I’m resisting the facile assumption that Republicans, relying as they do on creationism, the fetus cult, climate science denial, and voodoo economics, are bad for hi-tech. You know, stupid people don’t do IT, right?

But the more I look, the more I find that Democrats are better for technology than the know-nothing party, and that that should be a no-brainer.

Obama’s economic transition team, meanwhile, includes Eric Schmidt, Google’s chief executive officer. Another close adviser is Julius Genachowski, a Harvard Law School classmate of Obama’s and co-founder of LaunchBox Digital, a tech investment firm.

“By surrounding yourself with people like Julius, you clearly seek advisers who are bullish on using technology to solve national problems,” said Bruce Mehlman, founding partner of Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti.

Mehlman, a former assistant secretary for technology policy at the Commerce Department in the Bush administration, noted Obama’s support for using technology to lower healthcare costs and clean up the environment in particular.

In addition, Obama has argued that a tax credit for research and development should be permanent, a perennial goal for tech lobbyists, and has also spoken of the need for increased government funding on technology programs.

“Those are all positive things that are geared towards the tech community,” Mehlman said.

Tech lobbyists are also encouraged by Obama’s plans to create a chief technology officer position, based in the White House, to help develop best practices for the federal government’s use of technology.

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Obama’s biggest policy difference with McCain when it comes to technology may be over “network neutrality.” Network neutrality describes the policy of prohibiting Internet providers — usually large cable or telecommunications companies that actually own the broadband or wireless “pipelines” — from limiting Web traffic on their networks.

Obama has said network neutrality is imperative to “preserve the benefits of open competition.”

McCain opposed network neutrality because he believed that it represented an unnecessary government intrusion in the marketplace and could delay additional investment in the Internet.

Telecom giants have said not allowing them to control their own broadband networks could limit their investment and growth as heavy Web traffic begins to weigh on their systems.

“It is potentially antithetical to boosting to the economy,” said a telecom lobbyist. “Net neutrality cuts in several ways by impacting entrepreneurship, investment, job creation and economic growth.”

A telecom attorney said that the Obama administration would not be neutral in the fight, and may favor Internet companies like Google over telecoms.

Losing net neutrality would make the internet more like cable. That’s the “marketplace” McCain was protecting: the consolidated marketplace. The blogsphere would look like the cable news networks. Shorthaired MBA’s would funnel you to content that supports their parasite class, just like they do on TV.

Without net neutrality, the recent pro-democratic uprising in the US would have been impossible.

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