Carly Fiorina on Technology
FIORINA: Of course I'm worried. We cannot allow refugees to enter this country unless we can adequately vet them and we know we can't. Therefore we should stop allowing refugees into this country. We must enforce a pro-American immigration system that serves our interests, not the rest of the world. I understand what it takes to translate goals into results and that is what I will do as president of the United States. Of course, we should be worried, for heavens sakes. This administration has now told us they don't know who has overstayed a visa. This administration has told us they don't even bother to check Facebook or Twitter to find out who's pledging allegiance to jihadis. We can do better than this, citizens. We need to take our country back.
FIORINA: Let's examine what happened, why did we miss the Tsarnaev brothers, why did we miss the San Bernardino couple? It was because, as someone who comes from the technology world, we were using the wrong algorithms. This is a place where the private sector could be helpful because the government is woefully behind the technology curve, and bureaucratic processes are woefully inadequate as well. DHS vets people by going into databases of known or suspected terrorists. And yet, we know that ISIS is recruiting who are not in those databases. So of course, we're going to miss them.
Q: Should these Silicon Valley companies be forced to cooperate with the FBI?
FIORINA: They do not need to be forced. They need to be asked to bring the best and brightest, the most recent technology to the table. I was asked as a CEO. I complied happily. And they will as well. But they have not been asked.
FIORINA: Government trying to level the playing field between internet and brick-and-mortar creates a problem. The FCC jumping in now and saying we're going to put 400 pages of regulation over the internet is going to create massive problems. But guess who pushed for that regulation? The big internet companies. This is what is going on: the big and powerful [companies] use big and powerful government to their advantage. It's why you see Walgreens buying Rite Aid. It's why you see the pharmaceuticals getting together; it's why you see the health insurance companies getting together; it's why you see the banks consolidating.
FIORINA: I certainly support that we need to tear down cyber walls, not on a mass basis, but on a targeted basis. I do not believe that we need to wholesale destroy every American citizen's privacy in order to go after those that we know are suspect or are already a problem. But yes, there is more collaboration required between private sector companies and the public sector. And specifically, we know that we could have detected and repelled some of these cyber attacks if that collaboration had been permitted.
Q: So, would you call for Google and Apple to cooperate in these Investigations and let the FBI in?
FIORINA: I absolutely would call on them to collaborate and cooperate, yes.
CAMPBELL: So did you. Carly, uou were in favor of Internet taxes.
FIORINA: No, Tom, I've been leading the charge as a technology executive against internet taxes.
CAMPBELL: I've got the Sa Jose Mercury News article where you said the industry can no longer continue free from taxation. Furthermore, it's not internet taxes, it's allowing taxation to be equal between brick and mortar and between internet sales. Treat them equally, that's all I've ever said.
FIORINA: You know, one of the things that was going on, I've been a technology executive. I chaired the technology policy institute, and taxation on the internet would be disastrous. People like Tom Campbell were sitting in congress advocating for taxation on the internet. Even Barbara Boxer was right on this issue. The reality is that the only candidate in this primary who supports internet taxation is Tom Campbell.
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