President and CEO, Consumer Technology Association
Gary Shapiro is president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM, the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,000 consumer electronics companies, and author of the New York Times best-selling books, Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World’s Most Successful Businesses and The Comeback: How Innovation Will Restore the American Dream. His views are his own. Connect with him on Twitter: @GaryShapiro
Self-driving trucks will transform American commerce while dramatically improving road safety. They will revolutionize transportation – and also make it less expensive – letting companies send goods over long distances without worrying about whether a driver has the stamina for yet another marathon drive.
Friday’s congressional subcommittee hearing on international antitrust enforcement could not come at a better time. While the French election of Emmanuel Macron is good news for the future stability of the European Union, there’s room for improvement when it comes to the EU’s overreaching and anti-competitive antitrust enforcement against U.S. companies.
Refusing to work with President Donald Trump by sitting out this presidency – or refusing to support pro-innovation Republicans – is bad for America and will harm the future of our industry.
A proposal by House Republicans to reduce the corporate tax rate — the highest in the developed world — is an admirable attempt to make the U.S. more competitive, but combining the plan with a border adjustment tax is not the right path forward.
In 2017, the world’s two largest economies, the United States and China, will enter a new phase of their relationship. Both countries are primed and actively exploring avenues for change — in polar-opposite directions.
The tech leaders invited to Wednesday’s meeting with President-elect Donald Trump collectively represent more than 1.3 million U.S. jobs and have a total market capitalization of $2.9 trillion. In short, they are critical to our country’s economic success. While the tech industry did not openly support Trump in this election cycle, technology is not political by nature.
Trade has become the enemy in this political cycle. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have backed away from supporting trade agreements — ironic, because as president, Bill Clinton signed some of the most important trade deals of our time, and Trump’s empire relies on free trade to manufacture and sell his Trump-branded products.
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