One of the most consequential elections in our nation’s history is underway, and today, the millions of Americans who did not take part in early voting will cast their ballots for our 45th president. Secretary Hillary Clinton has had a distinguished career, with 30 years of public service. One of the most farsighted elements of her candidacy is her bold vision for America’s technology future. Her optimism about the potential for technology to improve lives and level the economic playing field is yet another characteristic that sets her apart from her rival.
Secretary Clinton’s plan is the single most comprehensive presidential platform on technology that this nation has ever seen. But its most distinctive feature is its focus on opportunity: she fundamentally understands that technology holds the potential to unlock critical new social and economic possibilities. To this end, her plan will spark much-needed new economic activity by fostering a more hospitable environment for entrepreneurs and small businesses, starting with a foundation built upon smart policies that encourage the investment of risk capital and the creation of jobs. Equally as important, Secretary Clinton is committed to building on President Obama’s success in bringing more people online. A gap between digital “haves” and “have nots” has been evident since the internet went mainstream in the 1990s. Today, almost a quarter of all American adults remain without a broadband connection. Secretary Clinton is firmly committed to ensuring that all Americans finally have high-speed Internet access.
Access and opportunity, though, are just initial steps that get individuals and entrepreneurs part of the way toward being able to use digital tools in a meaningful and productive manner. Another unique feature of Secretary Clinton’s plan is a commitment to making sure that young people are well versed in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and that every person, regardless of age, race or income, is prepared to actively participate and compete in our innovation economy. Secretary Clinton fervently believes that accessing these kinds of opportunities should not be constrained by the zip code where they live or the circumstance of their birth.
As one of the thousands of business and technology leaders supporting Secretary Clinton, I can attest to the profound stakes of this election from the standpoint of preserving and furthering America’s leadership in the innovation economy. We cannot afford to rest on our laurels, which is why we need a president who not only understands the issues, but who has a real plan for addressing them. A vote for Hillary Clinton, then, is about more than shattering the glass ceiling – it is about electing a leader who wants to empower every single person with the tools needed to compete in this new world and share in the prosperity that is being created by it. On the strength of her technology plan, and her distinguished record of public service, I have no doubt that Hillary Clinton will work tirelessly on behalf of every person to ensure innovation and inclusion remain cornerstones of American excellence.
David Grain is the Founder and Managing Partner of Grain Management, LLC.