Network World Has an Interesting exploration on all the connections between Cisco and the John McCain campaign. Liberals often worry about the influence of corporations on policy-making when the reality is that policy-making are often directly done by the private sector. I saw this first-hand with groups such as the NIAC. Now obviously one could make a case that the private sector should be making policy because "the government," (never mind the revolving door between private sector and public sector) simply does not have the expertise on many technical issues.
Perhaps the real meaning of the public private partnership that is so necessary for critical infrastructure protection is that the government has a hands-off view of the industry and creates policy. But perhaps I'm being too cynical?
Hat Tip :fergdawg on the Cisco Alumni mailing.