WASHINGTON – As the Republican and Democratic Presidential conventions draw near, over a dozen technology trade associations from around the country released their much-anticipated, first-ever, Technology Sector Presidential Platform to the presidential candidates. Signed by the leaders of the respective groups, the platform is designed to urge the 2016 candidates to consider issues and implement policies that harness the power of technology, create jobs, grow the economy, foster innovation and continue to improve the lives of all Americans.
“We are excited to unite with our peers in the technology industry to push some of the most important issues facing the country in this upcoming election cycle,” said Elizabeth Hyman, Executive Vice President, CompTIA. “The technology industry is a vital part of the American economy, employing more than 6.7 million people. Embracing a technology and innovation platform is more than a 140 character tweet. The tech industry wants to be a resource for ideas and solutions that will ensure that the U.S. remains competitive in this global economy.”
The Technology Sector Presidential Platform includes recommendations on a broad swath of issues, including: ensuring a skilled, 21st-century work force; fostering trade; advancing comprehensive tax reform; promoting effective and balanced intellectual property protections; improving trust and efficiency in networks; promoting innovation and free expression on the internet; improving innovation in government; and promoting the Internet of Things.
The groups noted that technology sector accounts for approximately seven percent of America’s gross domestic product (GDP), and in 2015 alone, we added nearly 200,000 net jobs and now employ more than 6.7 million people across the country.
Over the course of the past several months, the groups’ leadership worked closely together to develop this first-ever Technology Sector Presidential Platform. The letter was signed by the leaders of the following associations (listed in alphabetical order):
- Allied For Startups
- BSA|The Software Alliance
- Computer & Communications Industry Association
- Consumer Technology Association
- ITI – The Information Technology Industry Council
- Internet Association
- Semiconductor Industry Association
- Silicon Valley Leadership Group
- Software & Information Industry Association
- Telecommunications Industry Association
- Technology CEO Council
The open letter to the candidates as well as the Technology Sector Presidential Platform can be found here.
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