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08/25/2016

Key Issues

Encryption

Facebook, Google and Twitter Must Join ISIS Fight, U.K. Lawmakers Say. Facebook Inc., Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Twitter Inc. are deliberately shirking responsibility in the fight against Islamic State and other terrorist groups, an influential committee of British lawmakers said in a report to be published Thursday, reigniting a war of words over the role social media plays in radicalization. (Wall Street Journal)

Global Trade

Why Stop The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?. At the Democratic National Convention signs read No TPP, a concert is traveling the U.S. called Rock Against the TPP, and even Donald Trump wants to stop the TPP. Unlike Donald Trump, most of us are not protectionists looking out only for U.S. corporate interests and the rich 1 percent, but rather embrace global trade when it is through fair trade agreements and policies that protect farmers, workers, and consumers around the world as well as protects our planet. (Huffington Post)

Give support to TPP agreement. Despite the political rhetoric, the facts about trade still stand: The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will take time, cost and complexity out of trade, especially for small and medium-sized businesses, while stimulating much needed economic growth here in the North Country. (The Post-Star)

Broadband/Communications

New FCC proposal requires cybersecurity plans for use of 5G spectrum. The Federal Communications Commission today proposed a new service rule requiring companies planning to use the expanded “fifth generation” of the wireless communications system to submit cybersecurity plans, the latest move by the commission on regulating cybersecurity that affects the growing Internet of Things and connected machines. (Inside Cybersecurity)

Most Americans streamed the Olympics from PCs, not mobile devices. Here’s why.. With the 2016 Summer Olympics now a memory, it's time to look back at how Americans took in all that sports coverage. (Washington Post)

Cybersecurity

Why privilege can be risky. Even with more detailed information becoming available about network users' behavior, federal IT managers still have concerns about privileged users and the potential for malicious insider access, according to a new study. (FCW)

Survey: Companies can't cope with privileged access. Most companies continue to struggle with managing privileged-user access to their IT networks and few managers are satisfied with the degree of visibility and control they have over the privilege granting process, according to newly published survey data. (FedScoop)

University hit 21 times in one year by ransomware. Universities and NHS trusts in England have been hit hard by ransomware in the last year, according to Freedom of Information requests carried out by two cybersecurity firms. (BBC News)

U.S. banking regulators focused on cyber security after SWIFT attacks. U.S. banking regulators said on Wednesday they are focused on cyber security risks and controls for U.S. financial institutions after attacks earlier this year involving the global financial network known as SWIFT. (Reuters)

Cyber commission 'scoping' wide-ranging recommendations, planning for final report. Members and staff of the presidential cybersecurity commission are sifting through the multitude of recommendations culled from industry and consumer representatives, technologists and others, and are crafting a plan for pulling the input together into a report designed to inform the next administration's efforts to develop cyber policy. (Inside Cybersecurity)

Privacy

Persistent Surveillance Systems has been watching Baltimore for months. A company that sends Cessna aircraft to surveil cities from 25,000 feet up in an effort to fight crime has been watching Baltimore for months now with zero public notification, according to a new report from Bloomberg Businessweek. (Ars Technica)

European politician: 'Pokemon Go' breaks privacy laws. One member of the European Parliament says "Pokemon Go" isn’t just fun and games. (The Hill)

Tax

US in last-ditch effort to quash Brussels tax demand on Apple. The US has launched a stinging attack on the European Commission in a last-ditch bid to dissuade Brussels from hitting Apple with a demand for billions of euros in underpaid taxes. (Financial Times)

Treasury slams EU tax probes ahead of possible Apple verdict. The Treasury Department upped the ante in a growing U.S.-EU corporate tax battle Wednesday, slamming the European Commission’s tax investigations into multiple U.S.-based companies and taking the unusual step of releasing a 26-page white paper detailing its concerns. (Politico Pro)

U.S. Treasury Steps Up Pressure on EU Over Apple Tax Dispute. The U.S. is stepping up its effort to convince the European Commission to refrain from hitting Apple Inc. and other companies with demands for possibly billions of euros in underpaid taxes. (Bloomberg)

Trump’s Offshore Tax-Cut Pitch Falls Flat in Silicon Valley. Republican Donald Trump is proposing a big tax cut for companies like Apple Inc., which would see its tax rate slashed on about $200 billion of profit it keeps offshore. (Bloomberg)

IRS launches help center for gig economy businesses. If you're working for or starting the next Airbnb, Uber or TaskRabbit, the Internal Revenue Service has some help for you. (The Hill)

Panama Papers Prompt Race for Tax Haven Dollars Before Crackdown. For years, the biggest nations have tried to to outsmart tax dodgers and reclaim trillions of dollars stashed in off-shore accounts. Many of them are tired of waiting and now just want to make peace and bring some of the money back home. (Bloomberg)

Special Report: How Delaware kept America safe for corporate secrecy. In 2009, a global coalition was pressing governments to lift the veil on corporate secrecy. Its members – U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration, influential senators, international law enforcement agencies, anti-corruption activists and major American allies -- presented a formidable front in their campaign against money laundering and tax evasion. (Yahaoo News)

Denmark freezes funds overseas as investigates rogue tax payouts. Danish authorities have carried out raids in Britain and elsewhere as they seek to recoup fraudulent tax refunds paid to people outside the country. (Reuters)

Artificial Intelligence

Voice Recognition Software Finally Beats Humans At Typing, Study Finds. Computers have already beaten us at chess, Jeopardy and Go, the ancient board game from Asia. And now, in the raging war with machines, human beings have lost yet another battle — over typing. (NPR)

