Respondents want less government control over their actions, such as Internet gambling, and expect President Obama to honor his campaign pledges.
An unscientific online study by the White House shows US residents want more personal freedom, including the right to choose either to play at online casinos or smoke pot. Respondents want less government control over their actions, such as Internet gambling, and expect President Obama to honor his campaign pledges.
The survey, which drew over 125,000 participants, showed the legalization of marijuana as the top issue on US minds. Legalizing online gambling qualified as the top technological issue for residents.
The Citizen’s Briefing Book is a continuation of the change.gov setup Obama used during his campaign to publish his thoughts on the Internet, as well as accept input from voters. Several of the top technology points relate to promises the President made while running for office.
Obama used change.gov last fall to assert one of his important goals is to “protect the Internet’s traditional openness to innovation and creativity and ensure that it remains a platform for free speech and innovation that will revitalize our democracy.” This position is clearly important to voters, naming legal Internet gaming as the first technological imperative, and Internet neutrality as the second.
“The administration can show it’s commitment by working with the new Congress and FCC to pass laws that make Net Neutrality the cornerstone to protecting innovation, free speech and choice on the Internet,” says the issue which virtually tied with online poker as most desired tech policy.
John Pappas, executive director of the Poker Players Alliance, says he’s not surprised online gaming finished so highly. “There is a very vocal community out there…through our website last year, over 80,000 letters were sent to Congress in support of licensing and regulating Internet poker,” he said.
Libertarians thinking of other issues of freedom remind the President that, as a candidate, he said, “The war on drugs has been an utter failure. We need to rethink and decriminalize our marijuana laws.”