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Presidential Candidates on 7 Big Tech Issues

Presidential Candidates on 7 Big Tech Issues

It’s undeniable that we live in the golden age of technology. Our lives are pretty much dominated by technology. Let’s face it, how long would we last if the lights went out? So it seems pretty important that whoever is running the country should have a handle on tech and what it means in the big picture.


In February, Clinton called cybersecurity one of “the most important challenges the next president is going to face,” citing the offensive advances of Russia, China, Iran and North Korea. In the National Security section of Clinton’s website, the candidate directly addresses risks posed by Russian and Chinese hackers.

Trump’s campaign website provides scant detail on his cybersecurity policy. However, the candidate told The New York Times that “certainly cyber has to be in our thought process, very strongly in our thought process…Inconceivable the power of cyber…you can make countries nonfunctioning with a strong use of cyber.” Trump also made a comment that seemed to encourage the Russian government to hack Clinton’s email. The remark was criticized by FBI chief James Comey. Trump later said he was being sarcastic.

Privacy and encryption

Clinton has a complex relationship with privacy and encryption. Her use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state has dogged her campaign. She argued for compromise during the Apple-FBI standoff over whether Apple should be forced to help the agency crack into an iPhone used be a terrorist, and her policy position supports the formation of a commission to strike a balance between individual privacy and national security. “Hillary rejects the false choice between privacy interests and keeping Americans safe,” says her position statement.

Trump hasn’t issued a policy statement but his words indicate he isn’t sympathetic to privacy concerns when public safety is involved. He’s suggested the government should have access to encrypted devices, and he called out Apple during the tech giant’s standoff with the FBI. “Who do they think they are?” Trump said. “They have to open it up.”


The US should leave coordinating the domain name system that addresses internet sites to Los Angeles-based ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which takes over on October 1, Clinton says. The ICANN transition is “a critical step towards safeguarding the internet’s openness for future generations,” says the Clinton policy. ICANN is in charge of the Domain Name System (DNS) and is in charge of assigning IP addresses to top-level domains like .com, .net and .org.

Trump says the US should control the internet, end of story, and he objects to passing control to ICANN. “Congress needs to act, or internet freedom will be lost for good, since there will be no way to make it great again once it is lost,” said Trump National Policy Director Stephen Miller said in a statement Tuesday. For a detailed look at the ICANN issue, check out our rundown here.


When it comes to STEM, or science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects, Clinton’s website enumerates a three-point plan with significant investments in such education, a proposal that’s nested in a detailed economic proposal. “A new generation of potential scientists, engineers, coders, and mathematicians are learning in classrooms across America right now,” she says. Her plan proposes spending and support in the private and public sectors at the regional and national levels.

Trump has no specific STEM policy but has noted on his website that “we graduate two times more Americans with STEM degrees each year than find STEM jobs.”

H-1B visas

Speaking to a group of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs in 2007 Clinton expressed support for H-1B visas, temporary visas for skilled workers. Her website states that Clinton would “staple” a green card to STEM masters and Ph.D.s from accredited institutions, enabling international students who complete degrees in these fields a path to permanent residence. Clinton also would support “startup” visas that let entrepreneurs from abroad come to the US to build tech companies.

Trump’s policy seeks to increase the pay for people holding H-1Bs as part of a plan to steer more work to Americans. “Raising the prevailing wage paid to H-1Bs will force companies to give…coveted entry-level jobs to the existing domestic pool of unemployed native and immigrant workers in the US, instead of flying in cheaper workers from overseas,” his policy says.


Clinton’s nearly 7,000-word Initiative on Technology & Innovation uses technology as the center of a broad platform of economic issues. The proposal includes funding for classroom technology and spurring tech exports. Clinton’s plan is supported by several major influential Silicon Valley technologists.

Trump hasn’t expressed much on the subject of innovation and research. But Silicon Valley has weighed in on the candidate’s potential impact. “Trump would be a disaster for innovation,” according to a July open letter signed by nearly 150 tech leaders, including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. Atkinson, of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, said Trump’s background in real estate isn’t “really geared toward innovation.”


Clinton opposes tax inversions. A tax inversion is a legal tactic that allows companies to migrate their tax burden to a country with a lower rate, while keeping primary corporate operations in the originating country. The practice has been associated with biotechnology companies and pharmaceutical firms. “I call it a perversion, but under the tax code it’s called an inversion,” she declared on her website. “And we will make you pay for that with a new exit tax.”

Trump wants to encourage US companies to build at home by instituting a 35 percent tax on products made outside of the US. He singled out Apple during a January stump speech saying, “We’re going to get Apple to build their damn computers and things in this country instead of in other countries.” Apple, which declined to comment on Trump’s comments at the time he made them, designs many of its products at its Silicon Valley headquarters and has them assembled in China. If Apple products were manufactured in the US, the price of an iPhone potentially could rise to around $900 to offset worker wages.

