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Tech guru Genachowski named to Obama transition team

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The Washington Post is reporting that Julius Genachowski, a former executive of Barry Diller’s IAC/InterActiveCorp, has been named to the Obama transition team.

Genachowski worked at the Federal Communications Commission as chief counsel to former Chairman Reed Hundt. He has also been advising Obama’s campaign on tech policy issues and chaired a group of advisors on the president-elect’s Tech & Innovation Plan.

Here is his blog post on the Obama campaign Web site.

I recently heard this summary of the core principles of the Obama Technology & Innovation Plan:

Open Government. Open Networks. Open Markets.

The plan is the most comprehensive and detailed tech & innovation plan put forward by any candidate. But also bold, and simple at its core. I liked the sharp summary and wanted to share it.

I was fortunate to chair the group that advised Senator Obama and the campaign on the tech & innovation plan – a large and hardworking group that generated terrific ideas, rooted in the great work that the Senator and his strong Senate staff have been doing in this area for quite some time.

The response to the plan has been great. One independent comment that stands out: “If even half of the proposals outlined here were to be implemented, it would fundamentally change the nature of our democracy for the better”. That’s why Barack Obama is running for President – fundamentally changing the country and the world for the better. A lot will have to happen on many fronts for that to occur, and Senator Obama has been addressing all the topics in compelling ways. He is a 21st century candidate who recognizes that technology will be a key part of the solution to better government, and a key part of the solution to so many of the specific issues that concern Americans: health care, energy, education, as well as job creation and economic growth.

Send copies of the plan to people you know, especially people interested in technology and innovation. Or better, send them to BarackObama.com where they can read the plan and also participate in the discussion on the site. The Senator wants the feedback – and (not a small thing) is using technology to generate the best thinking and best ideas to make the country a better place.

More from the WP post:

With a relationship with Obama that goes back to their days at Harvard Law School, Genachowski helped push technology issues to a more prominent spot in the campaign, according to analysts and high-tech lobbyists.

Among those issues are laws that would prevent telecommunications carriers from slowing, blocking, or placing other controls on Internet content over their networks.

Obama has said he would also focus on protecting online privacy of users and improve access to broadband Internet services by increasing speed standards for broadband and freeing up more government spectrum for public use.

Read more from the WP here.

Written by cdorobek

November 6, 2008 at 8:59 AM

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  1. […] friend of Obama’s from the Harvard days, Julius Genachowski, has been named to Obama’s transition team, no doubt handling tech issues as he did during the campaign. Genachowski is a big supporter of net […]

  2. […] outside the Cabinet, another good sign is the recent appointment as technology adviser of tech guru Julius Genachowski, a big advocate of net neutrality and online […]

  3. […] list has some more likely names — Julius Genachowski makes their list. As the DorobekInsider told you, he part of the Obama transition leadership and is one of Obama’s former colleagues from the […]


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