How do Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton fare on technology issues?

It’s another presidential election year here in the United States. Of course, there’s been plenty of press coverage of the candidates (especially one Mr. Donald Trump), and their views on immigration, the economy, and so forth. One area that doesn’t get much coverage is the presidential candidates’ technology policies and views.

The tech website Engadget‘s written a guide analyzing how each presidential candidate ranks on various criteria, including: net neutrality; evolution; climate change; renewable energy; government surveillance and privacy; STEM education and research; NASA; cybersecurity; online gambling; patent reform; broadband infrastructure; and H-1B visas. Each candidate’s views are scored, totaled and ranked by a letter grade, from A to F. Engadget notes they consider climate change and evolution as not up for debate at all.

Here’s how each candidate remaining in the race ranks when it comes to technology issues. Of course, it’s different from how they rank in areas like the economy, social policies, foreign policies, etc.

Democrat

  • Hillary Clinton: B

Republican

  • Donald Trump: D-

Out of all the candidates that were running, Engadget felt that Bernie Sanders would’ve done best on technology on the Democrats’ side, while Jeb Bush would’ve done best on the Republican side. However, Hillary Clinton will be miles ahead of Donald Trump when it comes to technology policies. Of course, that’s not considering the candidates’ other policies, since their stances on the economy, foreign policy, etc., will also affect how tech issues are handled.

How do you feel about the above candidates’ tech policies? Chime in in the comments below.

(Updated 6/20/16)

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