ITI Daily News Roundup

09/18/2014

Key Issues

Net Neutrality

FCC Chairman Wheeler: Title II Is On The Table. In the final moments of the FCC’s public comment period on its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) concerning net neutrality, there was a spike in input regarding precisely how bad regulating ISPs under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934 would be. (TechCrunch) 

Knives out for net neutrality fight. On Capitol Hill, deep partisan divides over the issue virtually guarantee that whatever decision the FCC makes will be met with steep opposition. (The Hill) 

Tax

Congress Is About to Decide Whether to Tax Your Internet. Uncle Sam may start charging you for the right to access the Internet. (National Journal)

Privacy

EU regulators preparing guidelines for 'right to be forgotten' complaints. European regulators are working on guidelines for appeals from people whose requests to remove information from search results under their name have been turned down by search engines such as Google. (Reuters)

F.T.C. Fines Yelp and TinyCo for Violating Children’s Privacy Rules. Tiny Pets, Tiny Zoo, Tiny Monsters and other mobile apps aimed at children have been downloaded more than 34 million times, often – not surprisingly – by children. But TinyCo, the maker of the apps, failed to recognize that strict rules apply to collection of information from children online, according to federal regulators. (New York Times) 

Tech firm tries to pull back curtain on surveillance efforts in Washington. The specially outfitted smartphones, he said, are designed to act like high-tech divining rods that warn users of suspicious mobile activity, potentially indicating surveillance equipment used by police, intelligence agencies and others to track people and snoop on their calls. (Washington Post)

Cybersecurity

Chinese hacked U.S. military contractors, Senate probe finds. Hackers associated with the Chinese government have repeatedly infiltrated the computer systems of U.S. airlines, technology companies and other firms involved in the movement of U.S. troops and military equipment, a U.S. Senate panel has found. (Reuters)

IP Enforcement

Patent trolls reel as court smackdowns lead to collapse in share price. There is broad contempt for patent trolls in the tech industry, but that has done little to deter them. Now, however, it looks like the market is getting tired of them too. (Gigaom) 

Global Trade

Cutler, Indian Trade Official Get Ball Rolling For TPF Slated For This Year. In a new sign that there are concrete plans to hold the first U.S.-India Trade Policy Forum (TPF) since 2010, Indian and U.S. trade officials this week met to hash out the dates and agenda items for such a forum, according to a Sept. 17 press release from the Indian Commerce Ministry. (World Trade Online)

U.S. to press India on trade row during Modi's Washington visit. The United States said on Wednesday it will press India's new prime minister to end his blockage of a global trade pact when he visits Washington this month, something that could dampen the mood of a trip aimed at revitalising strategic ties. (Reuters)

Environment and Sustainability

Bipartisan accord on chemical law overhaul slips away. A draft bipartisan deal in the Senate meant to lay the groundwork for overhauling federal oversight of dangerous chemicals fell apart Wednesday. (Politico Pro)

Singapore to have 100 bins to collect electronic waste. StarHub, DHL Express, and TES-AMM partner to expand e-waste recycling initiative that will see 100 bins placed across Singapore, providing the public a way to get rid of their unwanted IT devices and equipment. (ZDNet)

Why crossing silos is the top job of a smart city. What is the No. 1 job of a smart city? Arguably, it's crossing city silos--creating an informational and operational web that can enable the disparate systems within a city to optimize performance and value creation through controlled collaboration with each other. (GreenBiz)

Public Sector

DHS management chief nominee's approach is data centric. As Russell Deyo sailed through his nomination hearing Wednesday to be the next undersecretary for management at the Homeland Security Department, his management approach and priorities centered on data. (Federal News Radio)

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin to make rocket engine for Boeing, Lockheed Martin. Amazon CEO's aerospace company enters into a partnership with the United Launch Alliance to develop BE-4, a rocket engine to replace Russian-made launch jets. (CNET) 

Reid sets up Thursday vote on CR. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) set up a vote for Thursday on the stopgap funding measure that will prevent a government shutdown. (The Hill)

Innovation

New Jersey Is Working to Build a Diverse New Generation of Science and Tech Innovators. In New Jersey, the clustering of highly educated people, top companies, and world-renowned research universities has made it one of the premier places in the country for biopharmaceuticals, medical devices, chemical production, and knowledge creation. (National Journal)

Tesla CEO Musk Sees Fully Autonomous Car Ready in Five or Six Years. Tesla Motors Inc.'s Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said the technology for a fully autonomous car will be ready in five or six years, and the result will be a vehicle far less likely to harm occupants and others on the road. (Wall Street Journal)

ITI Member News

Apple will no longer unlock most iPhones, iPads for police, even with search warrants. Apple said Wednesday night that it is making it impossible for the company to turn over data from most iPhones or iPads to police — even when they have a search warrant — taking a hard new line as tech companies attempt to blunt allegations that they have too readily participated in government efforts to collect user information. (Washington Post)

The big stick behind Google’s soft power approach to Europe. These setbacks have come despite Google increasing its lobbying efforts and launching a charm offensive in Brussels and national capitals across Europe, as the US technology group wrestles with the reality of life as a $400bn company in an increasingly strictly regulated sector. (Financial Times)

Monitise shares tumble as Visa explores options for stake. Shares of Monitise Plc fell by nearly a third after Visa Inc said it was exploring options for its 5.5 percent stake in the British mobile banking technology company. (Reuters)

1600 Penn.

In the morning, President Obama will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. Afterward, the president will receive credentials from foreign ambassadors recently posted in Washington at an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony in the Oval Office. In the afternoon, the president and the vice president will meet with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine, focusing on efforts toward a diplomatic resolution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine. The president will attend a DNC roundtable later in the afternoon at the Capital Hilton Hotel.

Today on the Hill

The House will convene at 9 a.m. and recess immediately, reconvening at 9:45 a.m. for a joint meeting with the Senate, to receive the President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine. The House will meet at 12 p.m. for legislative business.

At 2 p.m., the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security will hold a hearing entitled “Safeguarding Privacy and Civil Liberties While Keeping our Skies Safe”

At 2 p.m., the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet will have an oversight hearing on the U.S. Copyright Office.

The Senate will meet at 9:30 a.m., followed by a joint meeting of Congress, and then reconvene for morning business until 1 p.m. The Senate will consider H.J.Res.124, the continuing resolution. There will be up to 4.5 hours of debate prior to a series of roll call votes at approximately 5:30 p.m.

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