By Jennifer A. Beckage, originally published in Global Coverage on 12/13/16.
Trump and Technology
The technology industry will undoubtedly be affected by the new Trump Administration. The new Administration will be looking for ways to further protect the United States from outside technology threats such as state actors and hackers. Security may, in some instances, prevail over individual privacy interests in the United States. For example, to further security efforts, it is expected that under the new Administration there may be more allowance for government access to personal information.
The new Administration will likely look into how to reverse the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) transition, which shifted the Internet domain name and numbering from the United States to a non-profit. However, reversal will be nearly impossible. Phillips Lytle will be watching to see if there are steps taken to repeal the www.phillipslytle.com Open Internet Order (Net Neutrality) adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last year, which allows for an open Internet by increasing transparency of Internet service providers (ISPs) and for data to be treated equally. The new Administration believes Net Neutrality hinders infrastructure investment. It is expected that there will be other deregulation on technology policies.
In addition, the new Administration will push for more technology to be built in the United States by United States workers. One effort to do so would be by truncating the current H-1B visa program, which would result in limiting the great number of foreign technology workers who have historically come to the United States to work at technology companies. The new Administration is also seeking to work with technology leaders to create more jobs and production plants in the United States.
Jennifer A. Beckage, a partner in Phillips Lytle’s Buffalo office, focuses on matters concerning technology, data security and privacy. She can be reached at (716) 847-7093 or firstname.lastname@example.org