Trump’s Stance on Technology and what it portends in the Future

Following the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the US, many in the tech industry wonder what his policies will look like. In the past and during the campaign period, Donald has made numerous public proclamations on a number of issues touching on science, technology and climate change. According to a report posted on Techcruch on November 9, Trump admitted that he is not an early adopter and may not even use a computer. In February, Trump called for public boycott Apple products because of the company’s stance on encryption.


The sentiment followed the outcry that greeted the deadly shooting and near bombing in San Bernardino, California. In October, Trump told a gathering at the University of Virginia that he will push to have Apple set up its manufacturing base in the US instead of China and other countries. He made a similar statement with regard to Oreo and car maker, Ford. Speaking of space exploration and NASA, two of Trump’s most trusted advisors penned an Op-Ed in October directing NASA to move away from Earth-centric activities and focus more on the deep space.


Most opinion readers say the sentiments have a bearing on climate change, which the President elect believes is largely caused by non-human activities. On matters net-neutrality, Trump is not an aficionado. According to Techcrunch, Trump has issues with elements he calls censorship, which he says are embedded in the concept. Trump compares net-neutrality to the FCC’s much touted fairness doctrine that requires broadcasters to cover all sides of the divide equally. This issue has fueled speculation, following tacit talk that Trump may pick Jeffrey Eisenach, a renowned anti-regulator in his administration.


A report published on Buzzfeed also shows that Donald Trump is against the decision to transfer Internet technical management from the US to an international entity. According to Trump, his administration will strive to preserve the existing internet freedom enjoyed by America citizens. On Cyber security, Trump admitted that this was a huge problem that requires serious thought and action. He said this during the first presidential debate with Hillary Clinton. The debate, which was moderated by Lester Holt came on the heels of Clinton’s email debacle and accusations that Russia was involved in US cyber attacks.


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