The full ramifications of Donald Trump being the next president of the United States of America will not be known for months — perhaps years. Given he’s a man of many conflicting words it’s near impossible to know which of his pledges and pronouncements he will keep or act upon, likely until his administration is up and running and showing its true colors.
Yet uncertainty can itself be a motivator — and the risk of an authoritarian leader as commander-in-chief of the US’ government’s mass surveillance apparatus has caused many to sound alarm bells already.
French President Francois Hollande said on Friday he hoped U.S. President-elect Donald Trump would clarify his position on issues including conflicts in Syria and Ukraine and Iran’s nuclear deal when the two men talk by phone later in the day.
“My duty is to make sure we have the best possible relations with the United States, but a relation that is based on frankness and clarity,” Hollande told France 2 television.
This week, the U.S. was shell shocked and in the tech world in dismay from Donald Trump’s victory as the new President of the United States. Silicon Valley lost its mind in a mess of tweet storms and public outcry. It was the perfect time for GoPro to announce it is recalling its Karma drone, and we escaped this harsh cruel reality with the launch of Google’s Daydream VR and the Nintendo NES Classic Edition.
President-elect fires back on Twitter as protesters hit streets again in many major cities
PORTLAND, Ore. — Another round of protests over Donald Trump’s election hit many major cities across the country Thursday during the day and at night and, while most were peaceful, at least one turned violent and was officially dubbed a riot.
The president-elect fired back on Twitter after demonstrators in both red and blue states hit the streets again to express outrage over his unexpected win.
Trump tweeted Thursday night, “Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!”
The latest demonstrations occurred from Portland, Oregon, to Chicago, to New York and parts in between. Many drew several hundred people but some drew thousands.
Security firm Volexity believes the emails come from the same Russians accused of hacking the DNC.
Now that the election is over, the Russian teams of hackers suspected of breaking into the Democratic Party’s systems have reportedly launched a new phishing attack on US political think tanks and non-government organizations. Incident response firm Volexity has compiled information on “The Dukes” (aka APT29 or Cozy Bear) that it believes are behind the attacks. This time around, they worked by posing as a Harvard professor, sending links to Microsoft Office Word or Excel documents that contained a macro used to install a malware downloader on that target’s computer. Once installed, it downloads a PNG file that has a backdoor embedded via steganography.
Nov 9 Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday Russia was ready to fully restore relations with the United States following the election of businessman Donald Trump as the new U.S. president.
Receiving credentials from new foreign ambassadors to Russia, Putin said he had heard Trump’s campaign statements about improving ties with Moscow. He said Russia was ready do its part to achieve this but recognised it would not be easy.
Improved relations would benefit both Russia and the United States, he added.
(Reporting by Polina Devitt and Christian Lowe; Writing by Jack Stubbs; Editing by Alexander Winning)
A new report from mobile analytics firm Flurry out this morning shows how Americans’ overwhelming election fatigue and disinterest in continuing to follow political news stories played out during the U.S. Elections. The firm found that two of the lowest dips in news reading activity on mobile devices – where many people today consume election news and information – occurred immediately following the 2nd and 3rd Presidential debates.
A Trump win is antithetical to a Silicon Valley culture that prides itself on (rigthtly or wrongly) on meritocracy, openness, and rationality. Beyond that, many in the Valley have a problem with Trump’s blatant bigotry, misogyny, xenophobia, and homophobia.