gives the techno nod to Biden, but that's because "with 30 years of experience in the Senate, Biden has obviously had the opportunity to touch on more technology issues than Palin." That would include working on children's Internet safety, combating Web predators, and piracy and copyright issues.

For Palin, the magazine reports "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 laws that feature some tech, "but her most notable contribution might be the numerous vetoes this year for school technology projects."

The analysis on Palin is almost 180 degrees different from what the federal research firm INPUT found when analysts there looked into Palin's technology record. But then again, INPUT looked through the government operations prism when it considered technology and PC Magazine analyzed technology policy.

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