First Published in cnet: https://www.cnet.com/news/clinton-trump-7-tech-issues-encryption-cybersecurity-apple/

Top Job Pick: Data Migration Consultant – Contract, Plantation

Top Job Pick: Data Migration Consultant – Contract, Plantation

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Cyber Miami Conference: Meet the guardians

Cyber Miami Conference: Meet the guardians


THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM estimated the economic cost of cybercrime to be $3 trillion worldwide. By 2020 the world will need to cyber-defend 50 times more data than it does today.

CyberWeek Miami is the most significant business conference and exhibition of cyber technologies which provide a unique access to top Cyber Business Leaders from Israel and the US while connecting the business Eco System of the LATAM market.

ITPalooza: CloudHesive presents AWS’ Ed Omland Keynote at ITPalooza – Dec 8

ITPalooza: CloudHesive presents AWS’ Ed Omland Keynote at ITPalooza – Dec 8


CloudHesive presents Ed Omland – AWS Global Head of the Growth Partner Segment will present the closing keynote address at this year’s ITPalooza.

We are super excited to have Ed and AWS at ITPalooza. Not only because Ed’s a great guy and a gifted speaker but because AWS is such an important part of the fabric of modern business.

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas? Not really…

No time to visit AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas? No problem, we’ll be presenting a session highlighting all the best bits of the conference for your delight! Look out for the session schedule that we’ll be publishing in the coming weeks and be sure to add it to your list of ‘Must Do’s’

ed-omland-300x300About Ed Omland: Ed is the leader for the AWS Growth Partner Segment & the US Managed SI/ISV Segment. Ed leverages his decade of experience in telco, hardware and SaaS businesses both in sales and partner organization to help AWS Partners build their businesses. During his time at AWS, Ed has helped hundreds of AWS partners build businesses with AWS by focusing on the customer’s needs.


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AWS’ Ed Omland to Keynote ITPalooza


Workshop: Building Modern Web Apps with ASP.NET Core and ES 2015 by Cecil Phillip – Nov 5

Workshop: Building Modern Web Apps with ASP.NET Core and ES 2015 by Cecil Phillip – Nov 5


It’s such an exciting time to be an ASP.NET developer. With Microsoft finally releasing ASP.NET Core and the ES 2015 spec being ratified, so many more possibilities have been opened up for us. While there’s still quite a few familiar concepts, there are also new features that will improve the way we approach building web applications.

In this 2 day workshop, you will get up to speed with ASP.NET Core and ES 2015. You’ll get a solid foundation on the fundamentals, and learn how to accomplish some common tasks. We’ll highlight some of the major new features, explain their benefits and also show you how to apply them. Some of the topics that will be covered include:

  • Understanding .NET Core
  • The Razor engine and TagHelpers
  • Accessing data with Entity Framework Core
  • Securing your site with ASP.NET Core Identity
  • ES 2015 Tooling and Testing
  • Front-End Architecture with Modules, MVVM and more
  • Web Components and The Modern Browser
  • Popular Data Access Libraries

Who is this for?

If you’re already familiar with C#, JavaScript and building web applications then this course will be a great way to get an understanding of the new advancements in server-side .NET and ES 2015 on the client-side.

Already familiar with ASP.NET MVC or ExpressJS? That’s even better! You’ll be able to see how easily your existing skills can be applied to the latest version of ASP.NET.


9 AM – 5PM
November 5th–6th, 2016


Octagon Technology Staffing @ Axis
333 Las Olas Way, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Parking Information

There’s a few options for parking around Downtown Fort Lauderdale. Here are some of our suggestions.

  • Las Olas River House Self-Parking : $5 (Mention to valet you want to self-park and that you’re going to Octagon Tech at Axis)
  • City Parking Garage SE 1st Ave and SE 2nd Street (Right next to FAU and Broward College)
  • Street-side parking

What you’ll need

Please bring your own laptop and power adapter. Either Windows or OSX laptops will work fine. Before the workshop, you should also install either Visual Studio Code or Visual Studio 2015. Both of these are available for free. Some other tools we’ll be using include Git and NodeJS.

Your Instructors

new_head Ashley Grant is a full stack web developer from Tallahassee, FL with over ten years of industry experience. Ashley blogs at http://aurelia.ninja on whatever is bugging him this week. He is passionate about showing just how awesome Modern JavaScript development can be! As Aurelia’s Community Lead, Ashley focuses on community outreach and making sure everyone knows that their voice matters in the future of the web.

new_head Cecil Phillip is a Software Developer with over 8 years of professional experience providing .NET based solutions across a variety of industries. Currently, his focus is building Web based solutions utilizing C#, ASP.NET, NodeJS and other web technologies. He is also a trainer, mentor, speaker, and podcaster. You can follow Cecil on Twitter at @cecilphillip. Also, check out his podcast at http://awayfromthekeyboard.com.