Beto O`Rourke on Technology

Democratic candidate for President; Texas Senator nominee


We don't allow lies in books; why do we allow Facebook?

We need to set very tough, very clear transparent rules of the road. The kind of rules that we do not have today. That allow these social media platforms, where we the people have become the product, to abuse that public trust. Right now we treat them as a utility, when in reality they're more akin to a publisher. They curate the content that we see. We would allow no publisher to do what Facebook is doing. Treat them like the publisher that they are.
Source: October Democratic CNN/NYTimes Primary debate , Oct 15, 2019

$1.5 trillion for infrastructure from raised taxes

O`Rourke on Transportation : Pay for infrastructure through changing taxes on corporations & the wealthy.

TWO CANDIDATES HAVE SIMILAR VIEWS: John Hickenlooper; Amy Klobuchar.

Virtually all other candidates $1.5 trillion attempt to respond to climate change, much of which appears focused on research. Beyond that the specifics get nebulous, other than a line saying he wants some of it to go to grants that "cut commutes, crashes and carbon pollution," including increased access to transit options. Read more about his plan here.

John Hickenlooper has said he wants a $1 trillion infrastructure investment with a focus on clean energy and rural broadband.

Source: Politico "2020Dems on the Issues" , Jul 17, 2019

Invest in green research via national labs & universities

Q: Do you support increasing federal funding for clean-energy research?

O'Rourke: We would invest in more research through our national labs, universities and incubators and in the scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs, the women and men who will do the work day in and day out. Not only must we emit less greenhouse gases, we must plant things that absorb greenhouse gases, and give our farmers a better harvest, and invest in the technologies to allow us to claim some that are in the air now. We must invent and improve our grid's ability to save, store and then sell electricity from turbines and panels throughout the day--no matter where the sun is, at a given time, or whether the wind is blowing. We can build with steel and cement that's better for our air; ship and haul cargo to far-away places with less or different fuel; reconfigure the last mile of energy and transportation in how it functions."

Source: 2019 "Meet the Candidates" (NY Times.com) , Apr 18, 2019

Regulating Big Tech is more sensical approach than breakup

"I'm not sure if having five more Facebooks--if you broke up Facebook into five component parts, or any of these other large social media or technology companies--makes as much sense as regulating them, given the power they have [and] the way in which they can be used, wittingly or not, to undermine our democracy and affect the outcomes of our elections," O'Rourke said at a meet and greet in New Hampshire
Source: CNBC, "Big Tech regulated," on 2020 Democratic primary , Mar 21, 2019

Member of hacktivist group, "Cult of the Dead Cow"

While a teenager, O'Rourke belonged to the oldest group of computer hackers. The hugely influential Cult of the Dead Cow, jokingly named after an abandoned Texas slaughterhouse, is notorious for releasing tools that allowed ordinary people to hack computers running Microsoft Windows. It's also known for inventing the word "hacktivism" to describe human-rights-driven security work.

Members of the group have protected O'Rourke's secret for decades, reluctant to compromise his political viability. Now, in a series of interviews, CDC members have acknowledged O'Rourke as one of their own.

There is no indication that O'Rourke ever engaged in the edgiest sorts of hacking activity, such as breaking into computers. But his membership in the group could explain his approach to politics better than anything on his resume. His background in hacking circles has repeatedly informed his strategy as he explored and subverted established procedures in technology, the media and government.

Source: Joseph Menn, Reuters, on 2020 Democratic primary , Mar 15, 2019

Stimulus spending invests in areas like infrastructure

Q: Support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?

Ted Cruz (R): No. Choice between more & more spending & individual liberty.

Beto O'Rourke (D): Yes. Supports investment in areas like infrastructure & education.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Texas Senate race , Oct 9, 2018

Rolling back net neutrality hurts democracy

Q: Net Neutrality: Require internet providers to provide equal access to all?

Ted Cruz (R): No. Net neutrality puts government in charge of pricing, products & services.

Beto O'Rourke (D): Yes. Rolling back net neutrality hurts democracy, the arts & innovation.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Texas Senate race , Oct 9, 2018

Voted NO on protecting cyber security by sharing data with government.

Congressional Summary:

Proponent's Argument for voting Yes:

Opponent's Argument for voting No:
Reference: Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act; Bill H.R.624 ; vote number 13-HV117 on Apr 18, 2013

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V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

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CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Howie Hawkins (Green-NY)
Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Gov.John Kasich (R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence (R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
CEO Howard Schultz (I-WA)
Pres.Donald Trump (R-NY)
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Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld (L-NY,R-MA)
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State Rep.Stacey Abrams (D-GA)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Rep.Beto O`Rourke (D-TX)
Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
Adm.Joe Sestak (D-PA)
Rep.Eric Swalwell (D-CA)

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