[SIGCIS-Members] Email "inventor" claimant to run for U.S. Senate -- alternative facts about technology and democracy collide

Deborah Douglas ddouglas at mit.edu
Sat Feb 25 08:41:38 PST 2017


Depending on how liberal a definition of software industry one uses, another example is:

Tom Massie, now a Representative from Kentucky, invented PHANTOM while at MIT (he won the Lemelson Student Prize for this) and founded SensAbleTechnologies.  

http://lemelson.mit.edu/winners/thomas-massie
http://www.xconomy.com/boston/2012/05/17/from-mit-entrepreneur-to-tea-party-leader-the-thomas-massie-story/
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2012/11/meet-representative-thomas-massie-constitutional-conservative-mit-pedigree
https://massie.house.gov/about

Debbie Douglas


On Feb 25, 2017, at 10:41 AM, Andrew Meade McGee <amm5ae at virginia.edu>
 wrote:

> As a follow up to Ayyadurai's candidacy  -- have there been any previous instances of people who identify with the software industry running for major political office in the United states or internationally? 
> 
> --Andrew
> 
> -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
> Andrew Meade McGee
> Corcoran Department of History
> University of Virginia
> PO Box 400180 - Nau Hall
> Charlottesville, VA 22904
> 
> On Sat, Feb 25, 2017 at 10:37 AM, Andrew Meade McGee <amm5ae at virginia.edu> wrote:
> Continuing with the ongoing saga of V. A. Shiva and his claims regarding the invention of e-mail, that gentleman has just announced his candidacy for the United States Senate. 
> 
> https://twitter.com/va_shiva/status/835420061993218048
> 
> As several SIGCIS contributors noted earlier this month, this nicely parallels the upcoming SHOT themes of technology and democracy. "Alternate facts" about the history of technology will play a major public element of this campaign next year. 
> 
> --Andrew
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