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09/23/2016

Key Issues

Tech Politics

Trump-wary tech industry rallies around ally Issa. The tech industry has made no secret of its distaste for Donald Trump - but it's rallying around one of his most spirited supporters in Congress, embattled Rep. Darrell Issa.(ITI Andy Halataei Quoted, Politico Pro)

Tech Looks for Specifics. More than a dozen groups representing thousands of technology companies came together this spring to form an unprecedented united front. (ITI Andy Andy Halataei & Vince Jesaitis Quoted, CQ)

Donald Trump still doesn't understand how the internet works. Donald Trump this week came out in opposition to a plan that would see the US cede control over the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the organization that oversees the allocation of domain names and IP addresses. (The Verge)

Internet companies dominate tech lobbying. Internet firms have dominated tech lobbying this year, outpacing legacy tech companies like Microsoft and Oracle, according to an analysis of disclosure records by The Hill. (The Hill)

Encryption

'Crypto wars' enter new phase. Technology companies are rolling out stronger end-to-end encryption in their messaging apps and some say the battle over encryption has been won. But Jaya Baloo of KPN Telecom tells Hannah Kuchler we are entering a new phase of the ‘crypto wars’. (Financial Times)

Global Trade

POLITICO-Harvard poll: Americans say 'TPP who?'. There could be a sliver of hope for the languishing Trans-Pacific Partnership deal after all, despite the beating it's taking from Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in their race for the White House, a first-ever POLITICO-Harvard poll suggests. (Politico Pro)

Kevin Brady: Trade Deal Ball is in Obama's Court. The largest trade deal in the nation's history is not quite dead, says the Texan positioned to usher the most sweeping piece of economic legislation of the Obama era through the U.S. House. (Texas Tribune)

WTO rules Europe illegally subsidized airlines, handing victory to Obama administration ahead of trade fight. The World Trade Organization ruled on Thursday that the European Union and several of its members failed to end illegal subsidies for airline giant Airbus, a victory for the United States in what has become the most expensive dispute in international trade history. (Washington Post)

Biden sees 'less than even chance' of U.S. Congress approving TPP deal. Vice President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that he sees a "less than even chance" that the U.S. Congress approves the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact before the next administration takes office in January. (Reuters)

Kasim Reed, John Kasich prepare for a post-election trade fight. Back in the days of storming the castle, a small contingent of desperate men — a mixture of the zealous, the condemned and the ambitious — were often assigned the task of charging a heavily defended position in order to secure the foothold that could be exploited by those who followed. (Atlanta Journal)

The final, furious push for an 'epoch-making' trade deal that's getting battered on the US campaign trail. As major world leaders have congregated in New York for the UN General Assembly, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been promoting the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. (Reuters)

GOP senators succumb to Trump’s war on trade. Pat Toomey is your classic, pro-trade Republican. The former president of the free trade-promoting Club for Growth has backed a slew of trade deals during his 12 years in Congress, and last year he even praised President Barack Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership as an economic boon that would help Pennsylvania’s economy. (Politico)

Will Congress pass the TPP? Maybe. It is important to note that every trade pact in the U.S. has been passed only by a thin margin, says International Trade Centre's Arancha Gonzalez. (CNBC)

Who Hates Free Trade Treaties? Surprisingly, Not Voters. Few issues in this campaign cycle seem as toxic as trade: Both major-party presidential candidates oppose President Obama’s 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership, and congressional leaders, having refused all year to vote on the trade accord until after the election, say they will not do so even then — potentially killing the largest regional trade pact in history. (New York Times)

Broadband/Communications

Dems push television box proposal ahead of vote. Two Democratic lawmakers are trying to rally support for the Federal Communications Commission’s controversial set-top box market reforms ahead of a vote on the proposal next week. (The Hill)

Cuba plans to install wi-fi on Havana's iconic Malecon seafront. Plans to install wi-fi along 8km of Havana's iconic Malecon seafront have been announced by the Cuban government. (BBC News)

Internet Governance

Spending bill doesn't include Cruz internet fight. A push by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to block the Obama administration from handing over management of the internet is not part of a short-term spending bill backed by Senate GOP leadership. (The Hill)

Trump Backs Cruz’s Plan to Sabotage the US Internet Transition. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is taking aim at the US plan to transfer key internet governance functions to the international community, joining Sen. Ted Cruz in an attempt to sabotage the historic transition. (Motherboard)

