What we're seeing in the vaccination rollout is similar to what we saw with the breakdowns of providing remote learning to school-aged students [...] where we as a country are just not fully prepared to migrate our government services to an all-digital platform.
We have become so dependent on technology — we use it for our groceries, we tap into it for our health care. And these companies have created a new stream of jobs, as we’ve seen other industries disrupted over the course of not just the pandemic, but the last few years. [...] We’re missing opportunities when we dismiss the potential of technology, not just from a consumption standpoint, but from a production and development standpoint.
There's been more scrutiny on the part of the Senate to go very far back in their pasts to find what they believe to be unscrupulous or inappropriate behavior [...] The real concern with some of the digging into people's personal lives, prior to when they had formative opinions about issues, has a lot to do with whether or not the Senate is fully willing to embrace (the agenda) Biden has put forth.
Clearly we do not want technological glitches to get in the way to fully implement a national vaccination plan. I think [the] government needs to really think about how to overhaul systems so it can accommodate what has essentially become the new normal, which is online. The tech issues around booking vaccines is in contrast with how swiftly the world has shifted to virtual accommodations in other areas over the last 10 months. We've done a tremendous job keeping people somewhat connected during the pandemic for shopping and education, but we’re not doing a really good job when it comes to the deployment of technology when it comes to public goods. My heart is breaking for these seniors.
"I would see [Kamala Harris] in support of transparency and visibility of Big Tech practices and pushing for more anti-discrimination frameworks and potentially putting in place regulation if it means more competition for small businesses."