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Beto O`Rourke on Technology

Democratic candidate for President; Texas Senator nominee

 


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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