That, and other news, in today’s Roundup and Recap.
Apple’s unveiling of the iPad this morning, the anticipation of which was akin to a rocket launch, has dominated the news cycle. Should the White House be worried about being upstaged on the day of the president’s State of the Union address?
William Saletan writes on Slate, “This isn’t Obama’s fault. It’s just the way the world is going: Technology, as a driver of social change, is overtaking politics.”
He adds, “Will the Apple tablet overshadow Obama? I don’t know. But here’s my bet: If January 2010 ends up being remembered for a political speech, it won’t be Obama’s. It’ll be the speech Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered Thursday. Clinton denounced Internet censorship around the world as an “information curtain” akin to the Iron Curtain of the Soviet era. She championed the “freedom to connect”—an updated, online version of freedom of assembly. And she outlined a place for politics in the march of information technology. “On their own, new technologies do not take sides in the struggle for freedom and progress,” she observed. “But the United States does. We stand for a single internet where all of humanity has equal access to knowledge and ideas.””
George Shultz, William Perry, Henry Kissinger, Sam Nunn and Arnold Schwarzengger are hosting a screening of “Nuclear Tipping Point” at AMC Citywalk Cinemas. The pic features Shulz, Perry, Kissinger and Nunn sharing their experiences that led them to write Wall Street Journal op-eds in support of a world free of nuclear weapons. The movie is produced by the Nuclear Security Project.