After inexplicably rattling off the introduction dates for most of Apple’s recent flagship products, GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina announced that she’ll be able to get tech companies to work with the government on security issues because she “knows them.” Then she insisted that the government is using the wrong algorithms to identify terrorists online.
Fiorina said that tech companies didn’t need to be forced to share data with the government—she just needed to ask them. While it’s marginally encouraging that Fiorina isn’t blathering about destroying encryption, it’s, uh, bold that she’s saying all she needs to do is ask politely.
Fiorina was the CEO of Hewlett-Packard, and she certainly has deeper ties with Silicon Valley than most of the other candidates. But it’s crazy to suggest that she’ll be able to use those ties to convince companies like Apple and Facebook to do what the government asks. One of her most high-profile deals with Steve Jobs ended up with Fiorina gladly eating shit in a deal terrible for HP and great for Apple.
Fiorina doesn’t have a reputation in Silicon Valley as a persuasive dealmaker. She has a reputation as a failure.
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