President Trump signs executive order to create American Technology Council

Shawn Knight

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President Trump on Monday signed an executive order to create a council designed to “transform and modernize” the federal government’s information technology wherewithal.

The American Technology Council (ATC), as it’ll be called, will be led by former Microsoft executive Chris Liddell, a White House official told Re/code. This is in spite of the fact that Trump is listed as the Chairman with other prominent politicians such as the Vice President, the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Homeland Security cited as members.

The executive order notes that the council will not have any impact on national security systems. Instead, the efforts of the ATC appear to be focused on how the government uses and delivers digital services to citizens. Given the vagueness of the order, however, the true scope of the ATC is next to impossible to pin down at this hour.

As Re/code highlights, Trump isn’t the first president to attempt to bring the government into the modern era. President Barack Obama essentially did much of the same through initiatives like the U.S. Digital Service.

The ATC is scheduled to hold its first meeting in June. Re/code reached out to several major tech companies including Amazon, Google, Facebook, IBM, SpaceX, Tesla and Microsoft to see if representatives from the companies would be present; none of them immediately responded to requests for comment.

Image courtesy Drew Angerer, Getty Images

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Uncle Al

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I'm looking at the picture and seeing pieces of paper, a few pens and a day timer ..... but no tablet's or laptops. Is their idea of technology anything from this century .... or even the last? We've already seen what kind of smuck it put in charge of the FCC ....... God help us all!
 
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Evernessince

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I'm looking at the picture and seeing pieces of paper, a few pens and a day timer ..... but no tablet's or laptops. Is their idea of technology anything from this century .... or even the last? We've already seen what kind of smuck it put in charge of the FCC ....... God help us all!
Well you can pray that they appoint someone who does know about IT. It's always been painfully obvious how ignorant those on capital hill are to technology, especially with the recent need to excuse the removal of net neutrality.
 
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BSim500

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"The American Technology Council (ATC), as it’ll be called, will be led by former Microsoft executive Chris Liddell"
So whilst you're in the middle of a Powerpoint presentation to your boss, the ATC will hound you with popups to upgrade your attendance to their meetings, and then remotely cause your company computers to stop working every time you get an updated newsletter from them?...
 

Skidmarksdeluxe

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I'm looking at the picture and seeing pieces of paper, a few pens and a day timer ..... but no tablet's or laptops. Is their idea of technology anything from this century .... or even the last? We've already seen what kind of smuck it put in charge of the FCC ....... God help us all!
Well you can pray that they appoint someone who does know about IT. It's always been painfully obvious how ignorant those on capital hill are to technology, especially with the recent need to excuse the removal of net neutrality.
They don't need to know anything about tech, they employ lackey's for that ununderstandable, complicated stuff. All they need to understand and want to know is how much money it'll bring to their coffers. They're only just politicians after all and don't have to have Einstein IQ's, just the gift of being able to glibly lie, street smarts and some cunning.
 
"The American Technology Council (ATC), as it’ll be called, will be led by former Microsoft executive Chris Liddell"
So whilst you're in the middle of a Powerpoint presentation to your boss, the ATC will hound you with popups to upgrade your attendance to their meetings, and then remotely cause your company computers to stop working every time you get an updated newsletter from them?...
I don't think they will make it to the middle of a Powerpoint presentation. I'm sure they will BSOD way before then.
 

IAMTHESTIG

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DoD should cut ties with M$ and invest in development of an alternative network operating system designed for control from the top down. It seems Active Directory is the old beast that will never die, and never gets updated either...
 

JamesSWD

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I'm looking at the picture and seeing pieces of paper, a few pens and a day timer ..... but no tablet's or laptops. Is their idea of technology anything from this century .... or even the last? We've already seen what kind of smuck it put in charge of the FCC ....... God help us all!
This is a stock photo taken months ago from another meeting Trump had with tech giants. It's unrelated to this article's content. Notice who's at the table with him during that meeting.
 
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bobc4012

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This is a stock photo taken months ago from another meeting Trump had with tech giants. It's unrelated to this article's content. Notice who's at the table with him during that meeting.
Good catch. And maybe it will open up more jobs for American IT workers rather than the cheap H1Bs let in by the previous administrations - especially during Clinton's 8 years - ACIWA - 1998 increased from 65,000/yr to 115,000/yr and then AC21 in 2000 increased it to 195,000/yr. The H1B program was started in 1990 under Bush Sr. and capped at 65,000/yr. It was reset back to 65,000 in 2004 under Bush Jr.
 
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MonsterZero

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DoD should cut ties with M$ and invest in development of an alternative network operating system designed for control from the top down. It seems Active Directory is the old beast that will never die, and never gets updated either...
What's wrong with AD?
 

IAMTHESTIG

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What's wrong with AD?
Nothing other than it is stale and needs new features. My main reason for bringing this up is Windows as an OS, is becoming a big problem. It would be nice if there were fully featured alternatives to AD, group policies, and associated services on other operating systems. If there were, many businesses and government enteties would not be using Windows.