Bob Dole Stands on Technology and Internet Issues
Should be the Technology Leader of the World
Bob Dole has long been a supporter of policies that foster innovation and
entrepreneurship. He understands that the United States must remain the
technological leader of the world.
Bob Dole recognizes the opportunities that the Internet and interactive media
can provide American citizens to express their ideas, enhance individual
liberty, and create and engage in electronic commerce. The openness and decentralized
nature of the Internet demands a new approach to policy making that recognizes
the unique characteristics of this new medium.
Bill Clinton Wants to Put "Big
Brother" in Your Computer
Bill Clinton believes in bureaucratic micro-management of the information
- Within his first 100 days
as President, Bill Clinton proposed the Clipper Chip -- a secret
government-controlled encryption algorithm -- and a companion key escrow
system where two government agencies would hold a copy of the keys for every
Clipper user. Since then Bill Clinton has released updated versions of
encryption proposals which insist that the government hold a key to
individual's private data communications.
- The Clinton
Administration's Internet Task Force has proposed legislation that would
reduce the rights of users of copyrighted material if that information is
used on the Internet. Their infamous "NII White Paper" ignored
important court decisions which balance the rights of information users
with those of information creators.
Bob Dole Will Protect the Constitutional
Liberty of Internet Users
Bob Dole is concerned about children accessing unsuitable material when
using the Internet. But strict censorship of the Internet is not the
answer. Bob Dole believes that parents should take responsibility for the
material that their children view, and he wants to encourage technology
which allows those decisions to be made within each home.
Throughout his Senate career, Bob Dole has fought to protect the
Constitutional liberty of Americans:
- Bob Dole is a supporter of
the Pro-CODE bill that limits the federal government's control of
encryption and user keys. It permits the export of software that includes
encryption if the software is easily available in this country.
- Bob Dole strongly supports
the observations made in the recent National Research Council report that
widespread use of encryption to promote information security outweighs the
difficulties encrypted communications place on law enforcement. Economic
espionage from foreign countries and companies is a serious threat, and
Bob Dole believes Americans should have the right to guard themselves
- Bob Dole supported the
Senate hearings on Internet copyright laws. The hearings provided
suggestions from information creators, Internet and on-line service
providers, librarians and Internet users on developing compromises that
balance the rights and needs of all participants.
- Bob Dole fought for
provisions in the Telecommunications Act of 1996 that encourage parents to
take responsibility for the Internet material which their children view.
- Bob Dole helped pass the
Bayh-Dole act of 1980 which helped create the biotechnology industry by
allowing inventions from federal research dollars to be commercially
As President, Bob Dole will:
- Promote policies that
ensure that the United States remains the world leader in technological
- Reject heavy-handed
big-government regulations of cyberspace.
- Promote policies that
preserve and advance the openness and decentralization of computer-based
- Preserve and protect
American citizens' right to privacy and the need for secure
A Better America
With Bob Dole as President, the United States will once again be the
world's technology leader. Americans will have the freedom to use the
Internet without governmental intrusion. He believes the American people
know best how to manage their own lives and their own computers.
opportunities. Smaller government. Stronger and safer families
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