"Oracle supports corruption", read the placard brandished by one of 30 or so protestors. The protest was actually aimed at ex-president Bill Clinton who opened Oracle AppsWorld in New Orleans last week.
Despite being embroiled yet again in controversy, this time over his pardon of fraudster Marc Rich, Clinton was well received by the 5000 delegates who turned up to hear him. Asking a rhetorical question - what is the role of government in the IT sector? - his answer was to establish conditions and give people the tools to make the most of their own lives. With this in mind he said, it was important that the government continue fiscal responsibility, driving down debt and keeping inflation low. He also said that there should be a dramatic increase in R&D by the government.
Referring to recent increases in H1B visas to allow more IT workers into the US, Clinton said by raising the visa fee the government had been able to apply it to training US citizens in IT. He said he believes more should be done to get people into lifetime learning patterns.
Apart from fiscal responsiblity, research and education and training, Clinton also backed free trade.