ITI Daily News Roundup

09/13/2013

Key Issues

Privacy

Obama's NSA surveillance review panel did not discuss changes, attendees say.  Pair say meeting was dominated by tech firms' interests and session did not broach the topic of changes to data collection.  (The Guardian)

Brazil's Rousseff targets internet companies after NSA spying.  Angered by reports that the U.S. government spied on her and other Brazilians, President Dilma Rousseff is pushing new legislation that would seek to force Google, Facebook and other internet companies to store locally gathered data inside Brazil.  (Reuters)

CEO: NSA is costing us customers.  If the government doesn’t ease up on transparency restrictions, says CloudFlare CEO Matthew Prince, tech companies will look for a way to shut out all access.  (Washington Post)

Senator Asks Cellphone Carriers: What Exactly Do You Share With Government?  Senator Edward J. Markey sent a letter to carriers asking what kind of information law enforcement officials seek from them, including location data and the content of text messages.  (NYT)

Ruppersberger, Rogers blast media on NSA.  "There’s a reason Putin decided to put an op-ed in The New York Times. He knows America is on a feeding frenzy on itself and he would love to join in on the game," Rep. Mike Rogers said.  (Politico Pro)

Critics question FTC's authority to bring data security complaints.  The Federal Trade Commission should back away from its claim of broad authority to seek sanctions against companies for data breaches when it has no clearly defined data security standards, critics of the agency said Thursday.  (IDG News)

Cybersecurity

India earns 'authorizing nation' status for IT product testing.  Asian giant obtains status under "Common Criteria - Recognition Arrangement" scheme which will remove bottlenecks that currently prevent the submission of products for testing in India, says industry group Nasscom.  (ZDNet)

Insurance executives say cyber framework should drive down premiums, expand coverage.  The adoption of cybersecurity standards being developed by the Obama administration will help companies improve their risk profiles, which will drive down costs for coverage and promote the development of new policies and expanded coverage, insurance company officials said here today.  (Inside US Trade) 

Ridge: Cyber retaliation over Syria could test government-private sector info sharing.  Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge told lawmakers Wednesday that retaliation in cyber space was likely to follow any U.S. military action in Syria, adding that this is "precisely where the federal government" should aggressively share information with private-sector operators of critical infrastructure.  (Inside US Trade)

Global Trade

In TTIP Round Two, EU Aims To Expand On Sectoral Regulatory Agenda.  At the second round of U.S.-EU free trade talks next month, European Union trade officials will seek to find clearer answers to what they see as a fundamental question for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) initiative: which specific sectors should be subject to new regulatory cooperation commitments.  (Inside US Trade)

Camp Non-Committal On Target Date For Unveiling Fast-Track Bill, Potential House Action.  House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) declined to commit yesterday (Sept. 11) to a timeline for unveiling a bill renewing Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), also known as fast-track, or for potential floor action on such legislation.  (Global Trade)

New Dem Chairman Reaches Out To Froman To Build Support For Trade Agenda.  Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI), who chairs the New Democrat Coalition, this week indicated that he is working to build familiarity with the administration's active trade agenda among the members of the coalition, the majority of which are not on the House Ways and Means Committee.  (Inside US Trade)

Tax

Adobe creativity extends to tax structure.  Ireland base helps US group cut tax bill.  (FT)

GOP's ACA push may sideline tax reform.  The Republican push to dismantle Obamacare risks reducing another GOP priority — tax reform — to collateral damage.  That’s because the best chance to overhaul the code anytime soon is by hitching it to legislation raising the $16.7 trillion debt limit. But many Republicans have other ideas as they begin drawing up their list of demands for raising the borrowing cap.  (Politico Pro)

