Digital Transformation

Trump establishes American Technology Council as he courts tech elite

By Lisa Lacy | n/a

May 1, 2017 | 3 min read

President Donald Trump reportedly plans to meet with “top technology executives” in early June to discuss how to modernize the federal government.

That’s according to Recode, which cited confirmation from a White House official.

The forthcoming meeting is tied to the American Technology Council, which was established in an executive order signed May 1.

Trump has created the American Technology Council to help modernize the federal government.

Trump has created the American Technology Council to help modernize the federal government.

According to Recode, the White House did not specify which technology executives it was targeting. However, Axios reports about 20 tech CEOs will come for half-day working sessions and “a few tech titans have indicated a willingness to participate”.

Recode says former Microsoft executive Chris Liddell will lead the Council, but other members are not clear aside from the Trump cabinet members listed in the order.

Recode also reports the effort is not unlike former President Barack Obama’s US Digital Service, but notes Trump is likely to face even more challenges given stiff opposition to his presidency in Silicon Valley.

According to Axios, the Council is part of Senior Adviser Jared Kushner's White House Office of American Innovation, which seeks “to unite the government with private-sector ideas to solve long-term problems”.

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