Election 2012

How Do the Presidential Candidates Stand on Tech Issues?

A little surprising, really


Technology topics can mark a rare bipartisan area of political agreement: Both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama say they would make cybersecurity a priority, and both like to talk up government funding of basic research.

If you look a bit more closely, however, differences emerge. They're perhaps most marked over federal regulation, where the two major parties have long-standing disagreements, but also exist on topics like WikiLeaks, copyright legislation, and whether to levy a new tax on broadband providers.

Keep reading for CNET's 2012 Tech Voters' Guide, in which we highlight where the four candidates—we've also included Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party's nominee, and Jill Stein, the Green Party's nominee—stand on some of the technology topics that you, our readers, have told us matter to you the most.