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08/26/2016

Key Issues

Encryption

U.S. Chamber lists non-regulatory approaches, adopting encryption policy among priorities. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is planning to continue aggressive promotion of non-regulatory approaches to cybersecurity – citing recent actions by independent regulatory agencies as troubling – and develop an encryption policy as part of the business group's top cyber policy priorities for the waning months of the Obama administration and beyond. (Inside Cybersecurity)

House encryption group off to slow start. Hoping to avoid another showdown between Washington and Silicon Valley, a collection of House lawmakers teamed up in March to study the hotly debated topic of encryption. (Politico Pro)

Social media giants 'failing' on extremism - MPs. Social media companies are "consciously failing" to combat groups using their services to promote extremism, say MPs. (BBC News)

Global Trade

Commerce secretary optimistic on lame-duck push for Pacific trade deal. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, 57, a Chicago entrepreneur and longtime friend and ally of Barack Obama, sat down Wednesday in the diplomatic reception room at the Commerce Department, beneath portraits of President Obama and former president Herbert Hoover (a former Commerce secretary), to talk with USA TODAY Washington Bureau chief Susan Page about trade and the beleaguered Trans Pacific Partnership. (USA Today)

Is the U.S. Missing the TPP Train?. Steven Ciobo, Australia’s minister for trade, tourism and investment, isn’t sitting around waiting to see whether the U.S. will approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership. (Bloomberg)

Progressive groups urge Clinton to lead fight against a TPP vote. A coalition of progressive groups on Thursday sent a letter to Hillary Clinton urging her step up her opposition to holding a vote on a sweeping Asia-Pacific trade agreement this year. (The Hill)

Awkward Trade Fight Coming For Hillary Clinton. One of Barack Obama's final acts in office could be to rain on Hillary Clinton's political honeymoon, if she wins the election in November. (NBC News)

Is free trade really good trade?. Is free trade good trade? Yes and no, although on the campaign trail the no has first place. (Maryland Gazette)

The best trade agreement would include both the U.S. and China. The leading alternative to reducing trade barriers in Asia is the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. The RCEP negotiations exclude the United States, just as the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations exclude China. (Washington Post)

Dent should repudiate TPP. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (NAFTA on steroids) has become so toxic that even Pat Toomey has declared that he opposes it. I guess this is because his Senate opponent, who has opposed TPP all along, is now ahead in the polls. (The Morning Call)

Broadband/Communications

FCC proposes 5G cybersecurity requirements, asks for industry advice. As U.S. technology companies begin to eye lucrative business opportunities presented by the advent of next generation wireless internet infrastructure — otherwise known as 5G — the Federal Communications Commission is reminding them that cybersecurity must play a part in any and all ventures. (FedScoop)

After Legal Defeat, US Mayors Vow to Continue Municipal Broadband Fight. Two weeks after a federal court dealt a major blow to municipal broadband advocates, dozens of US mayors and city leaders vowed on Wednesday to continue the fight for local control of next-generation communications networks. (Motherboard)

Feds make broadband push in coal country. The Obama administration on Wednesday selected 10 cities for a program to expand broadband internet offerings in rural areas and coal country. (The Hill)

Google Fiber is pulling back on its broadband rollout as pressure grows to cut costs. For the past year, Ruth Porat, the CFO of Google and its parent Alphabet, has told Wall Street that Google Fiber is her most expensive unit outside of the core business — and is well worth the costs. (Recode)

Cybersecurity

China Sets New Tone in Drafting Cybersecurity Rules. China is taking a more inclusive tack in instituting cybersecurity standards for foreign technology companies, allowing them to join a key government committee in an effort to ease foreign concerns over the controls. (Wall Street Journal)

Automakers expected to move on cybersecurity controls that exceed regulator expectations. It is unlikely automotive industry regulators will mandate cybersecurity controls more rigorous than those currently being developed and deployed by the private sector, according to an industry source, despite moves by regulators to potentially halt deployment of some technologies until cybersecurity plans are in place. (Inside Cybersecurity)

Privacy

Relaxing Privacy Vow, WhatsApp to Share Some Data With Facebook. When Facebook bought the start-up WhatsApp in 2014, Jan Koum, WhatsApp’s co-founder, declared that the deal would not affect the digital privacy of his mobile messaging service’s millions of users. (New York Times)

WhatsApp relaxes privacy stance, to share phone numbers with Facebook. Popular messaging service WhatsApp said it would start sharing users' phone numbers with parent Facebook Inc (FB.O), marking a notable shift in its stance on privacy. (Reuters)

This malware sold to governments could help them spy on iPhones, researchers say. Many people assume their iPhones are secure, but new research sent Apple scrambling to fix vulnerabilities that left users at risk. (Washington Post)

Telecom firms press FCC for 'reasonable' flexibility in scope, data protected by privacy rules. Large and small internet service providers have met with Federal Communications Commission staff to urge flexibility for the type of personal data and the size of companies governed by its upcoming privacy rules. (Inside Cybersecurity)

Government Hackers Caught Using Unprecedented iPhone Spy Tool. On the morning of August 10, Ahmed Mansoor, a 46-year-old human rights activist from the United Arab Emirates, received a strange text message from a number he did not recognize on his iPhone. (Motherboard)

Tax

Key House Republican to Unveil Sales Tax Plan for Purchases Across State Lines. A top House Republican will release a new proposal in coming days that attempts to resolve the long-running dispute among retailers, state governments and online retailers over how to tax purchases made across state lines. (Wall Street Journal)

Colombia Peace Deal Seen Clearing Way for Bill to Increase Taxes. Colombia’s long-awaited peace deal is set to end five decades of fighting with the the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. It may also clear the way for what analysts say is a badly-needed tax increase. (Bloomberg)

