One week ago to the date we reported on rumors which showed that President-Elect Donald Trump had found some time on his busy schedule to meet with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and other tech industry leaders. A short 7 days later, we have learned that the rumors are true and the meeting is set to happen later today. (via KomoNews.com.)
According to reports from the AP, along with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Tim Cook from Apple, Larry Page from Alphabet, and Jeff Bezos from Amazon will be in attendance at the meeting. Other CEOs who have planned to attend also include Brian Krzanich from Intel, Ginni Rometty from IBM, Safra Catz from Oracle, and Chuck Robbins from Cisco Systems. Mark Zuckerberg, however, will not be in attendance, and Facebook’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, will be at the meeting instead of the Facebook CEO.
Since most companies attending have declined to comment ahead of the meeting, it is still not clear what is expected to be discussed at the meeting. Some in the tech industry, nonetheless, have pointed out several concerns in regards to Trump’s technology policies. In fact, back in July, 140 technology executives, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists published a letter which labeled Trump as a “disaster for innovation.”
According to the AP, Trump has blasted companies such as Amazon and has even threatened to put the online retail giant under anti-trust scrutiny. Ahead of the elections, the President-Elect has even lashed out against Tim Cook and Apple for fighting the government order for an encrypted iPhone. Of most importance, though, is the fact that industry leaders are reportedly concerned Trump might undo “net neutrality” and also try to restrict free speech online.