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If the Internet was a nation, who would be its president?

The Internet is a global community with over one billion residents. If it were a formal nation, who would its citizens elect as their fearless leader? Here are four candidates that I propose for a mock election. Make your vote count.

The Internet is a global community with over one billion residents. If it were a formal nation, who would its citizens elect as their fearless leader? Here are four candidates that I propose for a mock election. Make your vote count.

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Since this is the time of year when we celebrate the founding of the United States as a nation on July 4, 1776 and since the Internet has become an ad-hoc nation of its own with over a billion citizens, it's the perfect time to have a little fun and speculate about who the people of the Internet would choose if they could elect a leader.

Others have joked about this idea in the past. Now it's time to get serious -- or at least as serious as you can for a mock election. I'd like to nominate four candidates for the fictional office of President of the Internet. All four are very talented individuals that have a vision of where the Internet needs to go and each would lead the Internet into an even brighter future.

For more information on this mock election and insights on other tech topics, follow my Twitter stream at twitter.com/jasonhiner

These four candidates are all fairly neutral and objective thought leaders (though all highly-opinionated). I avoided nominating leaders from the Internet's most prominent companies, even though I was tempted by Google's Larry Page and Cisco's John Chambers, for example.

I realize the irony that all of these proposed candidates are Americans -- in fact, they're all Americans living in California -- while the Internet is truly a global phenomenon. I will partly blame the irony on the fact that this is being posted on American independence day. I considered several international thought leaders, such as Skype co-founder Niklas Zennström, but in the end I simply found these four candidates to be the most compelling.

Rules of the election

The poll at the bottom of this post will serve as the official vote counter. It will open on Saturday, July 4, 2009 and then the poll will close promptly on July 11, 2009 at 11:59 PM Eastern (8:59 PM Pacific).

When the poll closes, the leading candidate needs to secure at least 30% of the vote to win the election, otherwise there will be a one-week runoff between the top two vote-getters. Also, if there is less than a single percentage point separating the top two vote-getters then that will also result in a one-week run-off.

Candidate: Marc Andreessen

A lot of users today think of the Web browser as synonymous with the Internet, despite the fact that they are two very different things. However, the Web browser is what brought the Internet to the masses and started the revolution. And Mark Andreessen was the driving force behind the popularization of the Web browser, first with Mosaic and then with Netscape.

So, in many ways, Andreessen is the founder of the republic. He's like the George Washington of the Internet. That alone makes him a worthy candidate. However, over the past decade, Andreessen has gone on to found services provider Loudcloud (later renamed Opsware and sold to HP) and co-found social networking startup Ning.

With the hundreds of millions of dollars he made from the Netscape and Loudcloud acquisitions, Andreessen has also become one of Silicon Valley's most influential angel investors, giving money to promising early startups so that their founders can independently pursue new ideas for transforming the Internet. Andreessen has helped fund a lot of winners, including Digg, Facebook, and Twitter. Andreessen is now on course to start his own venture capital firm with longtime business partner Ben Horowitz.

His vision for using the Internet to improve the lives of average citizens and his track record of identifying trends and products that will be adopted by the masses make Andreessen a very attractive candidate.

Candidate: Leo Laporte

Leo Laporte was the technology world's first big television star. He was the long-time host of The Screen Savers, the lead show for the cable channel TechTV. He has also done regular tech segments for PBS, CNBC, and MSNBC. After leaving TechTV, Laporte went on to start the This Week in Tech (TWiT) podcast, which helped define the podcast as a legitimate media genre and has reigned as one of the Web's most downloaded podcasts.

His television background would make Laporte the Ronald Reagan-like candidate of this election. He would also be the best at setting up an Abraham Lincoln-like "team of rivals" because that's what he does every week on TWiT, and he has shown a remarkable ability to bring together a lot of strong personalities and engage them in a constructive dialog about the direction of the technology world.

Laporte is a voracious absorber of information and a walking encyclopedia of the tech revolution. He is also a fierce believer in the power of the Internet to transform society, the media business, and the corporate world.

Candidate: Molly Wood

Molly Wood's famous rants about what's wrong with technology and the Internet are one of the main factors that have driven the rise of CNET's Buzz Out Loud, which recently celebrated its 1000th episode and remains one of the Web's most popular daily news shows. (Both CNET and TechRepublic are part of CBS Interactive.)

Very few people in the technology world can stir up the masses the way Molly can. When she targets companies that are doing ignorant -- or worse, willful -- things to hurt the average Internet citizen, look out! Molly will unleash fiery diatribes calling them out for their shameful behavior.

Beyond her work at CNET, Molly also has a personally-run blog called The Culture of Ownership, where she shakes her fist at "corporate malfeasance, overt patent trolling, [and] overzealous attempts at business-model preservation via lawsuits against and harassment of consumers." In other words, she advocates for principles such as Net Neutrality and fighting consumer-hostile laws in the digital age.

In this election, Molly is undoubtedly the populist candidate who looks out for the little guy. She is also the candidate of change who wants to promote a more open Internet.

Candidate: Jason Calacanis

Brooklyn, New York native Jason Calacanis is a gritty and resourceful entrepreneur who originally rose to fame during the dot com boom when he founded the Silicon Alley Reporter in New York. He later sold that publication and founded Weblogs Inc. (including Engadget) and helped stimulate the blogs revolution. He eventually sold Weblogs Inc. to AOL.

He now lives in Los Angeles, where he has founded a new startup called Mahalo, which is a human-powered search engine attempting to innovate on Internet search by allowing the user community to help formulate and filter the search results.

Calacanis is well-connected to the Internet's centers of power and influence on both coasts. He also has a track record of being a step ahead of the market and building companies that can take advantage of future trends, so he's always got a vision of the Internet's next big thing.

We have to think of Calacanis as the dark horse candidate in this election. He is not as well-known to the broader Internet community as the other three candidates. However, if this election had a debate between the four candidates, I suspect Calacanis would surprise a lot of people with his passion and vision and would win over many voters.

Write-in candidates

If you'd like to nominate another candidate, then you are welcome to do a write-in. Simply post in the discussion thread below and make the subject line of your discussion post "Write-in candidate: John Doe" and then explain why John Doe is the best candidate in the body of the message. If you'd like to vote for a write-in candidate that someone else has already been added, simply reply underneath that write-in candidate with a message of "I vote for John Doe" in the subject line.

If one of the write-in candidates receives an overwhelming number of votes (100+), then that candidate will be included in a run-off with the top two vote-getters in this poll, but only if a run-off is needed for one of the two reasons mentioned above in the rules section.

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About

Jason Hiner is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He writes about the people, products, and ideas changing how we live and work in the 21st century. He's co-author of the upcoming book, Follow the Geeks (bit.ly/ftgeeks).