Internet of Things

First driverless taxi hits the streets of Singapore. The first driverless taxi began work on Thursday in a limited public trial on the streets of Singapore. (Reuters)

For many smart cities, a shift to students. Cities today are being pulled in two different and contradictory directions: They’re being told to work smarter but to not spend any more taxpayer dollars doing it, a modern variation of the age-old paradox of “doing more with less.” (StateScoop)

Public Sector

US chief information officer ups push to modernize government tech. The United States chief information officer on Thursday boosted his push for Congress to approve $3 billion in loans to modernize government technology. (The Hill)

GWACs ride the tide of popularity. Business in governmentwide acquisition contracts is booming, with agency buyers turning to the large-scale vehicles for price breaks and convenience. (FCW)

Marine cyber chief: Do not fear RMF. The government's Risk Management Framework is no different from the old certification and accreditation process, said Ray Letteer, chief of the Marine Corps' Cybersecurity Division. (FCW)

Agencies making push for identity authentication changes. The impetus to change the way government employees’ identity is authenticated when logging onto computers and entering buildings is gaining more steam. (Federal News Radio)

Transparency advocacy groups ask Congress to nix proposed FOIA exemptions for DoD. In today’s Top Federal Headlines, some government transparency advocacy groups want to limit DoD exemptions from FOIA requirements. (Federal News Radio)

Presidential transition an opportunity to reset knowledge management. The presidential transition is a time of significant change, but it’s also an opportunity to strengthen the continuity of knowledge management. (Federal News Radio)

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)

Due to Positive Feedback, Chicago’s Metra to Expand Free Wi-Fi. Metra plans to expand the number of rail cars with free cellular Wi-Fi hot spots by 50 cars to a total of 62, officials said Wednesday. (GovTech)

Environment/Sustainability

GSA plans greenhouse gas disclosures, reduction targets for IT providers. The General Services Administration plans to make medium- and large-sized contractors on their huge new Alliant 2 government-wide IT contract vehicle disclose their annual greenhouse gas emissions and set targets for reducing them, according to procurement documents posted Wednesday. (FedScoop)

Tech Business

Cycling Matches the Pace and Pitches of Tech. Thinking he needed to take up a “California sport,” Greg Gretsch started cycling in 1988, when he moved to the Bay Area to work in marketing at Apple after graduating from the University of Georgia. He bought a 10-speed road bike and joined a group of other Apple employees for a standing noon ride. (New York Times)

How Uber Lost More Than $1 Billion in the First Half of 2016. Uber has upended the transportation industry in the span of a few years. But the ride-hailing company has been losing a lot of money while doing so. (New York Times)

Equity in Startups Is Losing Appeal. Two years ago, when startups were flush with money, a wave of hardware and software design companies were eager to work with them and get paid in a mix of cash and equity—stakes that they hoped would one day pay off handsomely. But as startups increasingly struggle, those designers are getting more selective. (Wall Street Journal)

In Sweden and Finland, tech companies help refugees find work. Safinaz Awad went through hell to get to Sweden. Last year, she -- along with her mother, sister, husband and infant son -- escaped Syria and the civil war there that's so far killed nearly half a million men, women and children. (CNET)

More than 20 global fintech hubs to form federation in innovation push. Financial technology groups from more than 20 cities across the world plan to form a federation of 'fintech' hubs this year in what would be the first attempt to coordinate and globalize web-based innovation transforming the financial industry. (Reuters)

‘Pokémon Go’-Related Car Crash Kills Woman in Japan. One woman died and another was injured in what Japanese police are calling the first fatal accident in the country involving the smartphone game “Pokémon Go.” (Wall Street Journal)

What it will take to make Silicon Valley affordable again. Silicon Valley has a major housing crisis. The median price of a home in Palo Alto, home to Stanford University, has reached $2.5 million — twice as much as five years ago. Housing in the region has grown so expensive that it’s hard for young families to get their start there. (Vox)

POTUS social media to reset with new administration. On Jan. 20, 2017, a new president will be sworn into office. (FCW)

Powa technology used to launch retail tech venture. A fresh attempt to transform retail payments markets in the UK will be launched this year by a group using technology acquired from Powa Technologies, one of the country’s highest profile start-up failures. (Financial Times)

How Parents Harnessed the Power of Social Media to Challenge EpiPen Prices. After Mellini Kantayya, an actress who lives in Brooklyn, chatted with her Facebook friends in July about the high cost of EpiPens, she knew she had to do something. (New York Times)

ITI Member News

Facebook open sources AI image recognition software. Facebook is opening up its image-recognition artificial intelligence research to the public. (USA Today)

Apple Software Vulnerability Is Linked to Intrusions. One of the world’s most evasive digital arms dealers is believed to have been taking advantage of three security vulnerabilities in popular Apple products in its efforts to spy on dissidents and journalists. (New York Times)

Amazon launches Amazon Vehicles to help car buyers. Amazon.com (AMZN.O) on Thursday launched Amazon Vehicles, an online platform for users to research on cars, auto parts and accessories. (Reuters)

Apple tackles iPhone one-tap spyware flaws. Flaws in Apple's iOS operating system have been discovered that made it possible to install spyware on a target's device merely by getting them to click on a link. (BBC News)

Actively exploited iOS flaws that hijack iPhones likely spread for years. Apple has patched three high-severity iOS vulnerabilities that are being actively exploited to infect iPhones so attackers can steal confidential messages from a large number of apps, including Gmail, Facebook, and WhatsApp, security researchers said Thursday. (Ars Technica)

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