by Brian Solis

Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce Mr. Michael Arrington, noted Web 2.0, and now, political pundit from the good state of California.

TechCrunch is officially hosting the Tech President Primaries hoping to take technology to the White House.

TC already has hosted discussions with Barack Obama, John McCain, John Edwards, Mitt Romney and Mike Gravel. They’re also in the process of scheduling discussions with all of the remaining candidates.

Arrington notes,

“We no longer live in an industrial economy – the future is information and the Internet. Our president must carefully consider her or his policies on key tech issues, something they’ve never really had to do before. What is their position on net neutrality? How will they bridge the digital divide? How do we handle technology sales to China and other countries using that technology to perpetrate human rights abuses? Should the Internet be taxed? How do we curb identity theft on the Internet? What is the future of intellectual property protection? How do we handle immigration issues for tech workers? How do we catch up with the rest of the world in the mobile Internet space? And what will we do to encourage research and productization in renewable energy?”

These are issues that get little attention from mainstream press (with the exception of renewable energy policies), but we think that they deserve to be considered as part of this election.”

I’ve watched his appearances on Fox and ABC and I have to say, I’m quite impressed. This is an incredible opportunity to increase visibility for important tech-related issues while also significantly boosting the branding of “Michael Arrington” and “TechCrunch.”

These are important times, and in turn, important discussions to help usher in the next President of the United States.

Julia Allison has nothing on Mike ;)

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About the Author:

Brian Solis

Brian Solis is principal at Altimeter Group, a research-based advisory firm. Solis is globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders and published authors in new media. A digital analyst, sociologist, and futurist, Solis has studied and influenced the effects of emerging media on business, marketing, publishing, and culture. His current book, Engage, is regarded as the industry reference guide for businesses to build and measure success in the social web.

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