And the nominees are....
Barack Obama has a nice-looking technology plan at his campaign site, a chunk of which is devoted to the appointment and responsibilities of a "the nation's first Chief Technology Officer (CTO) to ensure that our government and all its agencies have the right infrastructure, policies and services for the 21st century."
Who would make a good national CTO? Why? (question shamelessly lifted from Jeff Jarvis; one of his commenters replies, "Anyone under the age of 25.")
Is this even a good idea in the first place?
It's hard to look at the long line of federal IT disasters and think otherwise.
More on the job as described by Obama: "The CTO will ensure the safety of our networks...[and] use [of] best-in-class technologies and share best practices...have a specific focus on transparency...focus on using new technologies to solicit and receive information back from citizens to improve the functioning of democratic government...ensure technological interoperability of key government functions."