Arlington, VA – 02/14/2012 – The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® today announces that more than 200,000 people have joined its grassroots Innovation Movement in support of technology and innovation. More than 5,300 Innovation Movement members signed on to the Movement’s “Declaration of Innovation
” to signal their support of pro-innovation policies during the recent 2012 International CES, the world’s largest technology tradeshow.
CEA provides its Innovation Movement members with tools to contact their members of Congress – via email, Facebook, or Twitter – to support policies that encourage and advance American innovation and shore up our economy for future generations. Issues on which the Innovation Movement is active include international trade, skilled immigration, deficit reduction, broadband deployment, and most recently the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA).
At the 2012 International CES, one of America’s founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson, acted as the face of innovation in the show’s Grand Lobby in front of a wall that attendees could sign to “declare innovation.” Jefferson also toured the show floor asking attendees about their opinions on innovation and seeking electronic signatures for the Declaration of Innovation on a tablet computer.
“CEA launched the Innovation Movement to create an engaged community of Americans who believe innovation is critical to our nation’s global leadership and economic growth,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. “Having the Declaration of Innovation front and center at the largest CES in show history helped shine a light on the policies that directly impact our industry. The attendees, exhibitors, CEOs and celebrities who declared innovation at CES are sending a message to policy makers that now is the time to stand up for innovation.”
CEA’s Innovation Movement is committed to returning innovation to its rightful place at the center of America’s economic policy. The Declaration of Innovation wall display will be on view at CEA’s Arlington, Va., headquarters. Signatures on display include Eliza Dushku, Entertainment Matters Ambassador at the 2012 International CES.
For more information on the Declaration of Innovation and CEA’s Innovation Movement, visit DeclareInnovation.com and facebook.com/InnovationMovement.