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Republican-invested Trump: "disastrous for innovation"

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The Republican candidate's victory in the November presidential election would be "disastrous for innovation. On July 14, 150 entrepreneurs, investors and leaders of American high-tech, all those who make the gratin of Silicon Valley, had published an open letter to the vitriol. Among the signatories of this open letterIn the same vein, we find stars and legends: Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple with Steve Jobs, the founder of Twitter, eBay, Wikipedia, and so on. A true who's who of the Internet and the digital economy.
 
Coup sword in the water because, formally designated Tuesday at the Cleveland Convention, Donald Trump will represent Republicans in the race for the White House. This decision, which many Americans feared, has now been confirmed. Not everyone is happy about it....
 
For the signatories of this open letter, who state that they express personal opinions and do not speak on behalf of their companies or institutions, Trump is not compatible with their ideals: "... Trump is not compatible with their ideals. His vision opposes the exchange of ideas, the free movement of people and productive relationships with the rest of the world that are vital to our economy and are the foundation for innovation and growth. ".
They point to the candidate's repeatedly stated desire to shut down part of the Internet in the name of national security. According to them, " This demonstrates both poor judgment and ignorance of how new technologies work. ".
 
The other subject of wrath concerns immigration, a subject on which Donald Trump has strong positions, to say the least. Silicon Valley is a melting pot where all the nationalities of the world come together and work together. Everyone has a chance to succeed, no matter where they come from. It has become an emblem of American high-tech to such an extent that a recurring demand from the bosses of technology companies is to raise the quota of immigrants to ensure highly qualified engineering positions. The signatories stress: " We believe that a progressive immigration policy will help us attract some of the brightest minds on earth-scientists, entrepreneurs and creators. In fact, 40 % of the Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or their children. ".
 
Rather than candidacy." divisive " from Donald Trump, they say they want " a candidate who embraces the ideals that have built the U.S. technology sector: freedom of speech, openness to new entrants, equality of opportunity, public investment in research and infrastructure, and respect for the law ".
 
In parallel with this letter, several technology companies have already decided to reduce their contribution to the Republican Party and not sponsor the Cleveland convention. This is the case of Apple, Microsoft (which will only provide some hardware) and HP. Only Google and Facebook have chosen to maintain their financial participation, arguing that they do not want to offend part of their audience.
 
Header Illustration : Paul Moyse
 

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