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Our current President Donald Trump is known for both his businesses and his personality, particularly on the reality show The Apprentice which ran from 2003 to 2015. A billionaire, Trump owns the Miss Universe pageant as well as real estate holdings. Without any political experience before becoming president, Trump has certainly rattled the country, drawing criticism for his travel ban on several Muslim-majority countries, his appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, as well as his withdraws from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Iran nuclear deal. Although his 2016 campaign was influenced by Russia, there wasn’t enough evidence to charge Trump with criminal coordination or conspiracy.
With the rise of security breaches, the consolidation of power to a few large tech companies, and data privacy issues in large numbers, these tech issues are some of the most contentious of this election cycle.
Donald Trump's thoughts and actions on how to keep the Internet safe and secure for all.
How Donald Trump Will Protect Consumer Data
How Donald Trump Will Deal With Large Tech Companies Like Amazon, Facebook, and Google.
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March to August 2019
Trump has encouraged widespread adoption of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education’s framework by signing an executive order to improve the government’s cybersecurity. This order would establish the Presidential Cybersecurity Education Awards for elementary and secondary school teachers and train and hire more cybersecurity workers. Additionally, the order included the President’s Cup Cybersecurity Competition.
“America built the Internet and shared it with the world; now we will do our part to secure and preserve cyberspace for future generations.”
Source: The White House Website
Trump has gone on the offensive when it comes to punishing countries that attack the United States in cyberspace, handing out indictments and sanctions for China, Iran, Russia and North Korea. However, he continues to waver when it comes to Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election. Source: The Washington Post
Trump shifted $271 million of the Department of Homeland Security’s budget to pay for facilities related to immigration including detention centers and migrant courts at the United States/ Mexico border. This money was originally intended for national cybersecurity and disaster aid. Source: Reuters
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April 2017 to October 2019
In agreement with Congress, Trump wants to create new federal laws for online privacy. However, after months of talking about these laws, none have been established, partially due to his impeachment inquiry. Source: The New York Times
In April 2017, Trump signed a bill into law that would allow Internet Service Providers to sell information about their users’ browsing habits, rolling back the online privacy laws of the Obama era. Source: The Associated Press
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Trump believes that large tech companies may be monopolies, saying “there is something going on in terms of monopoly”. Furthermore, he thinks that the United States can benefit financially from antitrust lawsuits against these companies just as the European Union has, calling it “easy money”. Source: CNBC