Trump calls for ‘sweeping transformation’ of gov IT as Tim Cook pushes to make coding a requirement in schools

Trump calls for ‘sweeping transformation’ of gov IT as Tim Cook pushes to make coding a requirement in schools


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As we reported earlier today, Tim Cook was among a handful of tech executives who met with President Donald Trump today in Washington D.C. The central purpose of the meeting was to help use technology to cut costs and further modernize the United States government. Now, Recode is offering up a few additional details as to what was said…

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President Trump called for a “sweeping transformation of the federal government’s technology” at the meeting, which consisted of Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Palantir CEO Alex Karp, and many more.

Throughout the meeting, Trump admitted that the United States government very munch needs to play “catch up” with the private sector in terms of technology, saying that federal agencies owe it to citizens to offer “dramatically better services to citizens.”

After a day of meetings with those and other tech executives at the White House, Trump admitted the feds had to “catch up” with the private sector: He said federal agencies had to deliver “dramatically better services to citizens,” for example, while buying cheaper, better technology and adopting “stronger protections from cyberattacks.”

Specifically, Tim Cook pitched to President Trump that the united States should make coding a requirement in school’s, something he has voiced his opinion on in the past as well.  Cook has pointed to efforts such as Swift Playgrounds as Apple’s way of encouraging young kids to take up coding. Cook also agreed with Trump in saying that the United States…



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