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Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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10/31/2014 | 12:39:15 PM
Attention span
"I have yet to see a campaign ad that features one candidate bashing the other's position on critical infrastructure protection, breach notification, or any other IT-focused issue."

I think it's because the American public isn't paying attention and doesn't care. Therefore, politicians don't expend time talking about these topics.

I believe part of the fault for that indifference lies with the tech press -- we write for our own community and, I think, do a poor job translating tech into terms that a typical person not only can easily grasp, but in a way that ties tech to their real lives -- the "WHY does this matter."
asksqn
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asksqn,
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11/3/2014 | 1:48:10 PM
Excellent Questions
The reason we haven't seen any substantive discussion of the issues the writer has voiced is simply because the average politician has no clue about digital matters/infrastructure beyond usage of the words.  Further, by its own admission, the Supreme Court of the United States of America also has no clue as to technology beyond using email, yet these are the same nine people who are responsible for interpreting laws based on cell phone searches and encryption!  
Hord
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Hord,
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11/3/2014 | 2:12:40 PM
Re: Attention span
Good points Lorna.  We do talk to our own community much more than the actual business community.  It is not because we don't try though.  It is difficult to get on the agendas in non-IT events and I think there are several reasons they don't want to hear from us.  I think part of it is continual denial of the impacts and problems and the historical view of us as the "nerds" whom they cant understand. When we do talk with then, we scare them. We should all be working on that.

It is hard for them to say they don't know or understand though, because the breaches are on front page most every day.  You can't find a TV show or movie that doesn't has a computer angle. We just have to keep beating the drums.  It is changing before our very eyes; it just isn't fast enough.

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Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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11/3/2014 | 2:31:32 PM
Re: Attention span
The breach example is spot on, and there are plenty of other ways tech affects the average person's life and wallet. What are some shows you would like to speak at? Where could we start spreading the message?


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