Trump’s Policies Will Definitely Impact Tech Industry, But How?

Published: 2016-11-16

We had some fun with the U.S. Presidential election.

Who can blame us, right?

The 2016 election played out like a reality show in front of our eyes. It even included ultra-dramatic episodes in the form of must-see, tension-filled debates.

Then it ended with a surprise twist with Donald Trump (yes, a former reality TV star) defying most polls and outpacing Hillary Clinton in electoral votes.


Leading up to the November 8 election day we had audience members, all of whom run or play prominent roles in small- to medium-sized businesses, offer their takes on which presidential candidate would be best for the technology industry.

Some take at least a partially tongue-in-cheek approach. See the “endorsement” of Transhumanist Party candidate Zoltan Istvan.

Some reflect their political and policy passion. See an argument for Hillary Clinton and one contending that the technology industry is largely misunderstood and misrepresented by all candidates.

One column resoundingly endorses Donald Trump.

On Internet policies:

“Trump has been steadfastly opposed to the hand-off that occurred at the beginning of October, giving control of the Internet addressing and routing scheme to a commission of countries instead of remaining the purview of the United States,” wrote Cenero‘s Harry Meade.

On small business and corporate policies:

“Under the plans proposed by Trump, regulation will be reduced, lowering the hurdle to new business creation. Corporate tax rates will be reduced, encouraging more business growth and allowing them to hire more employees.”

On overseas manufacturing:

“A plan for lowering the penalty for repatriating profits from overseas will make America a haven again for investment, also creating jobs. All of these plans are opposed by Clinton, who has proposed more of the same on the economic front as what we currently have.”

Even the most ardent Trump supporter, however, is likely to admit that his so-called policies discussed during the campaign are a little vague. So we were interested in Forbes’ take on “What Will a Trump Presidency Mean for the Tech Industry?

It remains speculation, obviously, since inauguration day is January 20. Meanwhile, the somber music playing in the background of the Forbes video suggests a particular tilt to the content.

For what it’s worth, however, here it is:

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The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) issued a statement emphasizing that the Trump administration is in a position to promote the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) and encouraging him to do so. It released a whitepaper outlining a national strategy and recommending specific policies and steps. Find CTA’s whitepaper on IoT here.

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