Public Sector

Tech Startups Struggle to Close Deals With IT Buyers. When Haier America’s Deanna Johnston needs to update or fill gaps in the company’s information-technology systems, she looks at products and services offered by startups. (Wall Street Journal)

ONC releases draft interoperability standards. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has released new draft standards for how electronic health record systems should share data. (FCW)

Declining spending begins to bounce back with rising budgets. After a six -year decline in spending, budgets have begun to bounce back in 2016, and contract spending is expected to follow that upturn shortly after as the trend continues into 2017. (Federal News Radio)

Environment/Sustainability

Climate Change Complicates Predictions Of Damage From Big Surf. Tropical Storm Colin ripped across the Gulf of Mexico in June and hit the coast of southwest Florida with 60-mile-an-hour winds. (NPR)

How business can drive energy access for all. In the past decade, renewable energy growth has broken records year after year, and 2015 was a remarkable one for developing countries. (GreenBiz)

Climate Hackers: One man’s plan to stop global warming by shooting particles into the atmosphere. This year is already on pace to be the warmest on record, setting off another season of heatwaves, droughts, and wildfires around the world. (The Verge)

Tech Education

Flash Card, Math and Organizer Apps for the 21st Century Student. When you’re not distracted playing Pokémon Go, your smartphone can be a great study buddy with apps that help you meet deadlines, do homework and take notes — especially now that it is back-to-school season. (New York Times)

Workforce/Diversity

I joined a bunch of LGBT techies at the White House to help tackle some world-threatening problems. On Tuesday, I was part of a gathering of LGBT tech leaders brought together by the White House to help address issues ranging from climate change to the lack of women in tech to inequalities in the criminal justice system. (Recode)

Tech Business

China Gears Up in Artificial-Intelligence Race. The acquisition this month by ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing Technology of Uber Technologies’ China operation was a reminder of how strong Chinese tech companies have become domestically at outmaneuvering foreign rivals. (Wall Street Journal)

U.S. appeals court sends BlackBerry lawsuit back to lower court. A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit accusing BlackBerry Ltd of fraudulently inflating its stock price by painting an upbeat picture of the prospects for its BlackBerry Z10 smartphone line that was misleading. (Reuters)

Robot drivers: another blow by Uber against working people. To the editor: I couldn’t help but wonder why Uber would be working like gangbusters to use something as asinine as driverless cars, but then the answer came in the fifth paragraph right from its head honcho: The company wants to lay off all of its drivers “as quickly as possible.” (LA Times)

Big banks push forward with blockchain technology. Early bitcoin enthusiasts hailed the cryptocurrency as a revolutionary way to sideline banks in a libertarian drive to upend the traditional order of capitalism. (Financial Times)

China tech centres give Silicon Valley run for money. The Chinese tech centres of Shenzhen and Hangzhou have given Silicon Valley a run for its money for the first time. (Financial Times)

Instagramming In Black And White? Could Be You're Depressed. Vincent Van Gogh's paintings might not make it obvious that he was an artist troubled with depression and mania. But a computer algorithm might be able to figure that out. Computer programs are getting pretty good at discovering health information by studying heaps of social media data. (NPR)

Consumer interest in auto tech is lower and slower than you think. The industry announcements around auto-related technologies such as autonomous driving, electric/hybrid vehicles, ride-sharing services and more have been coming so fast and furious lately that it seems to be a foregone conclusion that everyone wants all this stuff. (Recode)

ITI Member News

Inside Facebook’s (Totally Insane, Unintentionally Gigantic, Hyperpartisan) Political-Media Machine. Open your Facebook feed. What do you see? A photo of a close friend’s child. An automatically generated slide show commemorating six years of friendship between two acquaintances. (New York Times)

Why Twitter Can’t Shake Its Harassment Problem. Twitter Inc. has been working hard lately to shake its reputation as a haven for harassment. (Wall Street Journal)

Google Search Will Penalize Mobile Sites With Interstitial Ads. Starting next year, Google could begin sending less traffic to mobile websites if they make use of interstitials—the pop-ups that can take up users’ screens, often with advertising. (Wall Street Journal)

Project Loon is Latest Google Research Project to Get a New Business Leader. Project Loon, Google's high-profile effort to put broadband-emitting balloons into the stratosphere over remote parts of the world, is getting a new leader with practical industry experience. (Bloomberg)

Google punishes sites with pop-up adverts. Google is to penalise websites that feature intrusive pop-up adverts. (BBC News)

Apple accused of iPhone 6 'touch disease' defect. Apple has been accused of failing to address a "design flaw" said to be causing many iPhone 6 and 6S handsets' screens to flicker and become unresponsive to touch. (BBC News)

Study Offers Insights that Could Help Quell Recruitment of ISIS Supporters on Twitter. New insights are now available into the Twitter networks of the Islamic State and those who oppose them, thanks to a study by the RAND Corp. (GovTech)

Apple’s Tim Cook era in five charts. Five years ago today, Steve Jobs resigned as the CEO of Apple, passing the torch to his longtime deputy Tim Cook. (Jobs died less than three months later.) (Recode)

HP Inc's quarterly revenue falls 3.8 percent. HP Inc's (HPQ.N) quarterly revenue fell 3.8 percent, the third straight quarter of decline since the company was split off from the former Hewlett-Packard Co, as demand slid further for its printers. (Reuters)

Yandex Expands With Toyota in Russian Market for Connected Cars. Yandex NV, Russia’s largest search engine, is expanding its services in the market for connected cars, an emerging battlefield for global technology firms, including Apple Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google. (Bloomberg)

1600 Penn.

Today, in the morning, the President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. In the afternoon, the President will meet with Secretary of Defense Carter.

Today on the Hill

Today, the House is not in session.

Today, the Senate is not in session.