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09/26/2016

Key Issues

Internet of Things

How driverless cars could change our whole future. I’m looking at two photographs of the main street of the small town in which I was born. Both are taken from the same vantage point – looking up the hill to the T-junction at the top. The two photographs are separated by nearly a century: the first was taken in the 1930s, the second sometime in the last few years. (The Guardian)

US Guidelines on Self-Driving Cars Get Good Reception at G-7. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Sunday that his counterparts in the Group of Seven nations welcomed U.S. guidelines on regulating self-driving cars and have agreed to work together on creating such standards to maintain safety. (ABC)

Self-Driving Hype Doesn’t Reflect Reality. To judge by recent claims, “fully autonomous” self-driving technology is just around the corner. Uber Technologies Inc. is offering Pittsburgh residents rides in autonomous Ford Fusions. Ford Motor Co., BMW AG, Volvo Car Corp. and Lyft Inc. say they will produce fully autonomous vehicles by 2021 or sooner. (Wall Street Journal)

HERE, automakers team up to share data on traffic conditions. German digital map maker HERE will introduce a new set of traffic services this week that allows drivers to see for themselves what live road conditions are like miles ahead using data from competing automakers, an industry first. (Reuters)

Luxury Carmakers' HERE Map Service Taps Sensors for Traffic Data. The digital mapmaker acquired by BMW AG, Audi AG and Daimler AG is rolling out a real-time traffic service that warns of road hazards and helps find parking spaces by utilizing the sensors and cameras mounted on board the luxury models of its owners. (Bloomberg)

Five takeaways from the new driverless car guidelines. The White House unveiled highly anticipated guidelines this week that establish the first-ever national framework for the operation and deployment of self-driving vehicles. (The Hill)

Industry steps up on IoT cybersecurity — is it enough?. A consortium of some of the largest multinational corporations in the world has published a guide to help its members and other companies ensure cybersecurity is top of mind as more and more industrial systems are connected to the internet. (FedScoop)

Uber, GM, DuPont: Carless cities, self-driving semis and alt-fuels. In the Scandanavian nation of Finland, an experiment on the future of transportation is underway. Think of it as Netflix for transportation options and you start to get the picture. (GreenBiz)

Will driverless-car makers learn to share?. Last Monday, the Obama Administration released a hundred-and-twelve-page policy tome, “Federal Automated Vehicles Policy,” which, despite its sleep-inducing title, found an eager readership. (The New Yorker)

Tech Politics

How Donald Trump’s Internet policy could benefit Russia. Reporting by journalists at The Washington Post and elsewhere has uncovered extensive ties between Donald Trump and Russia. (Washington Post)

Congressional Candidate Ro Khanna Supports Some Of Silicon Valley's Most Ambitious Policy Ideas. Over the last decade, many of the tech industry’s elite have been mulling a novel set of policies to blunt the inequality inevitably brought on by automation and high skilled industries. (Forbes)

Global Trade

Europe nears trade deal with Canada. EU ministers have forged the political momentum required to seal their long-delayed trade deal with Canada but acknowledged that a more contentious pact with the U.S. will not be finalized this year. (Politico Pro)

Broadband/Communications

AT&T sues Nashville in bid to stall Google Fiber. AT&T has sued Nashville to stop a new ordinance designed to accelerate the deployment of Google Fiber. (Ars Technica)

Delaware CIO: Broadband Is the Great Enabler. What's the most disruptive technology to chief information officers? It depends on who you ask. Delaware CIO James Collins points to broadband as the great enabler of all disruptive technologies, which is why creating a robust network is vitally important. (GovTech)

FCC Republicans push agency intervention to clear local path for 5G. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler may have some unexpected allies if he takes new action to remove local obstacles to broadband — the agency's two Republican commissioners. (Politico Pro)

Cybersecurity

U.S. Transportation Command outlines cyber strategy. The U.S. Transportation Command has released a new strategic document that includes advancing cyber domain capabilities as one of its four command priorities. (FCW)

What's the Likely Future of Cybersecurity in the States?. In the same week when Yahoo announced one of the biggest data breaches of all time — that actually occurred two years ago but was just discovered this summer. (GovTech)

Fingerprints set to point way to email and online security. The need to remember huge numbers of online passwords will be replaced by using fingerprints to unlock not just smartphones but also websites and services, according to a new report. (Financial Times)

