Election Day 2008 Results
Adam Rak, senior director, Public Affairs, Symantec: Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 | 10:00 am
Election Day is now behind us and the Obama transition team is preparing for Inauguration Day in January. There will be greater Democratic majorities in both Houses of Congress. Some key allies for the technology industry were defeated for re-election, like Senator Gordon Smith of Oregon, and at the same time there will be new faces like Mark Warner of Virginia with business and high tech experience. But, what does this mean for Symantec and the software industry?
I see 2009 presenting a positive opportunity to push for some key priorities for the software industry that will promote innovation and economic growth. The top priorities will be to pass patent reform to better protect intellectual property, and establishing data security legislation to strengthen consumer confidence in the online world. Both of these issues were active topics in the last legislative cycle, but did not pass through Congress. I am hopeful that next year will yield a different result. In addition, we need to create a long term pipeline of talent that ensures an educated and talented workforce for the jobs of the 21st century. This means a focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines in schools.
There is significant public policy work to be done and next year will not be without its challenges. However, it will also be a time of opportunity, and regardless it will be an exciting and historic time in Washington.