Sen. Thune slams Dems for protecting Internet transition. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) hammered Democrats on Thursday for refusing to allow a provision in the government funding bill to stop the Obama administration from ceding oversight of internet domain names to an international body. (The Hill)

Cybersecurity

Carter: No decision yet on Cyber Command elevation. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the administration has made no formal decision yet about elevating U.S. Cyber Command to an independent combatant command. (Politico Pro)

Chinese researchers hack car from 12 miles away. The day before the Transportation Department released the first national guidelines to spur development of autonomous-vehicle technologies and ensure their safety, a group of researchers in China showed that it was possible to control an Internet-connected car from a distance. (FCW)

Artificial Intelligence

Facebook Messenger is using machine learning to prompt you to pay back your friends. Facebook is testing a new feature on its Messenger app starting today that’ll use machine learning to prompt you to pay back your friends. It relies on a new service called "chat assist" that recognizes certain words and the actions they reference when they come up in conversation. (The Verge)

Immigration

Immigrants Aren’t Taking Americans’ Jobs, New Study Finds. Do immigrants take jobs from Americans and lower their wages by working for less? (New York Times)

Internet of Things

Apple Looking to Bolster Car Project. Apple Inc., which is working to build an electric car, has held talks about investing in British automotive company McLaren Technology Group, according to a person familiar with the matter. (Washington Post)

Uber rival Grab partners with driverless car firm in Singapore. Users of ride-hailing firm Grab will be able to book driverless cars from Friday as it partners with a start-up testing the technology in Singapore, just days after rival Uber [UBER.UL] debuted its self-driving vehicles in the United States. (Reuters)

Uber testing self-driving cars in San Francisco. Residents here have been spotting a new type of Uber ride trolling the streets of this hilly city. (USA Today)

Should Carmakers Be Liable When A Self-Driving Car Crashes?. Earlier this year, a Tesla Model S car operating on autopilot crashed into a rear of a truck. The car’s artificial intelligence did not identify the truck in the bright sky. (Forbes)

Public Sector

CIOs’ optimism growing around IT modernization, FITARA. Federal chief information officers are cautiously optimistic about the Office of Management and Budget’s IT Modernization Fund proposal. (Federal News Radio)

NIST launches self-assessment tool for cybersecurity. The National Institute for Science and Technology has published a draft questionnaire that companies and other organizations can use to assess their cybersecurity "maturity" — a response, NIST says, to demand from the private sector. (FedScoop)

GSA's Acquisition Gateway hits 10,000 users. The General Services Administration surpassed 10,000 users Wednesday on its online Acquisition Gateway — achieving a goal officials had set for the year's end. (FedScoop)

IT Modernization bill passes house unanimously. Three bills and many discussions later, hybrid legislation to help agencies modernize legacy IT systems passed the House Thursday. (FedScoop)

Public Sector Needs a Mix of Tech, Policy Tools to Combat the Opioid Epidemic. The severity of the nation’s opioid epidemic is only increasing, and in response, state and local governments are hunting for both tech and policy tools to combat the problem. (GovTech)

Massachusetts Town Encounters Obstacles on Grid Modernization. At the first of four meetings on Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard to discuss plans to modernize the local electrical grid and gauge what customers want, Cape Light Compact officials on Tuesday made their concerns over Eversource’s ideas clear. (GovTech)

Joseph Cevetello Named as CIO of Santa Monica, Calif.. On Sept. 20, Santa Monica, Calif., City Manager Rick Cole announced that Joseph Cevetello will join his executive team as the city's new CIO. (GovTech)

Environment/Sustainability

TV energy efficiency ratings 'flawed'. Energy efficiency ratings on televisions are flawed and likely to mislead consumers, a US environment advocacy group has claimed. (BBC News)

Paris Climate Deal Passes Milestone as 20 More Nations Sign On. More than 20 world leaders tendered legal documents on Wednesday, formally binding their governments to the Paris climate accord at a General Assembly ceremony here and all but ensuring that the agreement will go into force by the end of the year. (New York Times)

How to Talk About the Paris Climate Agreement at the Bar. This week, the United Nations proudly announced that dozens of countries had ratified their dedication to the Paris Agreement. That’s great. But if you, like me, were a bit confused about what exactly this news means, fear not. I’m here to break it all down. (Motherboard)

