As reported by CNN, “Donald Trump told his audience at a campaign stop to boycott Apple if the company doesn’t give the ‘security number’ to the FBI to hack into the San Bernardino attacker’s iPhone.”
Yes, that’s a long way from e-books and apart from the mass surveillance controversy. Still, it makes me wonder how the right to read e-books in private would ultimately fare if Trump made it to the White House and the crazies on Capital Hill grew even worse.
Right now I’m not expecting an Orwellian scenario. But then again, who’d have thought that Trump would even run for President? Last night he won the South Carolina primary, and Hillary Clinton prevailed in the Democrats’ Nevada caucus. Now suppose it’s November and new last-minute dirt surfaces on Ms. Clinton. Read the latest on her from The Atlantic.
Again, I’m talking remote possibilities, not the probability of a Trump presidency, but just as with Strangelovian scenarios, consequences can scary even if the odds are still on our side.
The negatives of a Trump presidency, of course, would go far beyond the e-book privacy issue in respect to technology and American life in general. What would you do if he won—personally, professionally and otherwise?
I doubt I’d leave the U.S., however much I’ll joke about it. But my mother’s side of the family has been here since the 1860s, and the Silicon Valley is full of brilliant techies without the same roots. What would you do in their place? I’d hope they would stay. With an xenophobic Trump and friends setting the tone in D.C. toward tech, however, I’m not so certain.
And speaking of leaving the U.S. if the wrong guy wins: Check out the Blue State movie on Amazon. It’s a romantic comedy, road flick and political satire about a young Dem who moves to Canada in the wake of George Bush’s victory over John Kerry. I’ve been pestering Joanna, the Canadian in the TeleRead family, so to speak, to give me her take on Blue State.
Related: Trump’s South Carolina victory could make him unstoppable in GOP race, by Anthony J. Gaughan, associate professor of law, Drake University, in The Conversation.