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Leo Laporte voted 'President of the Internet' in mock election

TechRepublic's mock election for "President of the Internet" has concluded and the winner with over 40% of the vote is veteran technology commentator Leo Laporte. See the full election results.

TechRepublic's mock election for "President of the Internet" has concluded and the winner with over 40% of the vote, and a decisive victory margin of over nine percentage points, is veteran technology commentator Leo Laporte. Here are the official results:

  • Leo Laporte 40.7% (3773 votes)
  • Molly Wood 31.5% (2926 votes)
  • Mark Andreessen 23.8% (2212 votes)
  • Jason Calacanis 4.0% (369 votes)

Second place finisher Molly Wood closed a lot of ground in the final days of the election. At the mid-point of the election, she was a distant second, trailing Laporte by over 25 percentage points. However, her fans rallied to her support. One fan produced a campaign Web site for Molly and others produced YouTube videos showing their support. That enabled her to close Laporte's final victory margin to single digits (9.2%).

The leading vote-getter among the write-in candidates with 32 votes was Tim Berners-Lee, the MIT professor who is most often credited with founding the World Wide Web and remains one of the preeminent thought-leaders for both the Internet and the Web.

Of course, now the question is, "If Leo Laporte were actually elected President of the Internet, what would his cabinet look like?" Look for more on that issue over the next week.

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19 comments
anthony.cullen
anthony.cullen

Like the so called World Series of Baseball this only involved the USA .... laughable!

geo
geo

If this were to happen it would change the internet forever. First of all you would have to have a Mac because the internet would be Mac only. (How many times have you heard: "If you had a Mac, but oh you are using Windows...") And everyone would have to purchase Parallels so they could run Windows programs, because lets face it, it's impossible to do without Windows programs no matter who the president is. (?`?._.?ns??v??._.???)

bratwizard
bratwizard

Leo Laporte? Really? Not Stephen Colbert? The election must have been rigged.

Regulus
Regulus

Obviously, the Ayatollah hasn't heard about this yet...;-)

jck
jck

Even in the IT world, people vote for the well-known face of celebrity rather than the most educated, qualified person. Of course much like politics of late, the pool choice of candidates was not too great. Oh well...life goes on.

HomeShop
HomeShop

Did anyone count all the e-chads?

Bravo10
Bravo10

Leo Laporte in my opinion, over the many years I have watched him. Has an extremely style easy for the newbie to understand. There are others out there that do what Leo does, but in my opinion his clarity of topic suites me very well.

jdclyde
jdclyde

Did you look into the INTENT of the voter to make sure they really intended to vote for who they voted for? :p Long live Leo. My biggest point of interest, who would be in charge of security/national defense?

linuxkg100
linuxkg100

yes i think Leo Laporte should be the president of the internet. He very knowledgeable, and has the experience.

wbranch
wbranch

Cap and Trade on bandwidth? Youtube Czar? Social Networking Stimulus Bills? Pets.com bailout money? The mind reels with the possibilities. I think it's for the best that there is no government of the Internet...although, didn't Al Gore found the internet, so shouldn't he be the de-facto President...?

wbranch
wbranch

I guess the easy joke to make would be instituting a Value Added Tax to all operating systems, instantly making Windows the cheapest OS on the market...

Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

a nice dark wood, probably mahogany, with a a decent computer inside housing a good AI.

susanai-22169053899661078984272886566109
susanai-22169053899661078984272886566109

I am 58 yo now and started on my 1st computer about 3 years ago, thank god for Leo. He got me over that 'petrified, I might fry the thing' hurdle and into "let's try this and this etc., out". Love the man.

redmist
redmist

I couldn't find my original reply. Must've been deleted. Point being we don't need or want an Internet president. Ron Paul (R-TX) would be perfect for the job as he would leave us alone. Technology will work itself out, and he would protect us from those who would require us to pay taxes, use certain hardware or software or comply with congressional edicts. Would anyone else have the lack of ego to do that?

jsaubert
jsaubert

We need better stat counters! Give us 50 Million! Help! Google is only handling 97.5% of searches! Bail us out! 100 Million will do! Oh on, eBay is gaining sales! Lets tax it!

bettonirm
bettonirm

They are too big and important to let fail. 700 million to keep them running(with govenment control).

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