INTERNET/INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: B
4/4/17: President Trump signed a repeal of the Obama-era U.S. broadband internet privacy rules, a victory for internet service providers and a blow to privacy advocates. Supporters of the bill argued that the regulations would have placed unfair restrictions on broadband providers, given that web companies like Facebook and Google also make data-driven ads and did not have to abide by similar restrictions. We are on the fence with this decision by Trump. Yes it now allows broadband companies to NOT get permission from their customers in order to use their “sensitive” data — including browsing history, geolocation and financial and medical information — to create targeted advertisements. On the flip side, why did this regulation only apply to broadband companies and not social media companies like Facebook and Google? A new privacy law should be implemented across the board for all internet based companies.
12/13/17: Donald Trump signed the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law, which contains a provision that could force the federal government to upgrade its out-of-date IT systems. “The Modernizing Government Technology Act is an important step in the journey to a next-gen federal government,” CSRA President and CEO Larry Prior said in a statement. “The MGT gives agencies more resources to modernize, helping to enable moving to the cloud, implementing shared services, and improving their cyber defenses.”
12/15/17: Trumps pick for FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai, announced the repeal of the Net Neutrality law. Net Neutrality is a new law implemeneted under the Obama administration. It is the basic principle that prohibits internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon (as well as small providers) from speeding up, slowing down or blocking any content, applications or websites you want to use. It ensured internet service providers treat all data on the Internet the same, and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication. The problem with this law is that it heavily regulated the free interent provider market. Just another government regulation that slowed the growth of both large and small internet providers. Also the argument is if Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Youtube, etc can control, and even block, content (which they been proven to do) why can't internet service providers? If you don't like your internet service provider go to their competitor. That is how the free market works.
1/8/18: Keeping one of his many promises to the forgotten man and woman, President Trump signed an executive order to expand broadband in rural areas where it is desperately needed. The Federal Communications Commission estimates 39% of people living in rural regions do not have access to broadband, compared with just 4% of people in cities.
2/7/18: The U.S. Justice Department announced one of its largest-ever takedowns of a global cyber crime ring saying it had indicted 36 people accused of trafficking in stolen identities and causing more than $530 million in losses to consumers.
5/16/18: President Trump signed an executive order that aims to streamline the processes of acquiring and developing better information technology (IT) infrastructure by strengthening the role of chief information officers at federal agencies.