The months since we at IoT World News made our claims that Donald Trump's presidency does not bode well for the United States have been even more fraught with scandal and controversy than was expected -- and a lot was expected, considering the platform the incoming president ran on, along with his personal and business history.
And despite this considerable time-gap, on the day that President Trump gets sworn in the vast majority of us are still asking "what happens next?" He's picked his cabinet, and some of his selections have caused plenty of concern among the tech community -- chiefly in the area of cybersecurity, where ex-New York mayor Rudi Giuliani will be Trump's advisor. Giuliani, who as The Register pointed out, runs an "ancient" and "easily hackable" website, "running a version of PHP released in 2013, and a version of Joomla that was released around 2012".
As web developer Michael Fienen put it: "Oh yeah, I totally trust this guy to put together a top notch team to protect us from hackers".
However, from a business perspective Trump's shock election win doesn't seem to have had the negative impact many anticipated. According to MarketWatch, "U.S. markets jubilantly vaulted higher in the wake of Trump’s surprise victory over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, leaving many investors, including some of the smartest, like billionaire George Soros at least temporarily flat-footed". Meanwhile, on the day of his inauguration, "the level of consternation in the market is palpable".
As far as the U.S.A.'s smart cities are concerned, the fate of the nation's many urban IoT projects seems much grimmer than it would've been in anticipation of a Clinton presidency. Fortunately much of the progress being made with smart city technology in the US is privately funded, through companies working in isolation or public-private initiatives overseen at state level. Beyond that, most of America's smart city progress is not directed or funded at a federal level -- more often than not, each city is in it for themselves.
But the days of support smart city-related projects received under Obama have come to an end, while any efforts Trump makes to rally his Rust Belt of core voters will most likely harm a number of the IoT advances Northern America was hoping to make in general, notably where automation and environmentally-friendly solutions are concerned.
Did you miss our first article on why Trump's presidency does not bode well for smart cities in the U.S.? Read it now.
— Jeremy Coward, Community Manager, IoT World News
Have you registered to attend Smart to Future Cities in London this May? It's Europe's only city-centric event, where the government's finest from the U.K. and beyond congregate to share smart city best practice. Public sector employees attend for free!