The Consumer Technology Association Political Action Committee (CTAPAC) protects CTA members’ freedom to build and sell consumer technology products. CTAPAC is the only political action committee that specifically advocates on behalf of the consumer technology industry.
Participation in the system through a robust PAC allows CTA to have a voice in the political process and empowers advocacy efforts with the additional resources needed to succeed.
CTA produces two reports alternating every other year 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 such as STEM education and laws governing emerging technologies such as drones, self-driving cars, ridesharing and short-term rentals.
The International Innovation Scorecard — now in its second edition — evaluates 61 countries and the European Union across 28 indicators in similar areas plus those essential to global leadership in innovation, such as diversity, freedom of thought and expression, entrepreneurship and human capital.
Tech innovations transform the workforce and generate countless new jobs. To lead the world in innovation, the tech industry must prepare Americans for in-demand jobs.
CTA advocates for employer-led strategies and regulatory approaches that create more education and hiring pathways — apprenticeships, internships, and train-to-hire programs — that enable access to jobs in the tech sector for all Americans.
To help address the nation’s skills gap, CTA leads a 21st Century Workforce Council, the CTA Apprenticeship Coalition, and conducts an annual Future of Work Survey.
To advance positive change and create greater diversity and inclusion in the tech industry, CTA is investing $10 million in venture funds focused on startups with founders who are women or people of color, as well as sponsoring programs that expand the STEM K-12 pipeline.
In 2019, CTA launched a Diversity and Inclusion working group to share best practices and develop strategies that advance greater diversity and inclusion in the industry.
CES 2020 also had a large focus on Diversity and Inclusion, with The Innovation for All conference program which featured chief diversity officers and leaders from top companies.
Industry initiatives are helping to make recycling old electronics as easy as buying new ones. U.S. manufacturers are committed to reducing e-waste and adverse environmental effects. However, state proposals to regulate recycling requirements with arbitrary burdens and costs threaten to stifle the industry’s success.