Tech issues a no-show at MTV-MySpace candidate event

Even though it was live-streamed, live-blogged, and live-polled, young voters at the "Closing Arguments" event in New York didn't touch upon the issues that govern the Web.

Caroline McCarthy/CNET News.com

NEW YORK--Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was the fourth and final presidential candidate to appear at the youth-focused "Closing Arguments" question-and-answer session, co-hosted by MySpace, MTV, and the Associated Press. And as with her predecessors--Republican candidates Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul and Democrat Barack Obama--Clinton, a senator from New York, was not asked to touch upon technology policy.

Net neutrality, piracy, and online privacy were barely mentioned (UPDATE: Ron Paul did briefly allude to his opposition to restrictions on Net use and online government snooping), and environmental and energy issues were only addressed peripherally as the vast majority of talk focused on the war in Iraq and the economy. But at the same time, the event itself was as Web 2.0 as they get.

Questions came from not only the studio audience, but also through MySpace and MTV News' Web sites. Candidates' responses were polled live through a widget on MySpace, using technology from Flektor, a start-up that MySpace parent company Fox Interactive Media acquired last year. And the event was live-streamed all over MySpace, MTV, and Associated Press Web properties.

So, commenters, I'll let you talk this one over: are young voters unaware of technology issues that will undoubtedly be shaped by whoever wins the presidency later this year? Or, with economic and national security issues at the forefront, does technology legitimately take a back burner?

Have at it.

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