Russian Hackers Doxxed Me. What Should I Do About It?. It's a strange experience seeing your own passport posted on a pro-Kremlin website. (NPR)

Lawmakers losing patience with Obama’s silence on Russian hacking. The window is rapidly closing for the White House to publicly hit back at Russia over a suspected Kremlin-backed cyber campaign to meddle in the U.S. election process, according to a vocal cadre of lawmakers who are hammering the Obama administration over its silence on the matter. (Politico Pro)

Public Sector

Census awards $430M contract to support 2020 count. General Dynamics Information Technology has won a $430 million, single-award contract to provide contact-center systems and operations support for the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2020 Census Questionnaire Assistance program. (FCW)

5 myths of managed services. Heightened cybersecurity risks and growing complexities in technology have led to increased use of managed services providers (MSPs). (FCW)

A 'minibus' appropriations package could be in the cards. In 2015, Congress waited until mid-December to pass a $1.14 trillion omnibus spending bill, which combined 12 appropriation bills into a single package. This year, under new House leadership, experts say we can expect a blend of new appropriations and continuing resolutions -- otherwise known as minibus bills. (FCW)

Senate moves on CR as agencies plan for possible shutdown. With only one week left until the deadline to pass a fiscal 2017 budget, agencies are hoping to avoid a shutdown, but planning for one just in case. (Federal News Radio)

Lawmakers press OPM to extend LTC open season to no avail. Three lawmakers are encouraging the Office of Personnel Management to extend the deadline for federal employees and retirees to sign up for long-term health care insurance beyond Sept. 30. (Federal News Radio)

Two takes on the White House’s open government, open data progress. The White House released a progress report Tuesday on its third Open Government National Action Plan — a snapshot of ongoing and completed work on many initiatives improving digital services or open data. (FedScoop)

CIO group recognizes state CISOs, Ohio CIO. The National Association of State Chief Information Officers honored state cybersecurity leaders and Ohio's chief information officer with special recognition awards at their annual conference that concluded here this week. (FedScoop)

Privacy

AT&T presses FCC to ease proposed data-breach rule. AT&T officials met with staff for Federal Communications Commission Chairman Thomas Wheeler earlier this week to press their case that the FCC pull back on a data-breach reporting deadline included in proposed privacy regulations for broadband internet providers. (Inside Cybersecurity)

Hackers Trawl User Data in Hopes a Small Target Will Lead to a Big One. In disclosing that at least 500 million of its user accounts had been hacked, Yahoo blamed an unnamed “state-sponsored actor” for the intrusion. While Yahoo customers were caught by surprise, officials in Washington were not. (New York Times)

Intellectual Property

Judge skewers Oracle attorney for revealing Google, Apple trade secrets. The judge presiding over the case on Friday neither held Oracle's attorney in contempt nor issued any sanctions. (Ars Technica)

Environment/Sustainability

Obama climate rule faces critical test in court. The pillar of President Obama’s climate change agenda is going to court Tuesday, when federal judges hear oral arguments on whether the landmark regulation should be overturned. (The Hill)

What sets apart the leaders of resilient businesses?. The question is no longer if business is part of the climate change solution, but how. Even before the U.S. and China officially signed on to the Paris agreements last September, companies across a wide swath of sectors made commitments to cut emissions, move to renewable energy and otherwise work to stem climate change. (GreenBiz)

Why Obama Is Right on Clean Energy. Last year, President Obama took aim at the nation’s largest source of carbon dioxide pollution, announcing a plan that would reduce these climate-changing emissions from the country’s power plants by one-third by 2030, from 2005 levels. (New York Times)

Tech Business

Phone Makers Could Cut Off Drivers. So Why Don’t They?. The court filings paint a grisly picture: As Ashley Kubiak sped down a Texas highway in her Dodge Ram truck, she checked her iPhone for messages. Distracted, she crashed into a sport utility vehicle, killing its driver and a passenger and leaving a child paralyzed. (New York Times)

As Our Jobs Are Automated, Some Say We'll Need A Guaranteed Basic Income. Much of the anger and anxiety in the 2016 election is fueled by the sense that economic opportunity is slipping away for many Americans. (NPR)

What if ‘One Click’ Buying Were Internetwide?. Paying for things online can be cumbersome. Even the man who invented the web, Tim Berners-Lee, says he frequently throws up his hands. (New York Times)

Snapchat launches sunglasses with camera. Messaging app firm Snapchat has announced its first gadget - sunglasses with a built-in camera. (BBC News)

