Thu, Sep 6, 2012 -- 8:00 PM
The Computer History Museum Presents: Politics, Computers and the Making of a 21st Century PresidencyDownload audio (MP3)
Although much has changed since 1952, technology and politics remain closely intertwined. The show looks at the history of using computing to poll and predict election outcomes, as well as how campaigns have used technology -- as the Obama team did in 2008 -- to win elections. What are the implications of technology-driven campaigns and the electorate's use of social media on our republic? What are the positives and negatives associated with all of this connectivity?
Moderator Richard Tedlow hosts a panel discussion which will examine these questions, and look beyond U.S. borders at the possible ramifications of the Arab Spring and whether other global political shifts may be looming. Easy, global access to social media tools has definitely created a power shift -- from institutions to individuals. But what does that shift really mean, and what are the larger implications to global stability?