Trade groups representing big tech companies are acting aggressively to pitch their ideas to the Biden administration, calling for action in policy areas like privacy and broadband.
Why it matters: After a few tumultuous years under the Trump administration, the tech industry is hoping for a reset.
What happens: in a list of policy recommendations shared exclusively with Axios, the information Technology The Industry Council, which represents a wide range of tech companies including Apple, Adobe, Amazon, eBay, Intel and Samsung, urges the Biden administration and Congress:
- pass an online privacy law;
- set up a business and technology council between the US and the EU;
- replace the Privacy Shield, the US-EU data-sharing pact that was overturned in court last summer;
- invest $ 80 billion in broadband;
- deepen research on 5G; and
- establish international principles on how law enforcement can access user data.
Tech Leaders have already applauded President Biden’s first executive orders on immigration and LGBTQA rights.
ITI joined other technology trade groups, the Internet Association, the National Council of Foreign Trade, the Computer and Communications Industry Association and BSA | The Software Alliance on a letter friday urging the administration to conduct multilateral negotiations on digital trade in order to reduce technological barriers to market access and exposure to new digital taxes.
Between the lines: Countries, including France, have pushed digital taxes on tech companies, which the Trump administration has pushed back. Tech hopes to see the Biden administration continue to aggressively fight the trend of foreign digital taxes.
Our thought bubble: The industry has fallen sharply from Democrat favor since the party last held the White House. But by focusing on issues like financing broadband and mending broken alliances, the groups typically raise policy areas where the values of Silicon Valley and the new administration already overlap.
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