All Eyes Are on Goodlatte in Online Sales Tax Debate.  Proponents of expanding the collection of sales taxes from online retailers will be watching House Judiciary Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte, R-Va., closely in the coming weeks.  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said this week that Republican leaders will defer to Goodlatte, who has said the bill will move through his committee under regular order.  “Chairman Goodlatte is reviewing the legislation from the Senate,” Cantor told CQ Roll Call on Tuesday. “I think he is expected to issue some type of a white paper in the near future that will, I think, present an analysis of how we can go forward on an issue that obviously affects a lot of people.” (CQ Roll Call)

Internet tax ban introduced in House.  A bipartisan group of House lawmakers introduced legislation on Thursday to permanently ban state and local taxes on Internet service.  Their bill, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act, would also ban multiple and discriminatory taxes on digital items such as emails. It would not ban taxes on online sales.  (The Hill)

Workforce

Some House Republicans See Little Chance for Immigration Action This Fall.  Immigration legislation appears to have slipped off the congressional radar screen, even as Republican leaders continue to insist they intend to move the issue onto the House floor sometime in October or November.  (CQ Roll Call)

Mobility

Sub-Saharan African countries club together to speed up mobile rollouts, smooth spectrum use.  A new cross-border group will meet regularly to discuss spectrum allocation, digital inclusion and increasing the pace of high-speed mobile network deployments.  (ZDNet)

Regulation

Could the US defund the ITU?  It’s one of the first times a U.S. official has come out in support of the idea.  (Washington Post)

Internet's future needs policy, not panic.  “The challenge for Washington is understanding when they can and can’t be helpful in that process,” former Sen. John Sununu says.  (Politico Pro)

Environment & Sustainability

What's in store for energy management companies in 2014?  Energy management companies, especially those that make data collection software, can expect heavy interest from corporations in the coming year, according to a survey of global companies.  Only 6 percent of energy managers surveyed by analyst firm Verdantix plan to spend less on energy management next year, while half said their spend will remain the same and 45 percent will spend more.  (GreenBiz)

Tech Business

Ex-White House Aide to Be Economic Adviser.  President Obama has chosen Jeffrey D. Zients, who twice was the president’s acting budget director, to succeed Gene B. Sperling as chief White House economic adviser.  (NYT)

Obama To Name Summers As Next Fed Chief: Sources.  President Obama is set to name former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers as the next chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve Board.  (Nikkei)

Twitter Kicks Off Process for IPO.  An IPO would mark a business milestone for seven-year-old Twitter, which is used by more than 200 million people and created a global online communication culture, but has yet to prove itself as a big and lasting business.  (WSJ)

Twitter's surprise IPO filing: Why now?  Twitter announced Thursday that it has privately filed for an IPO that easily will be Silicon Valley's most anticipated since Facebook's.  (San Jose Mercury News)

Better IT Helps Companies Like Apple Grow Supply Chains.  Technology is helping electronics makers manage increasingly far flung networks of suppliers and manufacturers.  (WSJ)

ITI Member News

Long Battle for Dell Ends in Victory for Founder.  Dell shareholders voted to approve the computer company’s $24.9 billion sale to its founder, ending a months-long slog that included fierce opposition from some investors.  (NYT)

Dell to invest more on PCs, tablets after $25 billion buyout win.  Michael Dell clinched shareholders' approval on Thursday for his $25 billion offer to buy and take Dell Inc private, ending months of bitter conflict with the company's largest investors and removing the uncertainty shrouding the world's No. 3 PC maker.  (Reuters)

VW, Siemens, SAP Top Dow Jones Sustainability Indices.  Volkswagen, Siemens, Nestle, Air France, SAP, BG Group and Citigroup are among the most sustainable companies in their respective industry groups.  (Environmental Leader)

1600 Penn.

President Obama will hold a bilateral meeting with the Amir of Kuwait, His Highness Shaykh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al Sabah, at 1:15 p.m. ET at the White House.  They are expected to focus on security and economic issues.  Then, at 3:30 p.m., the president will meet with labor leaders.  

Today on the Hill

Senate:  The Senate is in recess, returning to session on Monday.

House:  The House is in recess; the chamber returns for a pro forma session on Monday.

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