U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s vision for the country’s economy-driving technology industry is largely a blank canvas, and when he’s dipped his toe into IT issues, he’s made people nervous.
Trump’s campaign was dominated by debates over illegal immigration, lost manufacturing jobs, and character issues. Silicon Valley firms largely opposed Trump, and one of his signature issues, rewriting free trade deals between the U.S. and other nations, likely will hurt U.S tech companies’ ability to sell products overseas.
Meanwhile, digital rights groups say they expect Trump to call for expanded government surveillance programs to fight terrorism and fewer protections for privacy. And a Trump administration will likely work to gut net neutrality rules that the Federal Communications Commission passed only last year, although repealing the rules won’t be easy.