257 comments
galliaj
galliaj

I like your nominations, but if we're going to nominate someone based on their rants about what's wrong with tech, let's give the devil his due! The obvious choice in this category is JOHN C. DVORAK!!!!

voyager529
voyager529

...because if you remember Veronica, you know that she deserves a chance as well.

neilb
neilb

or woman. :) Still, you probably reckon that you own it.

ericreasons
ericreasons

I know this is a mock election, but the Internet is the hub of society changing innovation, and the greatest functioning anarchy in the history of mankind. What in the world makes you think it needs a president? In what possible way could it be improved by imposing a government on it. Leave it be before you break it. :-)

maxwell edison
maxwell edison

The President presides over only one of three branches of government. Do we really want one person to preside over the Internet (even if it is an exercise just for fun)? I think not. But it does beg the question. What is the best way to [i]govern[/i] the Internet?

Scatcatpdx
Scatcatpdx

I vote for John Gault None of the candidates really stand for limited governmen, , individual liberty and capitalism on the and of the internet

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Geez, he invented the Internet, remember? How soon we forget...

Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

He doesn't really exist and can't become a dictator He means just what YOU want him to mean to YOU, like the internet itself. He's ubiquitous and can't be killed or stopped, like the internet itself. He, like Linux, morphs to suit what's happening NOW, like the internet He's skilful in what he does He's cute looking for those who vote for 'cute' as against skill edit to add - Sorry Jason, I'm no twit so I don't twitter and won't be following it on TWITter

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

Original post: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/hiner/?p=1894 If you want to do a write-in candidate, reply to this message and make the subject line of your post "Write-in candidate: John Doe" and then explain why John Doe is the best candidate. If you'd like to vote for a write-in candidate that someone else has already been added, simply reply underneath that write-in candidate with a message of "I vote for John Doe" in the subject line.

a.southern
a.southern

Surely the people you've nominated in the first four would only run it if it were a sub-set of US? No one has heard of them outside of the US. -AS

maxwell edison
maxwell edison

...... to plug your favorite Brit to be president of the Internet. Or, if you're really bold, perhaps you (or some other Brit) will build a site to compete with TechRepublic, one that Americans would visit, just like you Brits visit this one. Build a better mousetrap.........

jaxon
jaxon

Strongly Agree Columnist just revealed a fatal tendency to statism.

Ed Woychowsky
Ed Woychowsky

Internet Overlord. Has a nice ring, doesn't it?

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

It's a legitimate question. ICANN (icann.org) is handling some of the Internet governance, but there are real concerns about who's thinking about the big picture of better Internet redundancy, the IPv6 transition, evolution of the wireless Internet, etc.

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

TWiT is "This Week in Tech," a weekly show on what's going in the tech world (twit.tv), while Twitter is the online microblogging service (twitter.com).

a.southern
a.southern

This guy has done more to influence the internet than anyone mentioned so far. -AS

richard
richard

This is a good initiative but why present only 4 US candidates. There are more Internet users across the globe than in the US and there are also brilliant candidates in other parts of the world. Open up, please Richard Thoma

Dr Dij
Dr Dij

people would wonder how it was able to work while nobody 'owned' it. The nation would be interconnected by almost instantaneous mag-lev trains, and certain cities would have to block off large areas of what was formerly china, nigeria and russia to keep out scammers and crooks.

childersr
childersr

He started all of this and he has all the executive skills needed to be a leader. Best of all, he is a TechRepublic(an).

jon.hendricks
jon.hendricks

If there is one individual who we can say is responsible for the internet/web I'd have to say it was Vinton Cerf. I'm not going to go into his qualifications, he is preceded by his history and reputation. Mr. TCP/IP is his claim to fame and packet switching is his game .. nuff said.

michaelsaltmarsh
michaelsaltmarsh

Just seems obvious to me. Internets: "What should we do about "Insert variable here" President Anonymous?" President Anonymous: "......." Internets: "I guess, we will just leave it alone then....?"

apatel_leicester
apatel_leicester

The population size, rate at which Internet is being taken up, China would have the largest number of votes, which will be duly exercised by the Chairman on behalf of individuals.

BitHammer
BitHammer

Your other three candidates are talkers. Not that there's no value in that; Without the free and open exchange of ideas, I'd probably be getting my job done! I think that people like Vint Cerf and Tim Berners-Lee, who have been involved in the creation of the Internet as we know it, deserve nominations far above those who tell us what's wrong with it. (Read the quote carefully; Al Gore doesn't claim to have created the Internet, he claims to have "taken the initiative".) Jason, I understand your point of view, in that you're involved in the Talking Head crowd, but without the doers, none of you would have anything to talk about.

d.marcogliese
d.marcogliese

For his vision and work in getting the web together

chazz.wolcott
chazz.wolcott

Why is Chuck Norris the best? Simple: Chuck Norris > *

nww02
nww02

Oh COME ON.. Who the HECK are those candidates? Some lame-ass beuros who spend their days pumping their own egos on the gravy-train "I know the future" lecture circuit! There can BE ONLY ONE president of the Internet... In fact it should be part of his office as President of the WORLD.. William Shatner For President! Senor Shatnor por El Presidente! Le Predisent, c'est William Shatner! der Pr?sident muss William Shatner sein! come on people! Let's get behind the biggest Behind in showbusiness!!!

jb4479
jb4479

Joseph Carl Robnett Licklider (Lick)first formulated the idea for a global network in a series of memos created in 1962. As head of head of the Information Processing Techniques Office at ARPA, he is the man who imparted the idea and importance of a computer network to Ivan Sutherland, Bob Taylor, Lawrence G. Roberts, and Vint Cerf. Without him the idea may have taken a lot longer to take hold.

Joe_R
Joe_R

Great question, Jason!

mullachv
mullachv

I cannot consider this survey with any real gravity when it does not include the *real* giants: - Tim Bernes Lee - James Gosling - Diffie - Hellman (from Diffie-Hellman algorithmns) - RSA (Rivest, Shamir, A...) - Folks from Google or MSN or Yahoo or Amazon or eBay - who revolutionized the internet market place The names you have written in except Marc Andersen cannot be serious. Please, if you want this to be real, let's have some real names that matter Thank you, Vikram

rdmsacto1
rdmsacto1

President? I appreciate the whimsy of this question but the point is the Internet is; It's NOT a nation. There in lies its beauty! It needs no officiating body of self serving elected officials and must remain the antithesis of the very notion of a political animal that invades and coops our very lives. We fight for this independence. Why relinquish it to an individual that will inevitable be seduced by the scandalous side of our humanity? No...not a nation but the vibrant network of the human psyche that morphs freely with new found knowledge. To hammer this into a peg hole of a political hell destroys the first and last vestige of human freedom. The very metaphor of a political head of a world wide neuro-network of human creativity turns my stomach. IS there no respite from the want of avarice politics? Are we so bored with life as to clamor for the ceaseless endemic cacophony that plagues thought?

yamapfaff
yamapfaff

Borack Obama....If he is elected president of the internet then he can voluntarily resign as President of the U.S. and stop wasting the resources (money we do not have) of generations to come. Before long, as president of a private enterprise, he will be identified for what he really is not and hopefully fired. Then he can retire back to Chicago with the rest of criminal politicians there and they can all go bowling together.

dkburkhart
dkburkhart

I think we should nominate Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, President/Vice-President (not necessarily in that order) after all they have been one of greatest entrepreneurial driving forces of the internet for the past few years. Although the four nominees have had a great influence on the internet, I don't believe they qualify as todays leader. Larry and Sergey have proven they can lead by example and by their success with Google!

p.petroff
p.petroff

Any of the truly worthy candidates already nominated would already refuse and understand the non-hierarchical, decentralised structure of the Web, let alone the entire Internet. There is no president or king of the entire physical world; why does there need to be a president or king of the electronic-based world? The Internet is not American. America is not the world. The more you tighten your grip TechRepublic, the more systems will slip through your fingers.