Tech Business

Zuckerberg Family Fund to Invest $3 Billion in Research Technology. Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan on Wednesday committed to invest more than $3 billion during the next decade to build technology that can speed up research on disease. (Wall Street Journal)

Instagram says advertisers more than double in six months. Facebook Inc's Instagram said on Thursday its advertising base more than doubled to exceed 500,000 in the last six months. (Reuters)

Tesla sues Michigan officials over state bar on sales. Tesla Motors Inc Thursday sued Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and other state officials in federal court over the state's refusal to allow the Palo Alto, California automaker to sell vehicles directly to consumers. (Reuters)

Why are mattress companies acting like tech startups?. If you’ve glanced at the ads for Simba, Eve or Casper, you’d be forgiven for thinking they were flogging some kind of new gadget. They have the aesthetic of tech startups everywhere, tout the research and development that went into their sparkly new products, and offer eye-catching, venture capital-funded deals. (The Guardian)

Airbnb’s Funding Round Led by Google’s Investment Arm. Airbnb Inc. has brought on Alphabet Inc.’s growth-equity arm as an investor, part of an expected $850 million round that values the home-rental company at $30 billion, people close to the deal said. (Wall Street Journal)

Yelp fighting court order requiring it to remove negative review. California's top court is agreeing to hear a case in which a lower court has ordered Yelp to remove a bad review. The California Supreme Court did not say when it would hear the case that tests the Communications Decency Act, which San Francisco-based Yelp maintains protects it from having to remove content on its site posted by third parties. (Ars Technica)

Cash isn’t going away, but it will become digital. For more than 3,000 years, cash has played a critical role in the way our society functions — due as much to its fiscal value as its emotional and cultural connotations. It offers near-universality along with the heavily discounted value of anonymity. (Recode)

Workforce/Diversity

NSBE Partners With Google to Launch ‘Code Success. The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) has partnered with Google.org to launch the Code Success @ NSBE program, an initiative committed to increasing the number of black professionals in the field of computer science. (NSBE)

ITI Member News

Yahoo Says Hackers Stole Data on 500 Million Users in 2014. Yahoo announced Thursday that the account information of least 500 million users was stolen by hackers two years ago. (New York Times)

Yahoo Says Information on at Least 500 Million User Accounts Was Stolen. Yahoo Inc. on Thursday disclosed a massive security breach by a “state-sponsored actor” affecting at least 500 million users, the latest hurdle for the beaten-down internet company as it works through the sale of its core business. (Wall Street Journal)

Yahoo to provide details on massive data breach. Yahoo Inc (YHOO.O) this week will disclose a data breach that compromised the details of several hundred million users, technology news site Recode reported on Thursday, citing unnamed sources familiar with the company's plan. (Reuters)

Yahoo Reveals Massive Data Breach; Internet Fixates On Fantasy Football. Yahoo has revealed that it suffered a massive cyber breach in late 2014, which the company believes resulted in theft of information about the accounts of at least 500 million users. (NPR)

Apple Looks to Open First Store in Samsung’s Backyard. Apple Inc. has made inquiries about opening its first retail store in South Korea, in a signal that the technology company might be looking to step up competition in the backyard of smartphone rival Samsung Group. (Washington Post)

Apple Opens the iMessage Door, and the Ephemera Rushes In. Apple built an empire on hermetically sealed systems with sleek, minimalist designs. Nowhere was its strategy more evident than in iMessage, the company’s instant messaging system that offered a free, elegant chatting solution exclusive to Apple devices. (New York Times)

Apple offers mixed signals on auto strategy. Apple’s multibillion-dollar investment in its futuristic, doughnut-shaped new campus has been well documented; rather less is known, however, about the more mundane-looking offices and warehouses in a Silicon Valley suburb that is said to be home to the iPhone maker’s secretive automotive R&D labs. (Financial Times)

Samsung’s Fires Unlikely to Warm Apple. The iPhone’s prime competitor has stumbled at an inopportune time, but the dynamics of the smartphone business are such that Samsung’s loss is unlikely to be Apple’s gain. (Wall Street Journal)

US increases requests for account info from Twitter. The U.S. government increased its requests for information from Twitter in the first half of 2016, according to a report released by the social networking site Wednesday. (The Hill)

1600 Penn.

Today, in the morning, the President and Vice President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. In the afternoon, the President will meet with Secretary of Defense Carter. Later in the afternoon, the President and First Lady will attend a reception for the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture at the White House.