Election Angles

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2004-11-02 Print this article Print

Popular political blog Talking Points Memo went offline for about three hours on Election Day because of server problems. It was back up and reporting exit polls by about 5 p.m. EST. Page after page of news stories stacked up in search-engine listings on the Internet. Google Inc.s news collator page reported that 2,872 pages were primed with election coverage. Few angles of stories were left untouched. CNN.com, for instance, reported that Nevada officials wanted to improve voter confidence in the states electronic voting machines. So, officials sought out local expert help: the people who test slot machines for fairness and reliability.
Some sites looked toward the end of the election, or more to the evening hours. In Portland, Ore., Kari Chisholms BlueOregon blog pointed to a long list of local, Democratic post-election parties, as well as providing the location of the Republican party, "in the spirit of bipartisanship." In society-conscious New York, however, the New York Posts coverage pointed toward the best "viewing party" to make the scene (or be seen), such as the one at The Park, where Jon Stewart and the "Daily Show" correspondents will conclude their live "Indecision 2004" wrap-up broadcast. Of course, concerns over the correct functioning of electronic voting machines filled the Web before the election as well as on the day. To avoid using the machines, many voters filled out provisional paper ballots Tuesday. Here is a selection of eWEEK.com articles on e-voting and the reliability of electronic voting technology:
  • Casting a Vote for Paper Ballots
  • Digital Chads: E-Voting Errors Almost Inevitable
  • E-Voting: Its Security, Stupid
  • Making Voting a Simpler Exercise
  • Diebold Debacle Signals Need for a Paper Trail Meanwhile, the outcome of the election will define the direction for a number of issues important to the technology industry: outsourcing policy, the way stock options are treated by corporations, and intellectual property rights. According to the results of an eWEEK.com poll taken on Election Day, a majority (44 percent) of respondents said a vote for John Kerry would be best for IT. President Bush received a 36 percent score, while 19 percent of respondents said there is no difference between their policies for the IT market. Here is a selection of articles on politics intersection with IT:
  • Is Bush Good for the Tech Worker?
  • Site Blockage Shows Bush Team Doesnt Get It
  • Kerry Grasps Potential of Tech, Backer Says
  • Techs Capitol Hill Hurdles Editors Note: Libe Goad provided additional reporting for this story. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis of technologys impact on government and politics.

    Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for eWEEK.com, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for eWEEK.com. Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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