i3 | July 08, 2020

Leading Innovation

Cindy Loffler Stevens

CTA’s tech agenda calls on policymakers to support new technologies and innovations – such as artificial intelligence, the sharing economy, and self-driving vehicles – which are threatened by overreaching or outdated rules from local, state and federal governments. To protect new technology, CTA organizes grassroots advocacy campaigns and works with coalitions to protect the innovation economy from laws and rules which delay, restrict or ban its development.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

As AI becomes more ubiquitous, it also presents questions about jobs, bias, cybersecurity and other serious issues. CTA is a leading voice on AI issues on Capitol Hill, working with industry and government to mitigate biased outcomes from AI algorithms, ensure adequate data security and prepare the American workforce for new opportunities created by AI.

To lay the groundwork for prudent AI policy, CTA launched an AI working group to address questions around this technology and help guide CTA’s work on policy issues. CTA also hosts a series of AI educational events for members of Congress and staff.


International trade plays a vital role in the consumer tech sector and the U.S. economy. But in an attempt to target unfair Chinese trade practices, the White House enacted steep tariffs on Chinese technology products and components.

Unfair trade practices must be addressed, but CTA believes the solution is not to put a new tax on U.S. businesses and force consumers to pay more for the tech products they need. CTA advocates for more effective and targeted trade policy approaches while organizing important voices in the tech community to show government officials how tariffs negatively impact our country.

Self-Driving Cars

Self-driving vehicles have the potential to save tens of thousands of American lives while offering unprecedented mobility to older people and people with disabilities. In order to maintain global leadership in this cutting edge technology, we need smart and technology technology-neutral policy approaches that promote innovation. CTA is encouraged by the federal government’s interest in self-driving cars and works with federal agencies to encourage the safe and expeditious rollout of new mobile technologies.

Immigration Reform

Immigrants help drive the U.S. economy, starting businesses employing millions of people and generating billions in revenue. CTA supports updated strategic immigration reforms that encourage foreign-born entrepreneurs and U.S.-educated immigrants to remain here to create new technologies, businesses and jobs in America.


CTA is working with elected officials and government regulators to ensure that drone technology is safely integrated in the nation’s airspace. As part of this initiative, CTA supports the “Know Before You Fly” consumer safety campaign, encouraging responsible use of drones.

Patent Reform

Frivolous litigation brought by so-called “patent trolls” drains $1.5 billion a week from the U.S. economy — money that innovators must spend on lawyers rather than research and development, marketing or creating jobs. CTA supports patent reform legislation reform that combats the explosion of lawsuits brought by patent trolls that victimize entrepreneurs and startups.


Spectrum is the oxygen of innovation. CTA is working to make more licensed and unlicensed spectrum available to meet the exploding needs of innovators and consumers. More, we are working to remove regulatory and other obstacles to the rapid deployment of next-generation 5G services.

Environmental Sustainability

Industry initiatives are helping to make recycling old electronics as easy as buying new ones. Meanwhile, the energy use of CE products continues to decline. U.S. manufacturers are reducing e-waste and adverse environmental effects. Meanwhile, CTA is pushing back on state mandates with arbitrary burdens and costs that threaten to reverse our industry’s sustainability success.

Innovation Scorecards

CTA produces two reports that evaluate innovation-friendly policies in the U.S. and abroad. The U.S. Innovation Scorecard — now in its fifth year — evaluates all 50 states on 12 indicators including undergraduates earning STEM degrees and laws governing emerging technologies such as drones, self-driving cars, ridesharing and short-term rentals.

The inaugural International Innovation Scorecard evaluates 38 countries and the European Union across 12 similar categories and from a uniquely American perspective in areas essential to global leadership in innovation: diversity, the ratio of female-to-male employees in the workplace, immigrants as a share of the national population, and freedom of thought and expression.

Visit CTA.tech/scorecard.

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