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Where Clinton and Trump stand on tech issues

Preston Gralla | Aug. 16, 2016
Their views are far apart on nearly every issue related to technology and the tech industry

On patent reform, Clinton supports the Obama administration’s efforts to curb patent troll abuse. Trump hasn’t mentioned the issue.

Clinton has weighed in on how to protect workers in the growing gig economy in which people work freelance or part time for companies such as Uber but don’t have the protections and safety net that are commonly enjoyed by people who work full time for businesses. She wants worker benefits to be portable across gigs and supports the Affordable Care Act’s subsidizing of people who don’t get health insurance from an employer and need help paying. Trump hasn’t talked about the gig economy and would kill the Affordable Care Act.

Trump has on occasion attacked tech companies and threatened them or their founders, something Clinton hasn’t done. For example, he has frequently attacked Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, claiming that he bought The Washington Post in order to curry favor with politicians. He said that he’d target Amazon for retribution if he became president: “Believe me, if I become president, oh, do they have problems. They’re going to have such problems.” He has also criticized Apple for building its iPhones in China, promising that if elected, "I'm going to get Apple to start making their computers and their iPhones on our land not in China.”

Clinton has far more endorsements from tech executives than does Trump. Among those who have publicly endorsed her are Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook; Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet; Reed Hastings, founder and CEO of Netflix; Drew Houston, founder and CEO of Dropbox; David Karp, founder and CEO of Tumblr; Barry Diller, chairman and senior executive of IAC and Expedia; and many others. (Here’s a partial list as of late June.) She draws support from Republican as well as Democratic tech executives. Meg Whitman, the CEO and president of Hewlett Packard Enterprise and former president and CEO of eBay, recently endorsed her. Whitman ran unsuccessfully for governor of California as a Republican in 2010. Trump’s only notable tech endorser has been Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal and Palantir and a director at Facebook.

So if you care about tech, closely examine both candidates’ policies toward it, and vote accordingly.

 

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