Trump Would be a 'Disaster for Innovation,' Tech Leaders Say
Ev Williams, Steve Wozniak and a who’s who of tech leaders signed an open letter, sharing concerns about the impact Trump could have on innovation.A Donald Trump presidency would be a "disaster for innovation," states a forceful, to-the-point open letter signed by nearly 150 investors, entrepreneurs, engineers, researchers and business leaders. It first published July 14 to the Medium blog posting of Katie Jacobs Stanton, chief marketing officer of Color Genomics, which offers affordable genetic testing for common hereditary diseases. "We are proud that American innovation is the envy of the world, a source of widely shared prosperity, and a hallmark of our global leadership," the letter begins, explaining that Trump has come out in opposition to what has so far driven U.S. prosperity and innovation. They point, as examples, to his positions on immigration, technology and censorship, writing: "Great ideas come from all parts of society, and we should champion that broad-based creative potential. We also believe that progressive immigration policies help us attract and retain some of the brightest minds on earth—scientists, entrepreneurs, and creators. In fact, 40% of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or their children. Donald Trump, meanwhile, traffics in ethnic and racial stereotypes, repeatedly insults women, and is openly hostile to immigration. He has promised a wall, mass deportations, and profiling. "We also believe in the free and open exchange of ideas, including over the Internet, as a seed from which innovation springs. Donald Trump proposes 'shutting down' parts of the Internet as a security strategy — demonstrating both poor judgment and ignorance about how technology works. His penchant to censor extends to revoking press credentials and threatening to punish media platforms that criticize him," the posting continued.
They also expressed concern about the uncertainly of Trump's economic plans, saying he's so far offers little more than "contradictory pronouncements," and worried about the economic implications of his policies.