As the 2016 presidential election played out, the tech industry was widely seen as opposed to the prospect of a Trump presidency. And the administration's earliest actions — marked by poor execution, willful ignorance of data and xenophobia — has done nothing to counter that pessimism. What's more, Trump's "travel ban," and the sweeping crackdown on immigration it portends, casts a significant pall over an industry studded with entrepreneurs and employees who were born far from American shores.
Yet while the tech industry pushes back against these excesses and girds itself for the fights to come, can there be any cause for optimism? Will the forces of reason and moderation prevail so that sounder policies can be pursued? If so — and I prefer in these times to try to focus on optimism wherever I can — we could see some Trump-driven policy changes that will actually help our industry grow.
Here are four.