Obama sets technology agenda; a high student focus

Summary:"Welcome, and thank you for choosing Barack Obama as your new president. Please take a minute to familiarise yourself with your new president, as this one is a newer, smarter and better looking president than previous versions.

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"Welcome, and thank you for choosing Barack Obama as your new president. Please take a minute to familiarise yourself with your new president, as this one is a newer, smarter and better looking president than previous versions. Although this is a new president, some features have not been tested yet. However, policy settings can be changed, if you select "Referendum" from the main menu. Again, thank you for your selection, and we hope you enjoy your new president."

That's right America, you made the right choice. I've been keeping ahead of all the latest going's on across the pond, as whilst I can't vote, whatever happened during the elections has a huge impact our lives in this little island in western Europe. I don't know a huge amount about American politics, nor will I pretend I understand your constitution; it's a new concept for me, as we have one - it's just not written down, so our legal and political system can flex a wee bit.

You'll be well aware, that this is the first time the Internet has been widely used in the way it has, to spur on an election campaign. Considering it was partly the Internet that got both Obama and Biden elected, it's nice to see they're giving something back to it.

Next generation broadband is something the US can look forward to. We at the moment use ADSL in the UK; it allows traffic both ways down the same pipe, and we can get speeds of up to around 24mbps depending on how close we are to the telephone exchange. Applying a blanket of broadband all over the US will allow everyone access to everything and anyone. This will also do wonders for wireless users, as we've just found out the white space in the TV spectrum will be opened up to allow broadband to flow through the airwaves.

University research grants will be bigger, greater, and more of them. The president-elect understands the need of intellect (evidentially unlike your current president) and will be the driving force of most research projects - actually getting the funding to go through with it. Your brilliant new president will push this forward so more money goes to more researchers.

Corporate style Obama government will introduce a Chief Technology Officer, much as many corporations have, to ensure the administration will have appropriate websites, policies, technologies in place and services available, so that inter-agency support will be better, and ultimately, the average US citizen will be better too.

More learners will teach under the new administration. Because science and maths are priorities in most societies, they'd like the best science and maths graduates who are professionals in their field, to go back into education by teaching others. Not only that, they'll be reforming the entire science curriculum to ensure that learners are being educated in a fair way, whilst being assessed accordingly.

There's more of course, ranging from better K-12 education to advanced stem-cell research, better scholarship aid for those who want to go to college and university, and "tapping the diversity of America to meet the increasing demand for a skilled workforce."

Oh it will be a good four years for US students...

Topics: Broadband, Government, Health, IT Employment

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Zack Whittaker writes for ZDNet, CNET, and CBS News. He is based in New York City.

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