Jill Stein on Technology

Green Party presidential nominee; Former Challenger for MA Governor


Demilitarize outer space; don't privatize outer space

Q: What should America's national goals be for space exploration?

STEIN: We recognize the inspiration provided by space exploration and so we support:

  1. the peaceful exploration of space
  2. space-based systems to monitor environmental conditions on Earth
  3. measures to ensure that space technology benefits all the people of Earth
Space exploration requires cooperation between many nations. The US can lead international collaboration without privatizing outer space or turning over space science & exploration efforts to corporations. Here are steps we will take:
  • Funding STEM education and forgiving student debt of STEM scholars
  • signing of the International Treaty for the Demilitarization of Space.
  • Ensuring scientists, not corporate or military interests, are driving the space exploration & science agenda
  • Ensure funding of pure research, for the benefit of all humanity & our planet.
  • Work closely with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)..
    Source: ScienceDebate.org: 20 questions for 2016 presidential race , Oct 9, 2016

    Negotiate an international treaty banning cyberwarfare

    Q: What steps will you take to protect vulnerable infrastructure and institutions from cyber attack, while protecting personal privacy on electronic devices and the internet?

    JILL STEIN: The Internet and the access to information it provides is an extremely important resource for the entire world. Here is how we will protect and improve the Internet:

    CLINTON: I will make it clear that the United States will treat cyberattacks just like any other attack. We will be ready with serious political, economic and military responses and we will invest in protecting our governmental networks and national infrastructure.

    Source: ScienceDebate.org: 20 questions for 2016 presidential race , Oct 9, 2016

    Make science policy more democratic & responsive to citizens

    Q: Many scientific advances require long-term investment to fund research over a period of longer than the two year terms that govern political cycles. How will you balance long-term funding?

    JILL STEIN: Presidents are able to affect long term R&D priorities by creating institutions focused on research like the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health that are to some extent insulated from short-term political cycles. We will revisit these institutions--their charge, focus, and operations--to ensure that they're performing as expected. We will look for opportunities and mechanisms whereby science policy can be made more democratic, and more responsive to the preferences and needs of average citizens.

    CLINTON: I share the concerns of the science and technology community that the US is underinvesting in research. Federal funding of basic research amounts to less than 1% of annual federal spending, yet it is an investment that pays big dividends.

    Source: ScienceDebate.org: 20 questions for 2016 presidential race , Oct 9, 2016

    Green New Deal for efficient public transportation

    The economic and climate crises can be solved together, with a Green New Deal--an emergency WWII-style mobilization to revive the economy, turn the tide on climate change, and make wars for oil obsolete. It creates 20 million jobs to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2030. It creates efficient public transportation and local sustainable food systems, repairs critical infrastructure, and restores ecosystems. It immediately ends all new fossil fuel infrastructure, exploration and extraction-- including fracking, offshore drilling, extraction on public lands and in the Arctic. And it creates a planned, orderly transition to a decentralized, democratically controlled energy system, including public ownership of energy resources and infrastructure.

    The Green New Deal will fund itself through massive health savings by ending pollution and improving food quality, with military savings from making wars for oil obsolete, and with savings from reductions in the cost of energy.

    Source: Green Party response to 2016 State of the Union speech , Jan 12, 2016

    Renew our infrastructure and assure everyone has a job

    Q: Your top planks in your platform?

    STEIN: So, our top plank really is a Green New Deal to transform our economy to a green economy, 100 percent wind, water and sun by the year 2030--we can do it; this is an emergency, and we must do it--but to use that as an opportunity to put America back to work, to renew our infrastructure and to basically assure that everyone has a job. That's another key plank of our Power to the People Plan, that it ensures economic rights for everyone--the right to a job, the right to complete healthcare through a Medicare for All, improved Medicare-for-All plan; that we ensure the right to quality education, from preschool through college, and that includes free public higher education and abolishing student debt.

    Source: Democracy Now interviews of 2016 presidential hopefuls , Jun 22, 2015

    4 million people wrote to FCC to preserve net neutrality

    Q: How are you getting the word out?

    STEIN: There are groups and key activists who really understand the necessity of having a political voice. The presidential debate is going to frame people's thinking, for better or worse. And we want to be in there fighting. And it may come in through the alternative media channels. It may come in through social media. But that's how we successfully fought back privatization of the internet.

    Q: I don't think you accomplished that; there's a big division amongst monopolies on this question: the Googles and the Netflixes--there's very big sections of capital.

    STEIN: But it wasn't going to happen without us. It was really important. And FCC got some 4 million letters, which were, like, 99% to preserve net neutrality. We have the numbers. What we don't have is the conviction and the infrastructure to use that power. And what we want to do in our campaign is to flick that switch in our brains from powerlessness to powerfulness.

    Source: TRNN: The Real News Network 2015 interview of Jill Stein , Feb 16, 2015

    No government policing of the internet

    Q: Should the federal government regulate the internet to deter online piracy?

    A: No, and enact legislation preventing any level of government policing the internet

    Source: Presidential comparison website www.iSideWith.com , May 16, 2012

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