Roc Riz
Roc Riz

...the Internet is anarchistic, as it should be! We don't need no stinkin' ruler, we don't need no stinkin' rules, other than to be nice to one another!

wolf13
wolf13

Jason, Your not job hunting are you? kind of sucking up just a little to the candidates of your choice. would look good,Little brown nosing occasionally, hmmm LOL

SObaldrick
SObaldrick

Because Citeh are offering 40 million quid for him and he's going to tell them to stuff it. I hope, Les.

redmist
redmist

The Internet doesn't need a president, and few people have the good sense to keep their hands off. Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) is a friend of liberty and has consistently defended the Internet from government intrusion and regulation.

CaptBilly1Eye
CaptBilly1Eye

Why not a Triad or Triumvirate? Three ringleaders to rule them all. .

zentross
zentross

I am of the opinion that Linus understands and appreciates the need for open standards. This would lead to more directed communication as well. In our own state of techrepublic.com, we have a great thought pocket that works because of an intelligent population, responsible posts, and we know how to have fun. When all is said and done though, is it broken? Does the internet need to be governed and if so in what respect(s)? I do not believe that this incarnation of controlled chaos is broken to the point of requiring a governing body. A group of advisors on responsible use perhaps, but not regulatory.

NTHNTH
NTHNTH

As the founder of 4chan, the largest image board on the web, and with an enormous following of rabid supporters, Moot is the most powerful man on the internet, commanding an army of tens of thousands, if not more. He should surely be the president of the internet.

Pruduch
Pruduch

To make sure the internet develops and keeps its freedom the only suitable president is a fictitious personality like Frank 'N' Furter! He'll never restrict the use and misuse of the internet so that anarchy stays a part of an everblooming virtual form of government where every aspect of the human eccentricity is socially acceptable. Moreover Frank 'N' Furter wouldn't become corrupt as long as he has no vicepresident to put words into his mouth. ...So come up to the lab and see what's on the slab - I see you shiver with anticipation... A real person will always keep its own interests in mind! Vote for Frank to avoid any lies and abuse of authority! He's not much of a man by the light of day but he'll be the perfect president!

G.K.B.
G.K.B.

Term of office: 15 minutes of fame.

Buff Loon
Buff Loon

The whole premise of a "President" is a silly notion. To begin, the Net has no International charter or Constitution. It has some loose rules, but mostly formulas for the functioning of computers according to the software's that have to be configured to run computers on the Net. There is no international Inet government or body of lawmakers charged with management of a large populace and further there is very little infrastructure for enforcement of any rules or laws internationally. Enforcement is left mostly to national or local governments according to their legal systems. So long as different cultures, ideologies, moralities, religions, and personalities exist, there will always be a confrontation of views, beliefs, enforcement and acceptance of rules or laws, types of governments and enforcers. The Inet is an environment traversed using a various group of software vehicles outfitted with tools that can affect various functions of the environment for good or bad. The United Nations has little control over what transpires in all nations as a whole. I seriously doubt any International Government would ever be able to rule over or enforce any rules on all governments and less on rogue nations or groups. The Inet is like the Environment we live in. We can only protect that which we have the ability to control, according to our individual and combined wills. Much can be done with software, and much is done with software both good and bad. I nominate the Blue Genie in Software form. That's my silly view, Buff Oon

brent.russell
brent.russell

You make the point that the Internet is a 'nation' of over a billion people around the world but all your suggested candidates are from the USA. I personally don't have another candidate in mind although there are quite a few who would be suitable I guess but to put it bluntly I've never heard of the four you have listed. Damn big nation for sure..

mross011
mross011

Why not, seems to be used more than most names :)

josagp
josagp

The beauty of Anarchism is the absence of the leaders. We are all responsible to make it work, to make it better, we all need to do our part; Instead I recommend a counsel that represent the public Internet body. Then I would include these four guys you recommend and add perhaps another set of people, for example the guys who developed the Ethernet protocol (Robert Metcalfe, David Boggs, Chuck Thacker and Butler Lampson ), the wikipedia creators, the winzip, ghost creators, the search engines creators, (yahoo, google, etc) Linus Torvalds credited as the writer of the Linux code, and so on so forth, you got the idea) The main requirements to be on this list would be altruistic minds, truly innovative ideas, and products that benefit the public domain. The list is quite extensive and I would not be surprise if we foind anywhere between 100 to 500 great minds out there

Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

when things are dull he can entertain us with another comedy, and when there's trouble he can really kick butt.

mstevens
mstevens

It only stands to reason. Better yet, he'd give us free Internet connects! Wouldn't he?

Betageek52
Betageek52

The man I voted for is in the lead by a HUGE margin; LEO 4 ME-O

radcliffe
radcliffe

If we are going to vote on a fictional office then why not have a fictional candidate. Max Headroom would be my choice because this virtual fictional character would make an ideal president for the internet. For a virtual world let us have a virtual candidate, and if you would say... who would be pulling the virtual puppets strings... I ask you, who pulls any candidates strings in this world we now live in? Perhaps we could program him to make decisions and judgments using Google type engine intelligence, using indices to make critical decisions and use the flowery talking head to promote individuals to rally behind his next leap in power? Hell lets not vote in a leader, let?s program the bastard.

caterja
caterja

Father of email. As a member of the ARPAnet project at Bolt, Beranek and Newman Inc he sent the first email on the same machine in December 1971 and between machines in January 1972. All of the concept development was done on his own time because management didn't see a need for email.

IBM 1401
IBM 1401

http://www.usandv.com/who-obamas-choice-cyber-czar THE TOUGH GUY Stephen Northcutt, CEO of the SANS Institute. What can you say about a former Navy search and rescue crewman, white water raft guide and martial arts expert who's also one of the leading intellectual lights in the field of computer security? Sign him up, we say -- Northcutt is the kind of geek who'll reach through the Internet and slap a cybercriminal silly. His books are must-reads in the IT security world and his creds, including his very scary-sounding job as Chief for Information Warfare at the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization, are impeccable. http://www.usandv.com/who-obamas-choice-cyber-czar

alfielee
alfielee

No controls other than the public's ability to use the medium individually. This gives a voice to everyone & not some "leader" who then creates laws & police are required to vet these laws & manipulate things as they see fit. Anarchy forever & an eye for an eye!

tpierce
tpierce

John Curran is CEO of ARIN, the group that governs the IP addressing of the Internet. In terms of potiential power, should ARIN decide to flex it, John Curran makes a lot of sense.

brian
brian

Reasons for nomination: Technology Background - He's able to build his own servers from scratch, including recompile his own kernel. He's been a CTO for Novell and Sun, which moved into their high points during his time with them. Business Acumen - Eric Schmidt declared that only TCP/IP was to be used at Novell, expecting a company who wrote the IPX/SPX protocol to drop it completely (other than customer support tasks obviously) can cause quite a stir. Anyone who can survive that kind of smackdown a few months into their new position is what we need when it comes to things like spammers and child pornography. I don't want a president who is just able to point out the problems, I want one who can SOLVE them. A judicial system where we can vote as a community how to suitably punish corporations for their actions would be nice too. We need to have some way for the public to affect the decisions as well. Thanks for reading this.

