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The tech we didn’t talk about in 2016, but should have

Rob Enderle | Jan. 4, 2017
Columnist Rob Enderle writes about a variety of tech things we should have focused on in 2016 and looks forward to a better 2017.

Oh, and given that pretty much the entire tech industry supported her, why didn’t they actually help her get it right. Donald Trump had one guy, Peter Thiel, and outperformed Clinton. How is that even possible?

Fake news

There is a ton of focus on Russia being the source of fake news even though we know Google’s ad engine pays for it. In fact Methbot is generating a whopping $3 million a day for these fake sites and stories and that is likely an understatement.   So, rather than pounding on Russia, and telling them to “cut it out,” wouldn’t a better fix be to call up Eric Schmidt, who is the chairman of Google and a personal friend of the President and ask him to stop paying these guys? If the incentives go away might that not reduce the amount of fake news?

Just the tip of the iceberg

These are just a few of the things I think we should have been talking about and didn’t over this last year. I’m a tad worried about the U.S. government which seems increasingly clueless about cybersecurity even though, given the nation’s tech dominance, we should be best at it. In the end, though, I’ll be glad to say goodbye to 2016 and I’m looking hopefully ahead to a better 2017.   Here is hoping you have a wonderful holiday season and a great new year!


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