In addition to being a virtual stage where the latest gadgets and innovations are highlighted, CES 2021 also opened the space for a debate on how Joe Biden’s new government will have to deal with the Trump administration’s “heritage” in matters of technology, in a session that brought together Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, and Brian Deese, director of the National Economic Council (NEC).

According to the NEC official, technology is playing an important role in the fight against COVID-19. It is true that we live in a moment of crisis, but the Biden administration believes that there is an opportunity to reinforce technological development and scientific progress in the country.

Overcoming the pandemic will not be an easy process, however, Brian Deese indicates that technology companies can be a “big help” in several aspects: from preventing the spread of false information about COVID-19 on the Internet to equipping schools with the equipment they need. they need, without forgetting all the potential in the health area itself.

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Session “A Biden Administration’s Approach to Technology and Innovation”, with Gary Shapiro and Brian Deese.

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Session “A Biden Administration’s Approach to Technology and Innovation”, with Gary Shapiro and Brian Deese.

“Build Back Better” is the motto behind the economic recovery plan of the Joe Biden government, with a strong emphasis on strengthening US industry and companies, creating opportunities for all, as well as environmental sustainability, underlines the director of NEC.

According to Brian Deese, one of the objectives of the new administration is to innovate, relying on new technologies and facilitating its access by the population, also challenging itself to deal with aspects more “forgotten” by previous governments, such as the climate crisis .

The official indicates that, with the arrival of Joe Biden to the presidency, the United States will return to be part of the Paris Agreement. “Over the past 4 years we have lost time” and it is now time to “create alliances with other countries” to mitigate the consequences, he emphasizes, indicating that entering into talks with China is also a priority.

The tension in trade relations between the United States and China was one of the aspects that certainly marked the four years of the Donald Trump administration and the outgoing administration’s war on Chinese technology, seen as a threat to national security, remained alight even in the his last year, with the “black list” growing and entering new battlefields.

With regard to trade relations between Washington and Beijing, Deese reiterates the position already defended by Joe Biden in an interview with The New York Times in December last year, where the president said that he would not make any new agreement until he had made serious investments in the country. .

The NEC official argues that China is certainly the main “opponent” of the United States and, despite the challenges that have been accumulating over the past few years, it is necessary to “hold Beijing accountable for its actions”.

In addition to a multilateral approach, which involves “revitalizing the alliances that the United States has with other countries”, Deese explains that it is necessary to change the various strategies that have been applied in recent times and that have benefited very little the American industry and companies .

Closing the “skills gap” of American workers is affirmed as one of the priorities of the new government, through, for example, the increase in the number of internship and job training programs, partnerships with companies and the strengthening of higher education. public.

Keeping the country’s technology companies competitive is also on the “to-do list” and Brian Deese says that the government can even play a driving role in innovation, without forgetting to ensure that organizations compete at the same level.

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