The cyber, as we all know, is very, very tough. Perhaps with that in mind, USA Today reports that President-Elect Donald Trump's transition team has invited a group of tech luminaries to New York City next week for some sort of technology summit.
At present, details — such as the complete list of who from the world of Silicon Valley Trump is invited — are unclear. The Trump team didn't respond to the paper's request for comment, and it is unsurprising that members of the tech community aren't loudly trumpeting the fact of their planned attendance (or their plan to snub Trump and flip him off, virtually). After all, with a few notable exceptions, the big names in Silicon Valley were notoriously upset about the Trump candidacy and even more so about his win.
Some of those whose planned attendance is confirmed include Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins and Oracle Co-CEO Safra Catz. Facebook and Google both declined to tell the paper whether they would send representatives to the December 14 meeting, or if the companies had even been invited. Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman, who called Trump "a dishonest demagogue," will stick to her guns and not attend.
Trump told the New York Times that Tim Cook called him after the election to congratulate him on his win, so we at least know that Apple and Trump are on speaking terms. Whether or not that will earn Cook an invite is unclear.
Those who do make it to New York City next week may find a rather blank slate in the president-elect when it comes to issues important to the tech community. In a widely mocked moment from one of the presidential debates, the potentially computer illiterate Trump did not show himself to be particularly knowledgeable about issues of technology. However, with Facebook board member Peter Thiel potentially playing an advisory role in the new administration, Trump likely figures that he doesn't have to worry about it all that much.