Who Will Be Obama’s CTO?

In the dying days of the election that Democratic Senator Barack Obama seems to be winning, comes the news that several people are being considered for the post of Chief Technology Officer of the USA. In the running are:

  • Google’s Vint Cerf who is widely considered to be the “father of the Internet.”
  • Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer who will have to be encouraged not to throw chairs at people who disagree with him.
  • Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos who likely has some great deals for Obama
  • Ed Felten, a prominent professor of computer science and public affairs at Princeton University

Why does Obama want a CTO? Here’s a good reason:

“Obama sees greater broadband penetration as an enormous economic engine, much like the railroads were a century ago,” says Andrew D. Lipman, a veteran communications lawyer in Washington. “That is why the CTO will play such a critical role in any recovery plan.”

That makes sense to me as I think it’s long overdue for governments to have a postion like this. I guess forward thinking like this is the reason why Obama is leading in the polls.

Who would be my pick? If I were Obama, I would have to pick Vint Cerf as I think he has the most to offer. I honestly wouldn’t consider Ballmer because is a great businessman, but I don’t think he has the computer background to help the US in this regard. The other two are good candidates, but I still think Vint Cerf is the best man for the job.

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