Kara Swisher

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Post-Election, CrunchGov’s Ferenstein Talks About What’s Up Next for Tech and Politics

Even though the results are not in yet, no matter who wins in this most contentious and dead-heat of elections, what happens afterwards is something to start thinking about for the tech sector.

The many issues outstanding in the months and years ahead for Silicon Valley include privacy, immigration, piracy, open Internet, cyber-security, intellectual property and much more. And there’s no question that regulatory issues and tech policy are only going to become more complex.

Thus, I had a little pre-election chitchat with TechCrunch’s Greg Ferenstein, who recently launched a new project called CrunchGov, about it all. According to Ferenstein’s post on the nascent tech policy platform, it “includes a political leaderboard that grades politicians based on how they vote on tech issues, a light legislative database of technology policy, and a public markup utility for crowdsourcing the best ideas on pending legislation.”

And, more to the point, as the site also notes, it’s an “attempt at helping policymakers become better listeners, and technologists to be more effective citizens.”

Would that is were so.

In any case, here’s my video interview of Ferenstein talking about CrunchGov and what’s ahead for tech and politics:

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik