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Tech Leaders Say Trump Is 'a Disaster for Innovation'

Leslie Hook - The Financial Times
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July 15, 2016
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Barry Diller, IAC and Expedia chairman, was among the tech heavyweights to sign a letter criticising Donald Trump. (Bloomberg)

A group of technology leaders attacked Donald Trump as a threat to innovation in a broadside just days before he is expected to be confirmed as his party’s presidential candidate at the Republican National Convention.

The open letter, signed by tech heavyweights including Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple; Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia; and Barry Diller, chairman of IAC and Expedia, said that Mr Trump would be a “disaster for innovation”.

“His vision stands against the open exchange of ideas, free movement of people, and productive engagement with the outside world that is critical to our economy — and that provide the foundation for innovation and growth,” said the letter.

Visa restrictions and immigration rules have been a constant source of concern in Silicon Valley, where engineers and entrepreneurs come from all over the world.

The letter says that a Trump presidency could threaten this, and accuses him of “traffick[ing] in ethnic and racial stereotypes” and being “hostile” to immigration. Mr Trump has said that if elected he would build a wall along the US-Mexico border.

The manifesto also warns that the free exchange of ideas could come under threat. “Donald Trump proposes ‘shutting down’ parts of the internet as a security strategy — demonstrating both poor judgment and ignorance about how technology works.”

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