One hundred forty-five technology executives, investors, inventors and other bold-face names posted an open letter Thursday to make one thing clear: They can’t stand Donald Trump.
Many people share that sentiment, to judge from the
What they don’t like
The signers of the document posted Thursday — including eBay founder Pierre Omidyar,
(This group doesn’t include some high-ranking and otherwise outspoken US tech leaders: Apple’s Tim Cook, Google’s Sundar Pichai, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey have all voiced their thoughts on recent political controversies but did not sign the letter.)
Most of that critique rests on Trump’s calls to
“Great ideas come from all parts of society, and we should champion that broad-based creative potential,” the signers wrote. “Donald Trump, meanwhile, traffics in ethnic and racial stereotypes, repeatedly insults women and is openly hostile to immigration.”
Note that while the tech industry loves to talk about itself as a meritocracy, its own record on ethnic and gender diversity needs improvement — a point that
The letter also decries Trump’s intention to
One early participant in the drafting of the open letter, which began a few weeks ago, said the authors’ overriding concern was Trump’s habit of focusing on how things used to be.
“We cannot thrive or lead (or perhaps even survive) by continuing to aim at being the best at what we used to be the best at,” Washington startup hub
What they — and we — don’t know
Towards the end, this short document pivots to admit that critiquing Trump’s tech policy amounts to wrestling with shadows.
“We believe that government plays an important role in the technology economy by investing in infrastructure, education and scientific research,” it states. “Donald Trump articulates few policies beyond erratic and contradictory pronouncements.”
That is true. While presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton
There are important debates to be had about what the US should do about major tech-policy concerns — ranging from the abuse of
Scour Trump’s site for insights on those areas, and you’ll only find such scattered tidbits as his
The Consumer Technology Association noted this shortfall in
Indeed, it’s strange that the applicant for America’s top job has a “continued absence of a tech/innovation agenda,” as 1776’s Harris mentioned. That doesn’t prove Trump has no thoughts on those issues; but it does mean it’s time for this businessman to share his ideas on this key part of the nation’s business.