Ecclesiastical and technological voting guides
During election years, churches regularly provide voting guides to help remind Christian candidates of moral issues that imply certain political platforms. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops produces one that typically gets some media attention. The National Council of Churches also produces a voting guide, which I had never seen before.
Last week, the Washington Post delivered a digital voting guide that sketched the technology policies of each candidate. John McCain and Hillary Clinton have no articulated policy and, unsurprisingly, Ron Paul feels the federal government ought not have a policy on principle. Mike Huckabee seems to have a muddled but positive policy supporting net neutrality.
Barack Obama seems to have the fullest technology policy and has gone out of his way to speak at Google.
Also, Meta Filter provides a list of the web server software that the candidates are running. Of the presently-running candidates, only Obama and Paul are completely using Free Software. McCain and Huckabee run hybrid proprietary and free systems. Clinton runs all-proprietary.
I’m not expecting the NCC or the USCCB to add this to their voting guides anytime soon. However, technology presents moral issues to which Christian voters ought attend. Supporting free software, net neutrality and opposing telecom immunity would be among these.