Senator M. Michael Rounds gets someone to tweet for him a picture of his meeting with the Digital Dialogue Forum this morning in Washington, D.C. Taking advantage of this opportunity to talk tech policy would be a remarkable change for a man who, as Governor, hardly considered e-mail worth his attention and who, as a Senate candidate, said he was too busy “working” to engage voters via social media.
But having breakfast with the Digital Dialogue Forum would not represent a change in Senator Rounds’s all-corporations all-the-time politics. The DDF is a tech industry lobby that “helps policymakers understand industry concerns and priorities.” Not citizen concerns, not ways to promote community engagement, voting, and democracy with information technology, just ways to “promote e-commerce.”
Sprint, Oracle, Yahoo, Visa, Amazon… I hope you had a nice breakfast, Senator Rounds. Thanks for thinking of us, for a moment, with your tweet.