2017 Prediction: Reduced Encryption Technology

After the dust settles on the 2016 Election, several things will happen in 2017 that will impact Information Technology:

  • Legislation will be signed into law that will weaken or reduce the use of encryption.
  • Legislation will be signed into law that will have the effect of curtailing the effectiveness of the GPL license.
  • Most of the gains made with open source, open access platforms, scientific and technological publications will be reversed or hampered through legislation and international business policies.
  • Software developers will face acute constraints on their practice of software development as a result.

Regardless of who wins in November, these changes are inevitable in 2017 – 2020. I’ve provided no supporting evidence for these claims. Simply observing a range of statements by prominent persons and perceive an oncoming and inevitable shift in policy regarding information technology and those who practice in the field.

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