[SIGCIS-Members] Email "inventor" claimant to run for U.S. Senate -- alternative facts about technology and democracy collide
Andrew Meade McGee
amm5ae at virginia.edu
Sat Feb 25 10:27:52 PST 2017
Thanks for those reminders, Sarah. The way that in both instances tech
business backgrounds proved the basis of their candidacies is fascinating.
It will be interesting to see how the media covers (and hopefully dissects)
Ayyadurai's claims now that he has thrown his hat into the ring of public
scrutiny. I may have to forward some of Tom H.'s pieces to political
journalists in the Bay State.
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Andrew Meade McGee
Corcoran Department of History
University of Virginia
PO Box 400180 - Nau Hall
Charlottesville, VA 22904
On Sat, Feb 25, 2017 at 12:26 PM, Sarah T. Roberts <sarah.roberts at ucla.edu>
> - Carly Fiorina, folks. She just spoke at CPAC.
> - Meg Whitman, eBay. Lost CA gubernatorial election.
> Both Republicans. Both lost (obviously).
> Any chance we could discuss this Ayyadurai matter at the meeting next
> Guy's playing the long game, obviously.
> With thanks,
> S a r a h T. R o b e r t s, P h. D.
> Assistant Professor
> University of California, Los Angeles
> Department of Information Studies
> Graduate School of Education & Information Studies
> Blogging periodically at
> On Feb 25, 2017, at 9:18 AM, Andrew Meade McGee <amm5ae at virginia.edu>
> Thanks for this suggestion, Debbie. I will look into this Massie fellow
> with great interest -- it would be fascinating to see how a technology
> background would shape an incredibly retail politics level of campaigning
> like for the House.
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> Andrew Meade McGee
> Corcoran Department of History
> University of Virginia
> PO Box 400180 - Nau Hall
> Charlottesville, VA 22904
> On Sat, Feb 25, 2017 at 11:41 AM, Deborah Douglas <ddouglas at mit.edu>
>> 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
>> Debbie Douglas
>> On Feb 25, 2017, at 10:41 AM, Andrew Meade McGee <amm5ae at virginia.edu>
>> 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?
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>> 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.
>>> 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.
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