What Trump's Win Will Mean For Science And Technology

Posted: Nov 9 2016, 9:50am CST | by , Updated: Nov 10 2016, 6:42pm CST , in Latest Science News


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What Trump's Win Will Mean for Science and Technology
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As you've likely heard by now, Donald Trump has defeated Hillary Clinton and is now the President Elect. He will become the 45th president, taking over from President Barack Obama, who was a big supporter of technology and science.

"I say it is time for us to come together as one people," Trump told supporters in New York.

Here is where Donald Trump stands on some of these issues:

Donald Trump on Technology Issues

Net Neutrality and Broadband

Trump's presidency will bring about big changes to internet service providers, but the results of that are nearly impossible to predict. If Trump feels the same way that he did in 2014, it seems like net neutrality could be weakened. At the time, he said: “Obama’s attack on the internet is another top-down power grab. Net neutrality is the Fairness Doctrine. Will target conservative media.”

He promised "a temporary moratorium on new agency regulations," and has said that he would fine journalists who are critical of him.

Trump hasn't laid out any plans for expanding broadband access, so it is likely that he won't have any impact on that. If you want improvements, you'll have to look at your local governments.


Once again, unclear. They have really been vague on the details of whether or not anything will change. He brushed off the concerns during the debates. Trump did want a boycott of Apple.

Like many of his other plans, Trump's cybersecurity policies are quite thin. It calls for "immediate review of all US cyber defenses and vulnerabilities, including critical infrastructure, by a Cyber Review Team of individuals from the military, law enforcement, and the private sector."

Donald Trump on Science Issues

Trump's presidency should of concern for those in the sciences. Most say that he will cut budgets for discovery, limiting things like medical research, school programs, and technological development.

Trump gave no indication of any areas of science that he wishes to support, save for NASA.

He has also shown that he has little respect for science. He has said that vaccines cause autism. He believes that China is the creator of global warming. He plans to go against the suggestions of scientists on how to fix climate change.

Space Exploration

Trump has been pro-commercialism when it comes toward spaceflight.

"Public-private partnerships should be the foundation of our space efforts," Bob Walker and Peter Navarro, senior policy advisers to the Republican nominee, wrote in a Space News op-ed in October. "Such partnerships offer not only the benefit of reduced costs, but the benefit of partners capable of thinking outside of bureaucratic structures and regulations."

Intellectual property

Trump hasn't spoken out about his policies and copyrights. With that being said, he does have close ties to the entertainment world. He wants to "close" the internet to fight ISIS and "open up" libel laws.

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