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Pete Buttigieg on Technology

Democratic Presidential Challenger; IN Mayor

 


Empower federal regulators to deal with tech giants

Buttigieg on Tech Competition & Antitrust: We need to empower federal regulators first.

Buttigieg has argued that before they can even contemplate break-ups, enforcers at the Federal Trade Commission & Department of Justice need to be better empowered. That may mean more resources, staff or statutory authority. "We're going to need to empower the FTC to be able to intervene, including blocking or reversing mergers in cases where there's anticompetitive behavior by tech companies," Buttigieg said.

Source: Politico "2020Dems on the Issues" , Jul 17, 2019

As mayor: major investment in data and technology industries

Pete is in his 8th and final year as Mayor of South Bend. Pete was first elected mayor in 2011 at only 29 years old and re-elected in 2015 with 80% of the vote.

Under his leadership, South Bend has reimagined its role in the global economy, spurring job growth & major investment in advanced industries such as data and technology. At the same time, Pete emphasized building a South Bend community where every resident--regardless of race, religion, gender, or orientation--could feel safe and included.

Source: 2020 Presidential Campaign website PeteForAmerica.com , May 2, 2019

Automation is changing the workplace; we need to adapt

We got to be honest about the fact that for every job and manufacturing that has been lost as a consequence of trade, there are several more that have been lost as a result of technology and automation. And that's not going to change. Manufacturing can continue to grow stronger in this country, but it's going to be less labor intensive, less human beings on the floor per dollar of output. And that's why we need policies that can get ahead of the economic shifts to come and recognize that our generation's not going to be able to count as our parents' generation often did on the idea of a single relationship with a single employer or a couple employers across the course of your entire career.
Source: CNN Town Hall 2020 Democratic primary , Apr 22, 2019

Infrastructure upgrade of sewer system needed in South Bend

At best, the sewer upgrade that I'm going to have to do is $500 million, so it is literally equivalent to the value of all of the city's assets. We talk about a Green New Deal? There could be, almost, a New Deal-level investment just in mid-western sewer separation. And, by the way, water quality, too, as we learned in Flint.
Source: NYMag.com, "Talk With Buttigieg," on 2020 Democratic primary , Feb 14, 2019

Set up 311 phone system for easier contact to city services

Old-fashioned local government is notoriously full of seat-of-the-pants operations. No one could tell me, when I took office, how much it costs to fill in a pothole, or how many times we missed a trash pickup in a given week. If a problem arose, I would hear about it only when someone contacted a council member to complain, or wrote a letter to the newspaper.

Fresh from a job in management consulting, I had promised during the campaign to set up a 311 system, so residents wouldn't have to figure out the relevant department in order to report a pothole or get a streetlight fixed. When the 311 center opened, we gained something more valuable than a new mechanism for customer service; for the first time, South Bend had a central, constantly updated data set on what people were calling about. Using that data, the city was able to make countless operational improvements, from cutting the time it took to get a pick-up by our trash crews, to simplifying the way residents paid their water bills.

Source: Shortest Way Home, by Pete Buttigieg, p.185-6 , Feb 12, 2019

Created city data map of infrastructure and road assets

My administration created the first objective asset map of the city, cataloging the quantity and quality of streets, fire hydrants, signs, and anything else in a public right-of-way. This work even included an app, to scan the conditions of the road and report cracks, potholes, and other deterioration.

Thinking back to his youth on the street department, one councilman was skeptical. "You have this technology to tell you which streets need repair," he said. "But if your foreman's any good, he ought to already know that off the top of his head!" Admittedly, the councilman had a point. One of the reasons we had qualified, experienced individuals in organizations is to use their intuition and expertise to solve problems.

For all the power that data analysis represents, it also has its limitations, and the potential for mischief. You might spend lots of time and resources gathering data that will never be used, or accumulate data that winds up telling you things you already know.

Source: Shortest Way Home, by Pete Buttigieg, p.188-9 , Feb 12, 2019

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2020 Presidential Democratic Primary Candidates:
Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Larry Hogan (D-MD)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Rep.Beto O`Rourke (D-TX)
Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Adm.Joe Sestak (D-PA)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Rep.Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

2020 GOP and Independent Candidates:
Rep.Justin Amash (Libertarian-MI)
Howie Hawkins (Green-NY)
Gov.John Kasich (R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence (R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
CEO Howard Schultz (I-WA)
Pres.Donald Trump (R-NY)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
V.C.Arvin Vohra (Libertarian-MD)
Gov.Bill Weld (R-MA&L-NY)

2020 Withdrawn Candidates:
State Rep.Stacey Abrams (D-GA)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
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