TechNet Statement on Hillary Clinton’s Technology and Innovation Agenda
Washington, D.C. — TechNet, the national, bipartisan network of innovation economy CEOs and senior executives, today issued the following statement in response to Hillary Clinton’s proposed technology and innovation agenda. The following can be attributed to Linda Moore, President and CEO of TechNet.
“Hillary Clinton is the first of the presidential candidates to
lay out a technology and innovation agenda.
In doing so, Hillary proves that she gets it — that our nation's ability
to grow our economy and drive job creation is dependent on our ability to stay
ahead of the curve in innovation.
It’s worth singling out Secretary Clinton’s proposals on making
investments in computer science and STEM education, the need to safeguard the
free flow of information across borders, the critical importance of
cybersecurity at home and abroad, as well as the need to reallocate and
repurpose radio spectrum for broadband and WiFi. These are key components in the effort to
build a true innovation economy.
The proposal, however, is silent in other areas, particularly
the need to modernize our tax code and advance global trade. We will continue to engage with Secretary
Clinton’s campaign to advocate for additional policy development in these and
Earlier this year, the technology industry laid out our own
version of a presidential policy initiative and called on the presidential
candidates to engage in this space.
TechNet is pleased that one candidate has taken up the challenge. We hope that the other major candidate in the
race for president will lay out his technology and innovation policy agenda as
well so that voters can assess them side-by-side.”
In May, TechNet joined with a dozen
other technology organizations to urge the Democratic and Republican
presidential candidates to embrace a “Technology Sector Presidential Platform”
that will drive economic growth, innovation, and job creation in the United
States. A copy of the letter and
platform can be found here.
TechNet is the national, bipartisan network of technology CEOs and senior executives that promotes the growth of the innovation economy by advocating a targeted policy agenda at the federal and 50-state level. TechNet’s diverse membership includes dynamic startups to the most iconic companies on the planet and represents more than two million employees in the fields of information technology, e-commerce, advanced energy, biotechnology, venture capital, and finance. TechNet has offices in Washington, D.C., Silicon Valley, Sacramento, Seattle, Boston, and Austin.