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CTA “Encouraged” by GOP Platform on Innovation

Association again urges Trump campaign also to weigh in

The Consumer Technology Association clearly is following this presidential campaign very closely.

Having earlier praised the Clinton campaign for releasing a technology agenda, then urging the Trump and Johnson campaigns to do the same, CTA now is complimenting the Republican Party platform.

Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, released a statement: “We thank the Republican Party for rightfully acknowledging the ‘digital revolution’ and the critical roles technology, innovation and trade play in driving our economy, creating good jobs and strengthening our international competitiveness.”

He said CTA is “encouraged by the party’s goal of creating a business climate that promotes innovation — allowing the sharing economy to compete in an open and competitive market, ensuring access to spectrum to meet our demand for anytime/anywhere connectivity and encouraging the innovation needed for the Internet of Things to thrive.” He hailed the GOP platform for its “recognition that American innovation deserves the freedom to succeed or fail on its own merits and international trade is crucial to our economy.”

CTA again called on the Trump-Pence campaign to outline its own “positions and priorities on technology and innovation.”

Shapiro also is an author who has blogged personally about the leadership, politics and consumer tech on sites like Forbes, the Huffington Post and the American Spectator. Writing for himself rather than CTA, he has described the U.S. immigration debate as an “international embarrassment,” said the U.S. should support free trade and criticized most of the major candidates for their language about business.