Jimmy S
Jimmy S

Tim B-L had the original vision of inventing hyperlinking to use the young internet to connect geographically separated items of data, and then developed this concept to create the world-wide web that we know today. BTW, why are all your candidates from the contiguous US and nowhere else?

paymankhoda
paymankhoda

Dear Jason, I read your blogs/columns regularly and enjoy your perspective, which is why I find this post so irritating. The whole point of the internet is to get us away from this congenital preconditioned NEED for a fearless leader. The beauty of the internet is that NOBODY is in charge. God, why do people have to have this someone has to be in charge mentality? The ultimate expression of democracy is self-rule. The internet allows "online communities" to self-govern on an unprecedented scale without the need for a figurehead who's supposed to be all knowing and all powerful which they invariably aren't as history has always taught us. Yes we are far from achieving that in our societies, and may be we never will. But the internet is one place where that sort of freedom sometimes functions. Who's in charge of Wikipedia? The answer is EVERYBODY and NOBODY! And you know what, it works pretty well. Please do us all a favor and stop this infantile hero worship and work on keeping the internet free from hierarchy and free from figurehead. NO ONE should be in charge of the internet. God that's the most irritating blog I have seen in years.

davidcbohn
davidcbohn

we don't need someone to be president. The internet just needs to be a voting member of the UN with a net ambassador, and a UNWEB agency.

amshoaib
amshoaib

INTERNET IS INTERNET because it has no president..By forcing people to choose a president of internet you are trying to destroy the internet..We have govts to take care of internet but internet itself doesnt need any president..let it be as it is now..

blennerton
blennerton

After all, he invented the Internet!

SKDTech
SKDTech

Creator of the Linux kernel and continuing benevolent overseer of his brainchild. Proponent of the best tool for the job. And since I don't recall anyone else nominating him so far after reading all the fark/4chan spam.

tearl42
tearl42

Disclaimer: I am not a Cisco employee. The views expressed here are my own. That being said if he wants to offer me a job I'm willing to hear what he has to say. John Chambers should be president because he is real a visionary. He is also a no BS guy. He deals with pressure well and should be given the chance to rule the free world. Not that any of the candidates that you initially picked are bad, just they seem very political. We need someone that is going to get things done, someone that can look out to the future and grab it by the bal... Mmm.. horns, right the horns.

mike
mike

This poll is another American blinker eyed view of the world. I admire the American awareness of their own history and their patriotic view of their own nation. However, in many other matters it appears that Americans have a very pre-Columbus view of the world and think that it does not exist outside your own boundaries (perhaps with a couple of notable exceptions such as Canada and Mexico, oh and of course Russia which Sarah Palin can see from her backyard). Come on, show some respect for the rest of the world. Mike Gardiner, Australia. (I will draw you a map if you need one!).

terry
terry

If the mice were smart enough to commission earth they are good enough on this minor mission. Perhaps a sub-committee would suffice.

Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

with their name on it, then all the Britney Spears spam has got to put her in top place unless we accept a nomination for Viagra.

ikkarus1
ikkarus1

Can the cabinet be made up of pissy people, looking for any reason to make venomous posts for no good reason?

m.ramaker
m.ramaker

Dear Jason, As an European I would opt for candidates from all over the world. It now looks as if your opinion / fantasy for candidates is limited to US citizens only. This contradicts your statement of 'Global' ;) Marcel Ramaker.

matt.flaherty
matt.flaherty

Because unlike Mark Andreesen or Al Gore, he really did invent the internet (or at least the web) for all intents and purposes.

mpaunescu
mpaunescu

Le's be serious for a litle. What about Tim Berners-Lee. He is in fact the inventor of the internet and an active advocate of it's evolution. Mark was just somebody who created another browser ... not really enough.

fazlis
fazlis

How about Al Gore? He missed out on the US Presidency cos of falling "Bushy" chads. he sure deserves this one?

dburk
dburk

Except Mark there are no people known outside SFO

jed.gart
jed.gart

The internet is fine as it is. Why should it need a president for goodness sake. People all over the world connect and co-operate without the need for any politician, so for goodness sakes don't let any political animal take over. If you must have someone why not Tim Berners Lee, the guy who started it all back in 1990

DevilinDupriest
DevilinDupriest

First off, we start with 'who would the internet elect'. That alone was enough to open the floodgates and expose you to the tyranny of the majority. Moving on, however, since in the dialog the goal posts have been moved from the initial statement to discussion of the 'qualifications' of these theoretical leaders we get to the actual flaw in this premise. The initial flaw is that you lay out no responsibilities (and to a lesser extent powers) for this position. Qualifications cannot be identified in absence of goals that would require them. If you wanted to play, 'Whose bright future is brightest?' that is an entirely different discussion. If that was the subject at hand, my vote would in fact go to the mentioned Google's Larry Page. I am perhaps biased by my own anti-social tendencies, but overall Google's approach to simplifying communications by indexing and making available for dissemination a variety of information speaks to me as what the internet represents. It *can* be a communication tool, but at heart it is an information system, and advances in making that information available and accessible are what truly drive advancement, in my opinion. However, that is entirely off the topic of discussion, as I said. Lacking any focused responsibilities with which to judge your candidates is the primary actual flaw. Moving beyond that to any sort of real world application of the discussion, highlights what is to my mind a second serious flaw, but one that could certainly be debated. Namely, the hubris of the specialist, none of the candidates are necessarily the best qualified for a position of leadership and responsibility. Taken as a whole and given the opportunity most priests would vote for a theocracy, most engineers a technocracy, and most idiots a politician. Admitting that we open ourselves up to the 'small time politics are so vicious precisely because they are so trivial' issue, lets look at an infinitely smaller position of responsibility in comparison. Let's say for this example, the dreaded Middle Management. Horrid creatures, terror of cubicle farms by day, almost human by night. And yet, generally speaking, these people were specifically trained, and hired for that training, to do the job they do. To make decisions within the confines of their responsibilities that fit with the stated goals of the greater system they work within. Yet you walk into almost any tech support or repair center, and the majority of workers are absolutely certain that it would be better with "one of us" in charge. And, in all fairness, when "one of us" makes the transition into management it often is better for the workers, having someone who understands both what they are capable of and what difficulties they regularly encounter. However, does it often achieve a reliable increase in the overall system? Honestly, I don't have any numbers to look at on that at the moment, but aside from anecdotal '100% increased productivity without the pointy haired boss' I rather doubt it. Do we honestly think that corporate and political America is nothing but a shell game conspiracy to waste money as quickly as possible? That Human Resources departments world-wide operate under some kind of mass delusion that forces them to hire educated and trained leaders that are in fact utterly wrong for their jobs? The fact is that the skills needed to lead, even a technical project, are only at the most minimum actually technical skills. You want to know who the internet would vote for? By hook or by crook it'd be Moot. Or possibly Britney Spears. Britney fans go *crazy* if they see her name on a poll. You want to know who is most qualified? You need to lay out what qualifications are needed. Short of that, in any leadership position there are certain sets of skills needed, and to an extent (generally limited by the other apparatus of government that provide the checks and balances to the social system) you need to find someone whose viewpoints generally match the needs and desires of the voters, and who has the necessary strength of character to accept when the general consensus disagrees with them personally. In that case my vote would go to Jimmy Carter.

