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08/24/2016

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Tech Politics

Clinton quietly amasses tech policy corps. Hillary Clinton's campaign has tapped a network of more than 100 tech and telecom advisers to craft a policy agenda that echoes many of Silicon Valley's top priorities, from knocking down laws that limit innovation to defanging so-called patent trolls, sources familiar with the effort told POLITICO. (Politico Pro)

Senate Intel spats spill onto the campaign trail. A fight over government surveillance has spilled onto the campaign trail, where Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden have each steered thousands of dollars to their respective opponents. (Politico Pro)

Can political apps send more young people to the polls?. Young people between the ages of 18 and 35 make up about 31% of the eligible voting population in the US, and they will soon be the largest group in the electorate. (BBC News)

Meet the candidate campaigning for Congress via Uber. If you ever request an Uber or Lyft in Denver and the app tells you Casper is on his way to pick you up in his Hyundai Sonata, know you're about to enter a safe space for talking politics. (CNET)

Encryption

France, Germany Push for Access to Private Internet Messages in Terror Probes. France and Germany Tuesday urged the European Union’s executive body to propose new rules that would compel operators of internet messaging services to help authorities decrypt private communications as part of terror investigations. (Wall Street Journal)

U.S. Tech Trade Group ‘Worried’ by EU’s Encryption Proposal. A European Union proposal that could let EU governments require messaging services to decrypt communications for criminal investigations is raising concerns among some in the U.S. tech community. (Morning Consult)

France, Germany push for encryption limits. The French and German interior ministers announced Tuesday that they will push for a Europe-wide law requiring tech companies to provide law enforcement agencies with access to encrypted messages when necessary. (The Hill)

Global Trade

Why the TPP Deal Won’t Improve Our Security. Washington — With both presidential candidates running on their opposition to President Obama’s proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement, the White House is gearing up for one last, desperate push to get the deal through Congress. (New York Times)

Former USTR official shows how trade negotiators are out of touch. Former Deputy US Trade Representative Wendy Cutler recently published a Forbes commentary criticizing the national backlash against trade agreements and supporting the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade and global governance deal. (The Hill)

How the TPP Could Stifle the Discovery of New Drugs. There’s not much presidential nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton agree on, but they both take a similar stance when it come to the Trans-Pacific Partnership: they say it stinks. (Motherboard)

U.S. Trade Rep approves import ban on Arista devices, says rival Cisco. The U.S. Trade Representative has upheld an import ban on Arista Networks Inc's (ANET.N) ethernet switches following a federal commission's finding in June that the company's products infringed patents owned by rival Cisco Systems Inc (CSCO.O), Cisco said. (Reuters)

Broadband/Communications

Wireless companies urge FCC to accept 'discounts' for use of personal data. Industry officials representing wireless communications met with staff for the Federal Communications Commission to argue that final privacy regulations should allow consumers to grant permission for the commercial use of their personal information in exchange for “discounts” in internet and other services. (Inside Cybersecurity)

Internet Governance

Is the U.S. handing over control of the internet?. Some recent headlines might lead one to believe that the internet is about to undergo some giant change. People talk about the U.S. "giving away" the internet, and even the 2016 Republican Party platform objects to "surrendering U.S. control of the root zone of web names and addresses." (FCW)

Cybersecurity

Presidential cyber panel weighs benefits, shortcomings of security labeling. The concept of product security labeling akin to simple "nutritional" labels on food products grabbed the attention of the presidential cybersecurity commission meeting here today and led to a wide-ranging discussion of potential pros and cons. (Inside Cybersecurity)

Industry plans to stress regulatory concerns, NIST framework misuse to cyber commission. Representatives from various industry sectors are raising concerns about regulatory actions that they say undermine the years-long work on a voluntary framework of cybersecurity standards, as well as efforts to measure the effectiveness of the framework in ways that business sources say ignore varying business needs and operations. (Inside Cybersecurity)

