U.S. internet companies urge Trump to ease immigration policies for high-skilled techies

CALIFORNIA, U.S. - As America’s president-elect, Donald Trump is set to assume office on January 20, 2017 - the Internet Association is said to have sent a detailed list of their policy ...


• Trump claimed tech companies should remain under U.S. control

• Trump and internet companies likely to clash over immigration policies

• Mark Zuckerberg has earlier publicly urged a broader deal on immigration

CALIFORNIA, U.S. - As America’s president-elect, Donald Trump is set to assume office on January 20, 2017 - the Internet Association is said to have sent a detailed list of their policy priorities that include promoting strong encryption, immigration reform and maintaining liability protection from content that users share on their platforms.

The Internet Association, a trade group with 40 members including some big names such as Facebook, Google, Amazon, Alphabet, Uber, Twitter and AirBnB amongst others made an early effort to repair the relation between the tech giants and Trump.

Earlier this year, 145 tech leaders warned that Trump would be a ‘disaster for innovation’ as he called the net neutrality a “top-down power grab.” Trump was also against the federal government’s decision to give the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to an international nonprofit organisation, claiming that the internet should remain under U.S. control, “end of story.”

But after Trump’s win, the IA remained optimistic about its damage control methods and urged for easing regulation on the sharing economy, lowering taxes on profits made from intellectual property, and applying pressure on Europe to not implement barriers that restrict U.S. internet companies from growing in that market.

The IA also congratulated Trump and listed stronger encryption and overhauling government surveillance among its top concerns. 

IA’s President and CEO Michael Beckerman in a statement said, “We look forward to working closely with the Trump administration, along with Republicans and Democrats in Congress, to implement policies that promote innovation and cement the internet’s role as a driver of economic and social progress for future generations.”

IA’s proposed goals include upholding Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act so internet companies can't get sued easily for things their users say or do online, upholding Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act so internet companies can't get easily sued if they quickly remove copyrighted content that users upload, and reforming the 30-year-old Electronic Communications Privacy Act – Supporting strong encryption, reforming Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which lets the NSA collect online communications without a warrant. It also urged Trump to provide similar copyright protections to companies that operate outside the United States.

However, IA’s proposal to ease immigration policies is likely to clash with Trump’s provisional plans as he has pledged to deport over three million immigrants and his views on strict immigration laws also prohibit easy access to high-skilled immigrants.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has earlier publicly urged a broader deal on immigration policy supporting another group Fwd.us, which was highly critical of Trump's immigration proposals and called for a path to citizenship for undocumented workers.

Another area of clash between Trump and tech giants would be strong encryption in products against efforts by law enforcement agencies. 

The IA has pushed for upholding recent reforms which prevents NSA to collect bulk call data in the name of national security, breaching users’ privacy. 

Earlier, Trump called for a boycott on Apple products over the company's refusal to help the FBI unlock an iPhone associated with last year's San Bernardino, California shootings.

Trump’s ever-shifting policy proposals during his campaigns have alarmed tech companies and sometimes elicited public mockery. It remains to be seen to what extent, Trump aligns his policies with the views of the internet companies.

 

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