Oldf4g
Oldf4g

She is the Queen of /b/ and is an internet celebrity. Source: 4chan.org (go to the random or /b/ forum)

Twitchy8289
Twitchy8289

I think bill gates would be..Man i really hope not, lol

OnTheRopes
OnTheRopes

It got moderated before I could read all of the good parts. You guys are no fun!

santeewelding
santeewelding

All write-in votes reading back to the original article are invalid. The rule you put forth, Jason, requires they read back to your supra-post, the one to which I now reply. This means I may win!

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Patrician of Ankh-Morpork. Since this isn't going to happen, I see no reason not to nominate a fictional character. If he can keep that city's guilds working in profitable harmony, including the Fools and the Assassins, the Internet shouldn't be a problem.

pompeychimes
pompeychimes

If we were nominating a president for the World Wide Web then Andreessen or Berners-Lee would be good choices. Since we are talking about the Internet we must talk about people that invented the technologies that allow the Internet to exist. Without Cerf and Kahn the Internet would have no protocol. Without Len and Sandy we'd have no way to connect networks to create the Internet(work).

BFilmFan
BFilmFan

"I've concluded that genius is as common as dirt. We suppress our genius only because we haven't yet figured out how to manage a population of educated men and women. The solution, I think, is simple and glorious. Let them manage themselves." John Taylor Gatto

santeewelding
santeewelding

I would make myself unavailable, and reign in benign neglect, retaining the four you mention, and yourself (obviously a voracious reader), as lieutenants.

Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

Canadian or was it just his show was from Canada when I used to see it.

Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

and a few other countries a 'twit' is a term for someone who is short quite a bit change in the head and very flighty and not smart. Run Twit through wiki and you get: 'A British slang word for an insignificant, foolish or annoying person.' which is how I meant for it to be used as I think it really applies to what the majority of people do on Twitter.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I don't think you can get to TR from China; I think it's blocked. If you can't access the site, how can you participate in the vote? Of course, they could subcontract the North Koreans to turn their attention to us.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

The Internet isn't a big enough stage to showcase all of Bill's talent. Don't confine him to the web and thus deprive the off-line world of him. "There's ... something ... out on the web!"

deepsand
deepsand

Either way, your point is moot.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

That's a cheat that should moot your votes. (Yes, Palmie, I'm gonna play this for all it's worth. :D )

User3624875
User3624875

Go back to Fark and 4chan you scriptkiddie. You are the cancer that is destroying TechRepublic.

jdclyde
jdclyde

bestow. He would bestow internet upon us, the masses. Of course he would tax oxygen so he can pay for the free internet that he is bestowing......

Mzanger
Mzanger

Email is the basis of everything else. Tim Berners-Lee for vice president.

snideley59
snideley59

Why is your candidate British? That's why Jason asked for write in candidates. I'm tempted to nominate Kermit the Frog, because it's not easy being green. This is all supposed to be in jest

rochb
rochb

Who else could bring Google, Yahoo, Cisco and others to their virtual knees than the Chinese Government and their China-specific Internet? Forget the UN or the EU or the US, when all of these massive companies are falling over themselves to be represented in China, and the heck with the fundamental concept of basic human rights. The Internet is all about the mighty dollar and no one but the Chinese government seems able to dictate what occurs within its confines. When the Chinese Communist Party apparatchik fears the truth to be presented to its people or vice versa to the rest of the world, they simply "turn off" the Internet tap! Folks...have you heard about the Uighur ethnic group or effectively have been able to report on the Tibetans? The Internet is already being controlled, directed and corrupted, just like so many so-called democracies: Burma, Iran, Honduras and the list grows on. So let's all hear it for our new Net Prez: Chinese Communist Party! Also posted @ http://kinburner.blogspot.com/

jerry.viramontes
jerry.viramontes

said it before, will say it again. Linus is the Che Guevara of the OS Race

tesseract7
tesseract7

The Internet NEEDS someone who is not afraid to search for a solution outside the normal range of solutions, or, indeed, one proposed by any IT organization. The ability to do what is required to achieve the best result for the internet AS A WHOLE is far more important than applying a solution which benefits a group which is less than the whole. What is really needed on this planet NOW is a competent world government (sorry, UN, you just don't cut it), and this is where it will begin.

matthew.sanaker
matthew.sanaker

First, where would the internet be without all of the linux servers? Second, if the internet even needed a single executive head, which I don't think it does, it should be a hacker (not a cracker) and not a talking head.

raiderh808
raiderh808

I agree.. the man's company pretty much owns the internet.

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

I talk about this being a global phenomenon in multiple places. Plus, the whole thing is a bit of humor associated with U.S. Independence Day. Nevertheless, you are welcome to use the write-in option to nominate an international candidate. If you're that passionate about this subject, Mike, then quite belly-aching and do a write-in!

snideley59
snideley59

I'm with you. Perhaps Douglas Adams should be elected posthumously. Still need to worry about that Hyperspace Freeway though.

alec.wood
alec.wood

There is no other country in the world, only the USA. America is the world, it owns the world, and the internet.

Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

you got as good a vote as anyone. But I did get in early with Tux the Linux penguin and I think he isn't US.

peter.byfordcommerce
peter.byfordcommerce

Hi, Sir Tim was the man behind the World Wide Web and he was insistent that it should be open to all. To my mind there is no other candidate in the frame - who are these non-entities in the main list?

admin
admin

More or less invented hypertext and gave it to the world. Not commercially tainted and who cares if he's not a leader. We don't need any more of them

Ray berry
Ray berry

Independant, wide thinker, un-dirtied by quick money scams and not beholden to any commercial interests.

jrivie
jrivie

Probably the best real choice for the position. He has repeatedly demonstrated a complete/comprehensive understanding of the internet as a tool for improving the human experience. He has worked dilligently in that direction.

timothy.hilgenberg
timothy.hilgenberg

He's a good guy, untarnished by politics and like it has been said, the one who kicked it off! he'd get my vote...

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

If I would have nominated five candidates rather than four, he would have been the fifth. Glad to see people are writing him in.

ray.derkacz
ray.derkacz

This is a no-brainer - got to be Tim. Can't believe anyone reading these pages would need to ask why.

dkburkhart
dkburkhart

What about the unsung heroes, scientists, research students at many of the leading universities and government scientist who worked hard and long to develop the ARPAnet that was the media that became the Internet!?

jluis_2211
jluis_2211

He created the WEB, not Internet, but anyway my vote definitely is for him.

