Carly Fiorina on Technology

Republican primary challenger and former CEO


Check Facebook & Twitter to see jihadi pledges

Q: Are you worried about problems with asylum-seekers in the United States, like the latest problems in Germany?

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.

Source: Fox Business 2016 Republican Undercard debate , Jan 14, 2016

Let tech work on terrorism, more innovation than bureaucracy

I come from the technology industry and I can tell you there is one thing that bureaucracies don't know how to do. They do not know how to innovate. We have had seven generations of technology since 2011. There are some specific things that we should ask the private sector to help us with, including making sure we have the latest algorithms to search through all these databases so that we find terrorists before they attack us, not after it's too late.
Source: Fox Business 2016 Republican Undercard debate , Jan 14, 2016

Companies don't need to be forced to provide data; just ask

Q: Companies in Silicon Valley say they won't help the FBI crack encrypted communication from ISIS.

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.

Source: 2015 CNN/Salem Republican two-tier debate , Dec 15, 2015

The secret sauce of America is innovation

I know more about innovation and entrepreneurship than anyone on this panel because I have led innovative businesses in the most highly competitive industry in the world for decades. The truth is the secret sauce of America is innovation, and entrepreneurship, it is why we must cut our government down to size, and hold it accountable. It's why we have to take our government back, because innovation and entrepreneurship is crushed by a 73,000 page tax code and a vast regulatory thicket.
Source: Fox Business/WSJ First Tier debate , Nov 10, 2015

An internet sales tax would mean 400 pages of regulation

Q: In 2010, while running for Senate in California, you called an internet sales tax a bad idea. Traditional brick-and-mortar stores obviously disagree. Now that the internet shopping playing field has matured, what would be a fair plan to even that playing field?

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.

Source: GOP `Your Money/Your Vote` 2015 CNBC 1st-tier debate , Oct 28, 2015

Google should cooperate with FBI to fight cyberterrorism

Q: The FBI Director says terrorists recruit behind the cyber walls that are built by American companies like Google and Apple. Rand Paul says that the government forcing these companies to bring down those walls would be a big privacy issue. Which side are you on?

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.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Second Tier debate transcript , Aug 6, 2015

China and Russia are using technology to attack us

Let me just say that we need to tear down the cyber walls that China is erecting, that Russia is erecting. We need to be very well aware of the fact that China and Russia are using technology to attack us, just as ISIS is using technology to recruit those who would murder American citizens.
Source: Fox News/Facebook Second Tier debate transcript , Aug 6, 2015

Overturn net neutrality

Internet policy: Overturn net neutrality: In an Op-Ed for CNN.com, Fiorina blasted President Obama's policy of net neutrality, which is the idea that Internet providers must offer customers equal access and similar pricing for different content. Fiorina argues net neutrality will insert bureaucrats into the fabric of the Internet, giving government a role in pricing and establishing an obstacle for tech companies.
Source: PBS News Hour "2016 Candidate Stands" series , May 4, 2015

Taxation on the internet would be disastrous

FIORINA: Tom Campbell, you have supported internet taxes...

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.

Source: Hogue News 1380 KTKZ coverage of 2010 CA Senate debate , Mar 7, 2010

Post federal budgets on Internet for public comment

Instead of further burdening our economy by adding new taxes, Carly believes our top priority should be finding out how our money is being spent and making sure that we're maximizing every taxpayer dollar. That means posting bills and federal budgets on the Internet so that they're available for everyone to not only see, but also comment on before they become law. And it means eliminating the some $500 billion in well-documented fraud, waste and abuse in the system.
Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, carlyforcalifornia.com , Dec 25, 2009

Simplify complexity so people can understand & deal with it

We had an important joint venture with the Korean chaebol Lucky Goldstar. I had only about 20 minutes to convince the LG president that he should spend his time dealing with me. I said that the AT&T/Lucky Goldstar relationship was of great importance to both of us, but the new competitive realities required us to think differently about our relationship in the future. I drew a picture of these interlocking circles and said we actually had three partnerships: one is manufacturing, one in R&D, and one in sales to our mutual customers. Our success in each was measured differently. Our success as a whole was measured by our return on equity.

These were simple words, simple pictures and simple concepts. And yet they represented a way out of an impasse. They represented a way of simplifying a complex reality so that people could understand and deal with it. Sometimes simple concepts are deceptive because they distort reality by hiding important details. This kind of simplification might be called spin.

Source: Tough Choices, by Carly Fiorina, p. 96-7 , Sep 25, 2007

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