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DIGITAL DIVIDE AND CONQUER

Trump has a brilliant plan to turn Silicon Valley into a desert

@kmaney

DISRUPTIVE

HOW TO Fuck Up America: A Field Guide for New People in Power.

1. HUMBLE THE TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY

The new regime in D.C. seems to have had enough of smarty-pants geeks who spend one Red Bull– fueled week writing an emoji chatbot food-ordering app and sell it for a billion dollars. Over the past two decades, the U.S. tech industry has been a stunning force throughout the world. China didn’t invent Google. Russia didn’t come up with Face-book or Amazon or cloud computing or Oculus Rift virtual reality goggles. America did. And now tech is 7 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product, and that mostly goes to both coasts and a little to Austin, Texas, but certainly not Kansas, which is one big strike against tech. The new president of the United States has never used a MacBook or Waze or Venmo, so obviously this stu can’t be all that important. Strike two. About one-quarter of all tech companies launched between 1995 and 2005 were founded by immigrants, according to the Pew Research Center. That number is probably higher now. Strike three!

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