Tech Groups Push Digital Trade, Data Issues with Trump Team

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By Michaela Ross

Oct. 7 — Tech industry representatives touted the importance of digital trade, data flows and other issues in a meeting Oct. 7 with advisers to GOP presidential candidate Donald J. Trump, according to sources who either participated in the meeting or were briefed on it.

Trade associations representing companies including AT&T Inc., Alphabet Inc.'s Google and Inc. met with other business leaders and members of Trump's transition team to discuss their policy priorities in a Trump administration, according to sources who spoke on condition of anonymity about the off-the-record meeting.

The gathering came as the presidential campaign hits its final month. The tech industry has been urging Trump's campaign to release a detailed tech policy proposal to match one his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, announced earlier this year.

Tech leaders urged Trump's advisers to make the digital economy a top priority, sources said. Top issues pushed by industry representatives included the importance of digital trade and cross border data flows; science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education; policies fostering the development of artificial intelligence and internet-of-things technologies; federal IT and the need for multiple agencies to be involved in formulating the administration's privacy agenda.

In June, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton released a detailed tech agenda calling for easier green card access for STEM graduates and the “open flow of data across borders.”

Meeting participants didn't discuss immigration policy or the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal—two other issues important to the tech sector—in detail, the sources said.

The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to an e-mailed request for comment.

— With assistance from Kyle Daly

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