I must admit to having little patience with techno-cretins. I try to be polite but there are just times when some little thing makes me wish I had my own nukes. The best example comes from the days when VCRs became popular. I would visit someone's home and there it was, flashing 12:00 at me. For some reason, this drove me crazy because not only was it annoying, it meant the VCR's owners could not be bothered to learn how to make their machine record programs while they were out—which was the main reason to own one, after all. They would rather have a flashing light in front of them than read the sixteen instructions needed to get their machine to function. I actually told several people that I thought that anyone who wouldn't set their VCRs' clock was too lazy and ignorant to be allowed to vote. (So now you know how I get the reputation for being a bit harsh.)
Anyway, it's nice to know Kovacs of Mozilla thinks that anyone who cannot communicate with the Internet is unfit to govern.
Mozilla CEO: 30,000,000 not nerds, get online or get out of govt!
Published: 12 March, 2012, 15:33
The increasing role the internet plays in life clearly shows that being familiar with the media is a sine qua non condition for policymakers, believes Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs.
The head of the top IT player was speaking on the impact of anti-piracy protests in January, which resulted in the controversial SOPA/PIPA bills being shelved. Mozilla was among the internet giants that campaigned against the bills, reports National Journal weekly.
"We enabled 30 million people to take action. Thirty million people are not nerds. Thirty million people are citizens," Kovacs said in a speech at the annual South by Southwest conference in Austin.
The websites that launched a protest blackout against the bills “lubricated” communication between citizens and their representatives, he argued. Entertainment industry giants, who sponsored the bills, accused the tech sector of using fear-mongering through misinformation of the online community to drown the legislation.
Kovacs says the controversy was largely because too many people in power do not understand how the internet works, even though it has become a way of life for billions of people in the world.
"If you don't understand the internet, you don't have any place in government," he said.
He added that he is amazed when members of Congress express a desire to hire staffers who "understand" the internet.
"It's not something you learn, or hire someone for. It has to be the way you live your life," he said. more