Last updated: April 23, 2012 - 8:40am
Mitt Romney isn’t talking tech on the campaign trail, but that doesn’t mean industry insiders aren’t trying to read the tea leaves. Scattered throughout Romney’s memoir, statements and recent campaign documents are clues to how he regards Internet piracy and SOPA, tax reform, cybersecurity protections, network neutrality and federal research and design — all issues that could double as litmus tests for cash-flush Silicon Valley, where many potential tech allies and donors are still sizing up the candidates.
As a former businessman, Romney has some early appeal in a region that boasts a strong investment community. And for now, he counts on a few powerful friends with heavyweight tech credentials — such as Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman, a big Romney backer who’s contributed $100,000 to the super PAC angling on behalf of the former Massachusetts governor.
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