KarrasB
KarrasB

This man is the real thing. World Wide Web? Thank you, Tim.

matt.flaherty
matt.flaherty

Al Gore didn't invent the internet, but neither did Andreesen. If anyone can be said to have invented the internet it's Tim Berners-Lee. I've never even heard of the other three. Your offering doesn't live up to the ideal of an international community. Poor effort.

paul.simmons
paul.simmons

After all he said himself he invented the internet by casting a vote years ago which supported it. Who are we to doubt the accuracy of the statement of a politician? If it were not for him telling the techies to just do it, we would not have the internet today;-) Should be a landslide (except maybe in Florida.)

mike
mike

That's exactly who came to my mind. What the hell, Al invented the internet, and global warming, and carbon credits, ad infinitum. He's the only one I know who can give off more misinformation than the internet.

Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

maybe he should switch to following Chad Morgan (singer comedian) if he must follow chads.

SObaldrick
SObaldrick

Since there appear to be no responsibilities for the ruler of the Internet, the most obvious role should be a queen or king. The ruler of the nation with no power to change anything. Les.

Ibanezoo
Ibanezoo

Very wordy but you missed the real flaw.... and that is the notion that the internet needs some kind of leadership in the first place. That makes all other points moot.

jeldred
jeldred

She is better known for her work with COBOL and other languages but she was so smart and ahead of her time. Her way of putting terms in laymen ways was magnificent such as 'Do you know how long a nanosecond is?' She would then show you a cord about a foot long.

gurman
gurman

IF Grace was still with us, she would be a great leader. Her far looking work in technology would keep her grounded and unbiased. Ah yes. Dear Grace

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Respect for Grace, not you, Ernest! Grace was a jam-up innovator but all of her experience was on 'big iron', back in the days when that phrase included systems that still were actual iron. Would you want Thomas Edison running our current electrical grid (pun intended)?

adakar_sg
adakar_sg

Please dont bring boxxy here.. also you broke rule 1+2 so dunno how "old" you really are..

Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

good bye - twice rejected, can't stand again.

MeyesBilly
MeyesBilly

moot has given us a place to be who are, retarded or intelligent, and asked for nothing in return. He is a philanthropist of internet culture.

Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

and then mess the position up so no one can do it without a new monthly licence payment.

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

So you're trying to take it on a technicality. Very resourceful.

APitchford
APitchford

"Compared to Patrician of Ankh, Machiavelli couldn't run a whelk stall." - Terry Pratchett. Vetinari always felt that the city ran as a machine, with cogs everywhere, and his job was to keep everything running. Also, he managed to hold onto power because, even though everyone hated him, they hated the thought of the city without him more. Sounds like a good basis for Internet governance. The mimes better watch out though...

rhomp2002
rhomp2002

After all, he invented the internet. That is what he told us.

coinask
coinask

While Havelock did indeed have full control of all normally occurring, or theoretically possible political scenarios he did have one rogue element that continued to threaten him. Mentally unstable people were a constant threat because of the unpredictable way they behaved and because the had nothing to lose/didn't mind losing what they had. On the internet that's a pretty big weakness considering the denizens. His motto -Si non confectus, non reficiat- wouldn't help either since the internet is in a constant state of disrepair if you consider that under his rulership things that don't work tend to break. I'd much prefer it if he stayed in the books. Still an internet under his rule is an interesting thought.

seanferd
seanferd

Not exactly the kind of guy you'd want to deal with, but you wouldn't have to, as long as you don't break anything. :0 edit: sp?

aharper
aharper

Given that we are talking about leadership and title rather than governance, the president should have worked in the trenches and understand the whole system with a 30,000 foot view.

wbcannon
wbcannon

One write in vote for the four fathers of the Internet.

jbsema
jbsema

My dear, we have to think more about people who played a big role to have Internet exists before new young guys appreciations, there're others who struggled since for it (Ip, TCP/IP, etc), ehhhhhhhhhh

punterjoe
punterjoe

But, since the net is an anarchy not an oligarchy - despite the efforts of some - the title of President is meaningless anyway. So I vote "Nader".

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

"...we must talk about people that invented the technologies that allow the Internet to exist." Sorry, I've seen too many technically brilliant people who couldn't manage their way out of a paper bag. The holder of the office should have more administrative skills than technical ones.

santeewelding
santeewelding

Beyond their competence. And, ignore the rest of us.

xavier_of_haar
xavier_of_haar

Firstly, I agree with the 'No' for President of the previous poster... But I also question the list of candidates supplied; why are they all American, a user group that makes up less than 16% of the user base? Despite my 'group' (Australia/Oceania) making up a barely noteworthy percentage of 1.3%, I find it hard to understand why our list of candidates does not include a statistically more realistic spread of talent; say 2 Asian's, 1 European and 1 North/South American. If the internet is a Global Community, why do we not see a Global representation? And just for reference, Usage Stats are as of March 31, 2009, from http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats.htm : Region - User Base - % Asia - 657,170,816 - 41.2% Europe - 393,373,398 - 24.6% North America - 251,290,489 - 15.7% Latin America - 173,619,140 - 10.9% Africa - 54,171,500 - 3.4% Middle East - 45,861,346 - 2.9% Oceania - 20,783,419 - 1.3%

ben.bergman
ben.bergman

The internet has gone this far without anyone having more power over it than anyone else and this is surely one of its greatest strengths.

jim.lackey
jim.lackey

Why do Americans want to govern everything? The Internet is a fantastic example of self-governance and keeping politics out!

tim
tim

Nobody +1 I agree there should be no one person in charge.

tmalo627
tmalo627

Anarchy at the truth of its definition; not the image society seems to have of the word now. The internet wouldn't have a president. A great example is this very site to which we all belong. It's kind of funny if you think about it: TechRepublic's members do a damn good job of policing ourselves and keeping each other in line. That's more like anarchy than a republic.

a1638735
a1638735

The internet is too large an organism to be ruled over by some ominous organization, governing body, or some other type of collective. Clearly its being influenced in different directions for positive and nefarious ends; yet the end result should be and continue to be directed, by Humans for andvancement of knowledge. Stewie Griffin for Govenor,!! d(O_*)b [ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fP-flZzJwVc ]

Ibanezoo
Ibanezoo

Why do people think we need some kind of king or leader for every group? I dismiss that mentally small way of thinking and agree that we should rule ourselves. Collectives of like minded individuals are way more effective than an idiot with control issues who thinks he knows the "right way" to do everything.

findhubcaps
findhubcaps

Here BFilmFan has a fine response that sum it all Thank you John

TNT
TNT

One thing the net does not need and that is a ruler or government of any kind. A governor or government would only impede progress. As Ronald Reagan once said, "Government is not the solution. Government is the problem."

newton.almeida
newton.almeida

rules by comitees! no individual power on Internet. Such foul idea, one head ahead of millions. Internet is like air, belongs to every human been.

subpixel
subpixel

It should be painfully obvious by now that a having a president (centralised power figure) is far from ideal. I vote this idea as an insult to the distributed nature of the internet and (intentionally or not) supportive of existing power structures that abuse the planet and the entire world's population.

kenneth_hedin2000
kenneth_hedin2000

So far I haven't heard anyone mention the current Pres. of the Internet... Leo Laporte! C'mon.. how can you all forget him? I know you've all seen his old shows.. and if you haven't how can you call yourselves tech masters? :) And as for Gore.. well he may have invented the internet.. but he still doesn't know how to use it. :)

pgit
pgit

I vote for Michael Kassner. He's intelligent, and responsive.He takes in everyone's opinion and doesn't dismiss any consideration out of hand. I share many of his concerns when it comes to the internet, policy and security. We'd need someone who can think, but who's also open to the ideas of others. (and not afraid to ask for them) Since this is a 'fantasy league' election anyway, I declare him the winner. Congratulations,Mr. President. Now, about that secretary of the treasury position... =D

Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

from having to steal it or buy it later after making a clone and selling it with a different name.

