Trump versus Clinton on STEM
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

It’s been and will continue to be a very ugly, nasty Presidential election year, up until Election Day. Knowing where each candidate stands on the issues is as important as voting. A new report compares Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s position on technology, side-by-side.

A new report compares Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s position on technology, side-by-side. The report was created by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), the leading U.S. science and technology policy think tank.

Here is the breakdown of both candidates’ stances on technology and innovation, according to the report:

On Innovation

 

Clinton has spoken about establishing and expanding public-private partnerships to drive innovation and widely share its benefits.

Trump has been mostly silent on the issue of innovation.

On Technology Regulations

 

Clinton supports some regulations, including net neutrality–or keeping the Internet open–and those issues surrounding data privacy.

Trump’s only positions on tech regulations are with regard to China. He wants the government to be tougher with China on issues including intellectual property theft.

On Immigrants With High-Tech Skills

 

Clinton would create a startup visa program, allowing entrepreneurs in tech sectors to create companies and jobs in the United States. She has supported H-1B visas in the past, and she has proposed raising the number of visas awarded.

Trump is opposed to H-1B visas. He has stated he is pro high-skilled immigration, but he has also proposed blocking Muslims from entering the United States, which would potentially ban some highly skilled workers in the process.

On Science Funding

 

Clinton would expand the National Science Foundation iCorps program.

Trump wants to redirect funding to other projects, such as rebuilding the country’s infrastructure, and he is against funding scientific research or space missions.

On STEM Education

 

Clinton supports cities and wants to start establishing STEM-oriented high schools.

Trump said there is no shortage of STEM workers just because some STEM graduates can’t find jobs in their field.

You can read the ITIF’s report in its entirety.

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Samara Lynn

Samara Lynn is a technology journalist, covering the industry for a decade. Her work appears in The Wirecutter, Tom's Hardware, PC Mag, and other online outlets. She's the author of "Windows Server 2012: Up and Running" and previously worked in the IT industry. She's currently the digital manager at Black Enterprise.


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