I’m a California Voter for Obama

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I live in San Francisco, California, and I’m a voter for Obama.

Dave Winer posted this same sentiment earlier today on his blog, Scripting News. In case you don’t know, Winer created a little thing called RSS (syndication for blogs) and RSS with enclosures (which allows people to subscribe to podcasts).

Next Tuesday is “Super Tuesday” where 24 states (including California) will hold primary elections or caucases.

Of all the candidates, Barack Obama has captured the attention of the entire tech community. Jeffrey Veen (Google), Wil Shipley (Delicious Monster), Dave Winer, Fake Steve Jobs, John Hodgman (The Daily Show & the “PC” in Apple’s ads), and even Randall Munroe (creator of XKCD) have publicly shown their support for Barack Obama.

Lawrence Lessig talks about Obama’s plans for truly open government standards:

Obama has committed himself to a technology policy for government that could radically change how government works. The small part of that is simple efficiency — the appointment with broad power of a CTO for the government, making the insanely backwards technology systems of government actually work.

But the big part of this is a commitment to making data about the government (as well as government data) publicly available in standard machine readable formats. The promise isn’t just the naive promise that government websites will work better and reveal more. It is the really powerful promise to feed the data necessary for the Sunlights and the Maplights of the world to make government work better. Atomize (or RSS-ify) government data (votes, contributions, Members of Congress’s calendars) and you enable the rest of us to make clear the economy of influence that is Washington.

Check out Lessig’s and Obama’s plan on technology and innovation.

As a bit of viral marketing, Dave Winer decided to add the “Progress” graphic at the top of this post to his blog as “a virtual equivalent of one of those signs people put on their front lawns.” Brilliant.

Read up on Barack Obama’s views. Watch his speeches on YouTube. And if you live in one of the “Super Tuesday” states, be sure to vote on February 5th.

PS-Check out Obey Giant’s gorgeous screen prints of the Obama graphic at the top of this post: http://obeygiant.com/post/obama


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