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The Government Still Uses Floppy Disks - Trump Wants To Change That

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Kenny Thornton | 28 June, 2017, 21:20

For many, it was the second group meeting with Mr. Trump since the election - and another demonstration of the administration's ability to summon top business executives, even amid controversy.

What is really more likely is that the they are brown-nosing their way to for lucrative USA government contracts which are up for grabs as the government upgrades its computing systems.

Uber's Travis Kalanick and Tesla's Elon Musk have already left a presidential advisory council over President Donald Trump's goal to gut the H-1B visa program, which is frequently used to employ foreign engineering talent in the US, and Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Within the order, which builds on plans laid out by the Obama administration, Trump announced the creation of the council, whose mission is to "coordinate the vision strategy and direction for the federal government's use of information technology and the delivery of services through information technology". The FBI has reported that Russian intelligence agencies have attempted to hack into the electoral systems of multiple state governments and will likely attempt to do so again in the future.

Despite disagreements about climate policy and immigration, the White House still managed to scrape together 18 technology executives who want to have a voice in the administration.

Fireworks explode when Chris Wallace confronts top Trump attorney about FBI investigation
Last week, President Donald Trump tweeted that he's being investigated over the firing of former FBI Director James Comey . Mueller, the FBI director before Comey, has not released any details on the investigation.

Tim Cook requested that computer coding be taught in every public school.

A number of interesting things were shared at the first meeting of the American Technology Council on Tuesday.

CEOs from firms such as Adobe, Akamai, Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle, Palantir, and Qualcomm were in attendance, along with investors such as Peter Thiel, who was one of the few Silicon Valley execs to show support for Trump during his presidential campaign. Most recently, the industry leaders condemned the president's decision to withdraw the US from an global climate agreement.

While it was COO Sheryl Sandberg, rather than Mark Zuckerberg, who represented the company at December's meeting with Trump, the social network sent no representatives to yesterday's summit. Climate change is real. In protest to the travel ban, the New York Taxi Workers Alliance called on its members to avoid JFK airport.

"There are many ways we will continue to advocate for just change on immigration, but staying on the council was going to get in the way of that", he said.

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