SmartAceW0LF
SmartAceW0LF

It's already started. Just like Elvis and several others. So be it! The world was a far more interesting place with your presence sir!

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

Benign neglect, knowledgeable lieutenants. Yup.

Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

and seen other articles by him. I suppose it all comes down to what you read and watch as I've not heard of this Drew character or Moot before this thread.

a.southern
a.southern

But his name isn't one I'd have recognised before the article.

santeewelding
santeewelding

Until one of us signs the executive order doing away with the other.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Then you could each spend your day repealing what the other had done the day before. No harm, no foul.

deepsand
deepsand

But, since there does seem to be a ground swell of support for the former, I'll be re-thinking my position.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

It usually takes two or three applications, about a week apart.

santeewelding
santeewelding

I think you mean, unless you want to foster their health.

deepsand
deepsand

Still seeking prophylaxis for such.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

they're endemic to Planet Earth.

deepsand
deepsand

Be it the word, or the person, we've plenty of such here as well.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

but Dane Cook is quite likely the most unfunny standup comic on stage.

K_Green
K_Green

I'm a doctor, not a network engineer!

Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

with the internet, and ,secondly, he can keep order - as I said. Since I've been at TR probably longer than you've been able to think, I suggest you farkoff.

santeewelding
santeewelding

I can't legally provide emergency oxygen to you unless I pay da man. Neither can you get it yourself without going through the FDA.

terry
terry

The dolphins are still here but keep sharp lookout. If some of those suggested get elected the Voguns should have their way made easier.

Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

blue for the water. white for the polar area. green for what is currently owned by the US. pink for outlying commercial territories not shooting at the US. red for outlying commercial territories shooting at the US or ready to shoot.

C-3PO
C-3PO

What about Jim Balsillie? You can all send your votes in via your Blackberries. I suppose he wouldn't get the Phoenix votes right now, but he has certainly done a lot for mobile computing and by extension, use of the wireless internet.

m.ramaker
m.ramaker

I'm more in favour for 'nobody' as we already have someone who is worshipped globally, except for the Russians that is. Aren't there any 'down-under' candidates? Or shall we opt for the obvious 'British guy'? Than I'll be happy ... Btw. nice to see how things can be stirred up -;)

egomezb
egomezb

my vote should have been for Tim Berners-Lee, because his vision allows the materialization of many of the images of those whom we continue reading science fiction.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Sorry, my historical knowledge isn't -that- detailed.

jb4479
jb4479

JCR Licklider was head of the Information Processing Techniques Office at ARPA in 1963-64. He wrote a paper in 1962 titled the Intergalactic Computer Network. Bob Taylor succeeded Lick in that office and was responsible for the team that developed ARPANet.

mdhealy
mdhealy

T. B-L or Vint Cerf.

victorolow
victorolow

I cant believe he wasnt an initial option, hi should be the Internet?s President

jrguliz
jrguliz

He created the World Wide Web, and doesn't seem to be as as much as a flame target as Linus Torvalds or Gates. Though my second choice would be Tux, the linux mascot. My top five candidates: 1) Tim Berners-Lee 2) Tux 3) Bob Taylor 4) J.C.R. Licklider 5) Linus Torvalds

lucien86
lucien86

Hmmm.. If you want the inventor of the real internet isn't it the military bods who built Arpanet? Actually I might make a suggestion - William Gibson, his vision of the net in Neuromancer surely inspired at lot of what we see today. I have heard Tim Berners-Lee speak, he's a lovely guy but he would make a terrible leader. :) If we were honest about it though - with the whole internet voting, it would end up being someone like Nelson Mandela, ... or with the global Muslim faction voting someone like Bin Laden... ~:(

Marc Bailey
Marc Bailey

No, Al Gore did not say that he invented the Internet. He was misquoted as saying that, yes. But he never said it. What he did say, when asked in an interview to list some of his accomplishments in the Senate, was that he took the lead in creating the Internet. Not the same thing. Gore pushed for the idea of a high-speed, non-centralized computer network since the mid 1970s, and when the military Arpanet was about to be trashed, Gore lobbied the rest of the Senate with the idea that it should be converted into a civilian network instead. He went so far as to bring in scientists and other authorities to explain the ideas, and he chaired several committees that investigated the idea and helped start the research and funding that made it all possible. Personally, I think he deserves the credit. What's more, this information is nothing new. I heard it within days of the stupid (and deliberate) misquote and it's been around prominently ever since. I guess it's just hard to hear the truth when people keep repeating falshoods at the top of their lungs. It might be best if everyone stop repeating that dumb joke and maybe... oh, I dunno... get down on their knees and thank this man for helping to create the damn Internet.

drewjensen.inbox
drewjensen.inbox

...but to those that say here contributions ended with 'Big Metal' a recent news story. 25 years ago a company came along - Borland International, with their TurboPascal - kind of lit up the PC world. That company will finally die next month, obsorbed by Micro Foucs...you know the guys that put stoodgy old COBOL on PCs...yea, her influence is still being felt.

Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

she was an administrator and a mathematician when put in charge of the computer project and learned what they were doing, trying to do, and how they did what they did, then took charge and lead the way. The main reason for the nomination was many people are nominating people for their past contributions to the current situation and Grace Hopper has to have been one of the biggest past contributors and a major force in the computing world all up.

deepsand
deepsand

For all I know, you might be trying to send us off on a wild goose chase, so you can have some time here without us hanging around.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

you can Google 4chan boxxy babey and find it with no problem... I like you folks better than that, though.

deepsand
deepsand

And to think that we thought you to be our friend. :_|

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I didn't think much of the topic, and the 'hit and run' crowd has pretty much taken over with their pointless campaign. I'm out of here. Ernest and Sandy can keep carrying the flag if they want to, but I've decide the topic is irretrievably lost. I'm not going to waste any more time on the topic. It's deteriorated into the kind of discussion atypical of this site and more like those of sites I avoid for just such reasons.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

I marked one last night that had a link to 'boxxy's' 4chan page. Made me blush. I collected 12 bazillion points for marking pron. :D :D :D

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

We have a long-time member boxfiddler, nicknamed 'boxy' with one X. Can I assume a two-X 'boxxy' is another 4chan personality?

Kotul
Kotul

is down, no /b/lackup for you.

Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

reason. If the fools who nominate can't understand that much basic English they should go elsewhere.

len_480
len_480

You are not the article's author, so you lack the authority to limit candidates to two 'nominatioons.' I'm tempted to return after lunch and give Moot a proper nomination just to spite your persistently smarmy tone in this thread.

santeewelding
santeewelding

Of my qualifications: being able to read and comprehend THE voting instructions. "Resourceful" is not how Machiavelli would put it.

Frostyone
Frostyone

Nah, he is too busy with crap and trade wrecking our economy.

Edward D
Edward D

Being highly suspicious of all politicians, I would want some one who understands the system and the needs of the users (its citizens). I would strongly favor tim Berners-Lee.

dunsandle
dunsandle

I'd be happy with Vint Cerf but what about the father of html http without which - well need I say more!

josmyth
josmyth

There might be something to be said for vehement cluelessness here!

ppyo
ppyo

He IS the papa of Internet, isn't he? And I would add Tim Berners-Lee as Prime Minister.

aharper
aharper

Aw c'mon... you remember the guy with the tubes? www.youtube.com/watch?v=f99PcP0aFNE

a.southern
a.southern

Wait a minute, the Elders of the Internet don't even know who you are......

sboverie
sboverie

I agree with you on this, governments are ham fisted and incompentent. With autocratic governments filtering content and even the US government sifting through everyone's email and internet use; the problem is that governments only want control. Reagan may have said that "..Government is the problem" but he got involved and elected and also made more problems. He was right but he also was not a solution.

michaelsaltmarsh
michaelsaltmarsh

I like where this is goin'! :D In that case i don't vote, but swear allegiance to Doctor Doom!!! May he Rule us all with an Iron Fist!

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

What 'old shows'? Never heard of him. Links please.

seanferd
seanferd

And no way. He'll have to work for it. Keep Ballmer and Myhrvold away from this position as well.

ron
ron

> anyone still beating this dead horse is an idiot.

interpoI
interpoI

The only thing that Al Gore invented was "global warming."

cbellur
cbellur

He's also an "environmentalist" who has a lot of stock in Occidental Petroleum and engineered the sale of Lost Hills to Occidental so they could drill for oil on a Native American burial ground (at least it's domestic oil, but it's fossil fuels he pretends to be against). WTI was also a good one -- wrote a whole book about how it shouldn't exist, and then once in office, his staff signed the permits to bring it online. And no, he didn't invent the internet, but I'm sure the poster knows that and offers the suggestion in jest... I did like his movie though. $10 and a drive to the theater to watch a power point presentation captured on film. Awesome, but probably should have just been on PBS instead...

Kotul
Kotul

he also invented the mobile phone, remote controls, jet packs and AI.

jdclyde
jdclyde

just making fun of his "I created" flub of trying to be more relevant than he really was.

bettonirm
bettonirm

Al gore is just like anyone else in politics looking out for his own selft interest. Do you really belive that he would have only the best intrest of the internet in mind even if it was against his own interest or do you think he would find ways to use it for himself?

john.randle
john.randle

I would be happy to vote for him as President of the Internet, if it would keep him out of Tennessee!

Sensei Humor
Sensei Humor

Regarding your disinformation about the 2000 election: First off, VP Gore conceded the election to President Elect Bush. Nothing after that happened matters. But assuming that it did.... We have a Constitutional process for electing the president. The popular vote is not part of it. President Elect Bush won the Electoral vote, he is President. The Supreme Court was called in and ruled in accordance with the Constitution, which is exactly what they are supposed to do. Not that these facts are going to change the opinion of someone so ignorant of our electoral process to begin with, but I can't stand to see lies spread as "truth", or should I say Pravda. Don't misunderstand me, I despise the Patriot Act, the DCMA, and many of the other things that came to pass under the Bush administration. But if you think the Obama Administration is going to be any better, starting with the Generational Theft Act and moving on to who knows what, then you are wearing goggles so heavily rose tinted that it is a wonder you can see where you are going.

antonio.barra
antonio.barra

Sorry about the wall of text, but Wikipedia says he really helped the birth of the Internet... Quoted from Wikipedia, "Al Gore" article: "Internet pioneers Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn have also noted that, "as far back as the 1970s, Congressman Gore promoted the idea of high speed telecommunications as an engine for both economic growth and the improvement of our educational system. He was the first elected official to grasp the potential of computer communications to have a broader impact than just improving the conduct of science and scholarship [...] the Internet, as we know it today, was not deployed until 1983. When the Internet was still in the early stages of its deployment, Congressman Gore provided intellectual leadership by helping create the vision of the potential benefits of high speed computing and communication."

htp
htp

We are all deeply indebted to Al Gore for his marvelous invention! ;-)

z917183
z917183

Not only did he invent the internet, but he also invented electricity! ;)

mdurthaler
mdurthaler

Come on! If John McCain invented the Blackberry (he never said this :) ) of course then Al Gore invented the Internet. I was there at DARPA with him, personally saw it. He and I drew it on a napkin back in the mid-1970's when I was on leave from KI Sawyer AFB. Just ask my Shop Chief and anyone in the Orderly Room. (Of course, SAC became ACC in 1992 or so and KI is now closed ... but ... this can be verified!)

ben
ben

Heres the quote. "During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the internet." This is funny because the internet was around and in use before he ever took office.

Roc Riz
Roc Riz

According to the popular vote, Bush lost to Gore, 50,456,002 to 50,999,897. A margin of 1.5%. What "accountability" do you attribute to the only president appointed by the Supreme Court? He defunded the agencies that could have prevented the financial collapse, and he let 9/11 happen. Freedom did not flourish during the reign of King George. The Patriot Act saw to that.

mary.cornwell
mary.cornwell

Oh yes since he claims to have invented it. He should be president, then again, he probably won't win that election either...

jck
jck

Don't get me started on that smarmy, lazy-arse waste of water and carbon. I can't stand Tipper Gore. Enough said.

jdclyde
jdclyde

Gore said he "created" the internet, not "invented" it.

wolf13
wolf13

All Hail the Demigod GORE for imparting such a thing on us mere mortals!!

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Man, it is impossible to underestimate her invaluable contributions towards making the net safe for the children of parents who refuse to accept any responsibility for what their children do on the computers Mom and Dad negligently allowed the kids to install in their bedrooms.

pgit
pgit

The "Green Dam" of the music lyric world. Gore's a twofer...

AttackComputerWhiz
AttackComputerWhiz

Gore never said he "invented the Internet". He said he worked hard in Congress at its public birth to get the funding needed for expansion to the masses. Is Molly old enough to run?

Vgeek
Vgeek

I'm with you, Gore says he invented the internet, and a politicians job is to lie, so he gets my vote. Molly Wood is just too honest to be a politician!

Beoweolf
Beoweolf

He made it safe for Democracy. It is well on its way toward being completely "Patriotized"! Fits right in with Green Dam. Nothing like Moral equivalency to allow freedom to florish in all the corners of the world. Ya gott'a appreciate how he phased in "accountablity" and plugged all the Leaks during his administration. Besides, he whupped Big Al.

psmith
psmith

Naw...he didn't 'invent' the Internet..... ...but he did 'make up' Global Warming! That's 'virtually' as good.

jhudmon
jhudmon

What about Al Gore? After all, he invented the internet.

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