China Hunts for Scientific Glory, and Aliens, With New Telescope. When hundreds of engineers and builders began clambering up a jagged hill in southwest China to assemble a giant telescope in a deep, bowl-shaped basin, poor villagers sometimes crept over the sheer slopes to glimpse the country’s latest technological wonder. (New York Times)

Uber is researching a new vertical-takeoff ride offering that flies you around. In an onstage interview with me today at the Nantucket Conference, Uber products head Jeff Holden said that the fast-growing ride sharing company was seriously looking at a new form of transportation to offer its customers: Short-haul flying in cities. (Recode)

Uber's 'ghost drivers' scaring passengers out of rides and money. China has a so-called “ghost driver” problem, with Uber passengers being scammed out of rides and money, fearful of being picked up by what looks like a zombie. (The Guardian)

Why aren’t people freaking out about glasses that watch everything you do, all the time?. What if you had the ability to record everything you see, so you can see it again later, whenever you want? (Recode)

NYC bombing spurs push to overhaul emergency alerts. New York City is pushing federal regulators for an overhaul to the smartphone emergency alert system following the recent bombings in Manhattan and New Jersey. (The Hill)

Doubts About Digital Ads Rise Over New Revelations. Marketers who have been pouring huge sums into digital advertising are wrestling with several recent events that add to a troubling picture: some are finding they can’t be sure how well that money was spent or what they’ve received in return for it. (Wall Street Journal)

Third of U.K. Adults Check Phone at Night, Deloitte Study Shows. A third of U.K. adults check their mobile devices in the middle of the night, according to a study from Deloitte that also suggested the pace of consumer adoption of smartphones will fall in the next 12 months. (Bloomberg)

Our job now is to consider a future without work. Ryan Avent is right to warn that we may be heading towards a world without work. (The Guardian)

ITI Member News

Apple Goes Without a Lobby Into European Fray. Apple Inc. is battling the European Commission’s call to fork over €13 billion ($14.5 billion) in back taxes without the army of lobbyists and public relations campaigners typical in such fights. (Wall Street Journal)

LinkedIn wants to be fun. LinkedIn is one of the more popular sites on the Web — the go-to place for job searches and professional connections. (Washington Post)

Facebook 'overestimated' video viewing time. Facebook has overestimated how much video people have watched for the last two years, the firm has admitted. (BBC News)

Facebook Apologizes for Overstating Video Metrics. Facebook apologized on Friday for an error in the way it measured video viewership, a miscalculation that greatly overstated how much time, on average, its users were spending watching videos. (New York Times)

Google Deepmind: Should patients trust the company with their data?. Google's artificial intelligence unit DeepMind is getting serious about healthcare - with ambitious plans to digitise the NHS - but first it needs to convince patients to hand over their medical records. (BBC News)

Plane crew douse smoking Samsung phone. Cabin crew on an Indian passenger aircraft have used a fire extinguisher to tackle a smoking Samsung handset. (BBC News)

Yahoo already hit with lawsuits over hack. The problems keep mounting for Yahoo. The internet giant is getting hit with lawsuits, a day after it disclosed a massive hack in which at least 500 million user accounts were swiped. (CNET)

Yahoo identified hack risk, but its risk-management approach is unclear. Yahoo identified the nightmare scenario of a massive breach of customer data in its 2015 annual report as one of the biggest risks facing the company, which looks prescient in the aftermath of this week's revelation that 500 million Yahoo accounts were compromised by a possible state-sponsored hack. (Inside Cybersecurity)

How will Twitter’s suitors reap its value?. Twitter may finally be running out of time. (Financial Times)

Samsung Electronics delays South Korea re-start of Note 7 sales by three days. Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Sunday it was delaying the start of new Galaxy Note 7 smartphone sales in South Korea by three days to Oct. 1, a move it says is needed for speedy completion of the ongoing recall in the country. (Reuters)

1600 Penn.

Today, in the morning, the President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. Later in the morning, the President will participate in a conference call with rabbis for Rosh Hashanah. In the afternoon, the President will host the 2016 White House Tribal Nations Conference in Washington, DC. This will be the President’s eighth and final Tribal Nations Conference, providing tribal leaders from the 567 federally recognized tribes with the opportunity to interact directly with high-level federal government officials and members of the White House Council on Native American Affairs.

Today on the Hill

Today, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.