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Sunday, April 17, 2005
 
COMPETITION IN CYBERSPACE [ UPDATED]

One rap that liberal critics have had on the Bush administration is that they have been " anti-science ". I would say that deferring to the wackier religious right fringe on a few hot button social issues that are really scientific in nature and a narrow national security focus that sees power primarily in traditional military terms rather than also in the economic dimension, is a more accurate description.

Nonetheless, this myopia is going to hurt the U.S. economy in the long run if Bush administration policies regarding visas for foreign grad and doctoral students and biotech research are not modified or reversed. To that we must now add the realm of cyberspace where it is argued that U.S. is falling behind where we once blazed the trail.

ADDENDUM: Stuart Berman, a tech specialist, has a presentation in the works on globalization, Dr. Barnett's PNM theory and Cyber security.

UPDATE: TM Lutas says Foreign affairs is economically illiterate ( Hat tip to Matt in the comments)
 
Comments:
The Foeign Affairs article is foolish. TM Lutas has already done the legwork in dismantling it, but long story short is that comparing high-speed network prevalency in Japan and the US is comparing apples and oranges, if only because of the vast difference in population density and geographic distribution.

-- Matt McIntosh
 
TM Lutas is right on.

I also have to wonder about the rest of the global 'stats' - they come across as self serving.

I was recently in Europe where I noticed that broadband was fairly rare in good sized towns in France, or expensive in good sized towns in Germany.

Broadband technologies are growing well in the U.S. New alternatives such as fixed-point wireless are being available, cities of all sizes have good coverage, and people consider more rural areas as broadband coverage is becoming more common.

The article also seems to be saying that the Bush administration is somehow trying to hamper broadband adoption - I certainly can't see any evidence of this. Broadband will not be adopted any sooner because the President mentions it more often in his speeches. Expect to see increased adoption as our economy rebounds and recovers from the dot com bubble burst economy that Bush inherited.

The only inhibitor on the horizon is the rising security threat posed by Internet connectivity and the concerns over privacy and identity theft.
 
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