The 45th president of the united states of america

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On January 20th 2017, Donald Trump became the United States of America’s 45th president and has since run an office mired with controversy. From opposing net neutrality to imposing immigration bans, Trump’s actions could quickly have a negative affect on the US tech sector.

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NEUTRALITY

Net neutrality is the idea that internet providers should provide equal access to all kinds of content - without it, providers could implement pricing structures based on user, content, website, platform or application. As an example, users of streaming services such as Netflix could theoretically be charged more than non-streaming services or sites, as could web users who view websites with a different country code domain.

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SQUARING UP TO GIANTS OF THE TECH WORLD

Trump has not been backwards in coming forwards on his views of tech giants including Apple and Amazon, criticising both for investing too much in products that are made outside of the US, that could be made in America by Americans. The iPhone is designed in California, but production is outsourced to countries including China, Korea and Mongolia - Apple claims this is to save time, rather than money.

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THE MUSLIM BAN AND IMMIGRATION REFORMS

President Trump has been very vocal about his feelings on immigration and the rules on who can enter the US, instating a controversial travel ban (dubbed the Muslim Ban based on the countries targeted) and pledging to build an even more controversial wall along the border of Mexico and the US.

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THE SUSPENSION OF FAST TRACK H-1B VISAS

The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US employers to employ workers from overseas, temporarily and in specific sectors. It is heavily used by the tech sector in the US, which relies on it to quickly fill available roles with workers from other countries. 81,000 people are awarded the H-1B visa each year and in 2015, 66% of H-1B visas granted were for tech jobs.

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So what's next?

The overall impact of the Donald Trump presidency on the US tech sector remains to be seen, but it looks set to be a rocky first term for the new President, and he may need to reassess his kneejerk reactions to criticism if he is to bring the tech sector around. Time will tell whether the two sides can establish a firmer friendship over the coming months.

But whilst the US tech sector has many challenges ahead, there are still opportunities aplenty for the best and brightest talent that has helped Silicon Valley thrive. With an office placed in New York, GCS is perfectly placed to deliver these exciting vacancies. Take a look at the jobs we have available and you could find yourself part of an innovative global industry.

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