Report: U.S. retailers aren't investing in cybersecurity even as breaches persist. As high-profile hacks like Target, Home Depot and Eddie Bauer show, U.S.-based retail stores are especially susceptible to damages caused by hackers. A new survey out Tuesday shows how much that damage usually amounts to. (FedScoop)

Don't allow Russia's hacking to go unpunished, experts warn U.S.. Pressure is building on the Obama administration to publicly identify the Russian hackers officials believe are behind cyber espionage on both the Democratic and Republican national party organizations. (FedScoop)

Russians suspected in hack of New York Times, other U.S. media. The FBI and other U.S. security agencies are investigating cyber breaches targeting reporters at the New York Times and other U.S. news organizations that are thought to have been carried out by hackers working for Russian intelligence, CNN reported on Tuesday, citing unnamed U.S. officials. (Reuters)

Privacy

Will Changes to California's Driverless Vehicle Bill Ease Driver-Data Protections?. The nonprofit Consumer Watchdog agency is questioning the removal of key privacy protections in a bill that would allow testing of a driverless shuttle in Contra Costa County. (GovTech)

NSA-linked Cisco exploit poses bigger threat than previously thought. Recently released code that exploits Cisco System firewalls and has been linked to the National Security Agency can work against a much larger number of models than many security experts previously thought. (Ars Technica)

Is Wikileaks putting people at risk?. Whistle-blowing site Wikileaks has been criticised for not doing enough to screen sensitive information found in documents released via the site. (BBC News)

Intellectual Property

U.S. trade judge clears Fitbit of stealing Jawbone's trade secrets. Fitbit Inc did not steal rival Jawbone's trade secrets, a U.S. International Trade Commission judge ruled on Tuesday, dashing Jawbone's hopes of securing an import ban against Fitbit's wearable fitness tracking devices. (Reuters)

Tax

As Clinton and Trump Call for Tax Reform, Silicon Valley Must Prove VCs Are Special. Venture capitalists are now the ones making a pitch. As both major presidential candidates promote U.S. tax policies aimed at ending special tax treatment for investment managers' income, Silicon Valley is girding itself for potential reforms. (Bloomberg)

Internet of Things

What am I missing about self-driving cars?. It seems as though every automotive company — plus Uber and Lyft — is touting the imminent arrival of self-driving cars. In an interview with Bloomberg, CEO Travis Kalanick announced Uber would be adding self-driving cars this month, working to modify some Volvo vehicles. Ford’s CEO Mark Fields claims that his company will be offering self-driving cars soon, and Lyft and GM are rolling out a plan as well. (Recode)

Ohio Turnpike to Serve as Driverless Vehicle Testing Ground. Head east from Toledo on the Ohio Turnpike a year from now, and you may be sharing the road with automated cars and trucks. (GovTech)

Public Sector

GSA working for meaningful shared-services impact. Shared services are pitched as a solution in an era of declining budgets, but development and adoption in the federal space are taking time. (FCW)

Michigan prepares to analyze data collected through IoT devices. As Michigan pulls in an ever-expanding stream of data through connected devices, Deputy Chief Security Officer Paul Groll is hoping to make that information useful with a focus on analytics. (StateScoop)

Several agencies working on plans to collectively buy 55,0000 laptops, desktops by year’s end. About 33 agencies have participated in workshops so far that are leading up to a General Services Administration-led buying venture for about 55,000 laptops and desktop computers, an official said Monday. (FedScoop)

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom Talks Transparency, Civic Tech, State IT Reforms. Cutting wasteful tech spending, hammering down walls to transparency and connecting citizens to critical services were the three pillars of Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s message to attendees of Accela Engage, a gov tech conference held by cloud company Accela, on Aug. 22. (GovTech)

Environment/Sustainability

As Energy Use Rises, Corporations Turn to Their Own Green Utility Sources. The words are stenciled on the front of the Apple Store, a glass box sandwiched between a nondescript Thai restaurant and a CVS pharmacy in downtown Palo Alto: “This store runs on 100 percent renewable energy.” (New York Times)

High-Price Ethanol Credits Add to Refiners’ Woes. The oil-refining business has always been a tough way to make money. (New York Times)

