Clinton, Trump Big Tech Issues debate

Ahead of Monday’s debate, we look at how the candidates stack up on cybersecurity, privacy, STEM and other topics affecting technology.

Technology issues haven’t dominated the US presidential campaign. But they’re there.

Security and privacy. The health of the economy. Schools and research. Immigration.

In some way, all these issues are tech issues. That means the next president’s science and technology policies will have long-lasting impact on the country.

“Tech definitely needs to be a part of the discourse when we choose the next president of the United States,” said Robert Atkinson, founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, because it’s “involved in almost every aspect of our lives.”

Ahead of Monday’s debate, which could draw an audience on par with a Super Bowl, CNET and TechRepublic compiled a list of important technology issues to get a sense of what a Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump administration might mean for the field. We used the candidates’ websites, public statements and interviews with other publications to research their positions.

We also contacted both campaigns for additional comment on their technology policies. The Clinton team sent us a detailed list of her comments on the issues and directed us to her website. The Trump team didn’t respond to repeated requests for comment.

Going into debate, the first of three, polls show a virtual tie between the two candidates. 
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