Why manufacturing will make or break the future of energy. From solar panels a decade ago to energy storage today, the history of clean tech is littered with capital-intensive concepts poised to radically alter the relationship between industrialized society and the environment. (GreenBiz)

The water-energy nexus is not what you expect. Earlier this summer, researchers at UC Davis confirmed what a lot of us already know — that saving water saves energy. The analysis from the UC Davis Center for Water-Energy Efficiency found that California’s mandatory 25 percent reduction in urban water use, adopted in May 2015 due to the ongoing severe drought, resulted in significant energy and greenhouse gas savings. (GreenBiz)

4 reasons net-zero energy should start with schools. Can we afford to teach our children? In the U.S. we generally can agree that educating our children is important. Consensus stops there. (GreenBiz)

Workforce/Diversity

Social Network Nextdoor Moves To Block Racial Profiling Online. Think before you post. That's not the message you typically get from Internet companies. The ethos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram is to (over) share. But Nextdoor, a social network, has decided to block users from publishing certain posts, specifically when they appear to be racial profiling. (NPR)

Tech Business

Too Much Tech? Latest Boom Reshapes San Francisco. For the past decade and a half, the boxy, squat office building at 215 Fremont St. in San Francisco has helped fuel the city’s financial-services engine, packed with employees of brokerage giant Charles Schwab. (Wall Street Journal)

Palo Alto mayor Patrick Burt fires back at housing critics. Last week, Curbed SF spoke to former Palo Alto planning commissioner Kate Vershov Downing, who made waves by resigning and penning an open letter condemning Palo Alto's housing policy. (Curbed)

C5 Capital aims to raise $150m cloud computing fund. C5 Capital, the London-based fund manager, is aiming to raise a $150m fund to tap the booming cloud computing sector after poaching the European head of Intel Capital, the venture capital arm of the US technology group. (Financial Times)

Why Homeland Security Unleashed an 'Alien Virus' on Silicon Valley. At 5 PM on 25 April 2015, dozens of cell phone users in Mountain View were warned of a bizarre road accident. A satellite had crashed to Earth on the busy Moffett Boulevard, three miles from Google’s headquarters, causing gridlock. (Motherboard)

Uber Is Now the Most Popular Taxi App in 108 Countries, Data Show. As the battle for the world's ride-hailing customers heats up, here's one statistic to consider: Uber is now the most used taxi app in 108 countries. (Bloomberg)

Tesla touts vehicle speed and range with new upgraded battery leftright 3/3leftright. Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA.O) Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Tuesday the company will offer a larger upgraded battery pack for performance versions of its Model S and X vehicles that will extend range and allow for super fast acceleration. (Reuters)

Spotify Seeks to Fine-Tune Music Rights as It Gears Up for IPO. As Spotify AB gears up for a potential initial public offering next year, the music-streaming service is missing one key component in its pitch to investors: rights to play the music in years to come, according to people familiar with the matter. (Wall Street Journal)

ITI Member News

Google Recruiting Web Stars, Hulu for Virtual Reality Push. Google is investing hundreds of thousands of dollars apiece in virtual-reality films and programs, part of a plan to line up exclusive content for the debut of its new Daydream service in the coming weeks, according to people familiar with the matter. (Bloomberg)

IBM, AMD and Others Plan Assault on Intel’s Chip Dominance. Few companies enjoy the kind of dominance Intel Corp. does in chips for the computers found in data centers. But competitors keep trying to pry open its server stronghold, with International Business Machines Corp. the latest to brandish a new tool. (Wall Street Journal)

Samsung, Tencent surge in race to become Asia's most valuable firm. Tencent Holdings Ltd (0700.HK) and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) are racing to be crowned Asia's most valuable company as expectations for robust earnings growth push their share prices to record highs. (Reuters)

South Korea delays decision on Google's request for mapping data. South Korea said on Wednesday it will extend a review of a request by Google Inc in June for permission to take government mapping data out of the country for use in servers worldwide, with a decision due by Nov. 23. (Reuters)

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