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05/24/2016

Key Issues

Encryption

Lawmakers urge colleagues to use encryption. A bipartisan pair of lawmakers are encouraging their colleagues to use end-to-end encryption to communicate. (The Hill)

Apple CEO talks security, encryption with India's leader. Apple CEO Tim Cook touched on encryption and cybersecurity during a weekend discussion with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (The Hill)

Global Trade

More than 400 businesses urge Congress to support Pacific deal. More than 400 employers across 10 states are calling on Congress to support and pass an expansive Pacific Rim trade agreement. (The Hill)

A net plus for America. Among the many unfortunate aspects of the 2016 presidential campaign has been the bashing of “trade deals” by candidates across the political spectrum, including those who should know better, like the Democratic front-runner, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton. (Washington Post)

It’s Now or Never For the TPP. I have spent a lifetime championing the benefits of free trade, and for the most part my views have been vindicated by the facts on the ground. (Huffington Post)

Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership Will Be Obama’s Greatest Foreign Policy Achievement. When President Obama travels to Asia in the coming days, a number of subjects will be on his agenda, including security, the legacy of World War II and relations with China. (TIME)

Obama Announces Lifting Of Arms Sale Embargo, Talks Trade In Vietnam. There were good vibes aplenty during US President Barack Obama’s joint press conference with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang in Hanoi today. The big announcement was the lifting of the nearly 50-year-old US embargo on the sale of lethal arms to Vietnam. (Forbes)

Obama to focus on TPP, arms embargo on Vietnam trip. U.S. President Barack Obama begins a landmark visit to Vietnam this week but it's unlikely he can satisfy the two key areas of focus for local policymakers, strategists told CNBC. (CNBC)

Labor, environmental groups call on Congress to oppose TPP. Labor unions and environmental groups are among the more than 1,500 organizations calling on Congress to reject a sweeping Pacific Rim trade deal. (The Hill)

Why pursue the TPP when we know it won't work?. The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has just released its Congressionally-mandatedreport detailing the potential economic outcomes of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). (The Hill)

WTO members slam U.S. veto of Appellate Body member. As the smoke clears from the fireworks at a WTO meeting on Monday, the United States appears to be standing alone in its move to block the reappointment of a member of the group’s Appellate Body. (Politico Pro)

Broadband/Communications

Microsoft Awards First Grants to Help Expand Global Internet Access. Microsoft has largely stood by as other technology giants like Facebook and Google have begun work on grand plans for balloons, satellites, drones, simplified apps and even bicycle hot spots to deliver Internet access to the four billion or so people around the world who are not yet online. (New York Times)

Grassley worried about FCC box proposal AddThis Sharing Buttons. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) joined several other high-ranking colleagues on Monday in hitting Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler’s plan to open up the market for television boxes. (The Hill)

America is using a staggering amount of mobile data now. Americans are so committed to their smartphones and tablets that they used nearly 10 billion gigabytes of mobile data last year, according to a new study published by a top industry trade group. (Washington Post)

Wireless data use more than doubled in 2015, industry survey says. Americans used more than twice the amount of wireless data in 2015 than they did in 2014, according to an annual survey from a Washington mobile industry trade group. (The Hill)

Cybersecurity

Financial industry spars with retailers over data breach bill AddThis Sharing Buttons. The financial services industry is ratcheting up its support of legislation that would set nationwide data security standards and require businesses to notify customers following a breach. (The Hill)

Japan ATM heist reportedly involved 100 people who stole $12.7 million. On Sunday evening, Japanese newspapers reported that an ATM heist involving around 1,400 machines in convenience stores resulted in the loss of 1.4 billion yen ($12.7 million). (Ars Technica)

Hackers probe defenses of Middle East banks : FireEye. Hackers are probing the defenses of banks in the Middle East, targeting employees with infected emails which gather information about the banks' network and user accounts, FireEye researchers said. (Reuters)

Lieu, Hurd alert members on cyber hygiene. The two members of Congress with degrees in computer science are urging their fellow legislators to be a little more conscientious about their personal and professional cybersecurity. (FCW)

Industry seeks expanded cyber deterrence policy including stronger DOJ authority. Industry officials are urging the Obama administration to adopt policies that would boost deterrence by increasing the costs for cyber attacks from foreigners on U.S.-based businesses, sources say, including a pending proposal in the Senate that would allow the Justice Department to impose stiffer penalties for cyber thefts. (Inside Cybersecurity)

Privacy

Bill to give location data to police in emergencies fails in House. A bill that would make it easier for law enforcement to get cellphone location data during emergencies was rejected by the House of Representatives on Monday, after critics said it could too easily be abused. (The Hill)

Patent

Revealed: How copyright law is being misused to remove material from the internet. Writing a bad review online has always run a small risk of opening yourself up to a defamation claim. But few would expect to be told that they had to delete their review or face a lawsuit over another part of the law: copyright infringement. (The Guardian)

Internet of Things

U.S. consumers buck investors' rush to self-driving cars: study. U.S. consumers still resist the notion of self-driving cars, according to a University of Michigan study released on Monday, the latest sign that investors and automakers may be rushing into a business where demand is limited at best. (Reuters)

Public Sector

Cyber leaders describe dream federal CISO. The new federal chief information security officer, once one is announced, should push more collaboration between agencies and be the bridge for sharing best practices, according to a panel of federal cybersecurity officials. (FedScoop)

5 Reasons the Public Sector Needs to Adopt a Mobile Strategy. The public sector tend to be late adopters of technology, and this is the case with mobile technology. However, there are several reasons why nonprofits and public-sector organizations need to adopt a mobile strategy. (Government Technology)

DOD poised to release milCloud 2.0 RFP. A request for proposals for the second version of the Defense Department's on-premise cloud computing environment is coming in about two weeks, the department said in a contracting notice. (FCW)

Compare us to other businesses, not federal agencies, VA leader says. As questions over accountability at the Veterans Affairs Department take center stage in recent debates on Capitol Hill, VA Secretary Bob McDonald says his organization is different enough from other federal agencies that its senior executives need their own pay, performance and disciplinary system. (FCW)

Watchdog will probe DISA contracts. The Defense Department inspector general will audit the way one of the largest IT buyers in the federal government doles out its contracts, officials announced Monday. (FedScoop)

New cyber acquisition rule presents compliance challenges for contractors, federal agencies. Government contractors and federal agencies alike will struggle to assess compliance with new “baseline” cybersecurity rules set by the Pentagon and General Services Administration – while the rules also may lead to civilian-agency contractors facing the same kind of cyber incident reporting requirements that defense contractors already face under other requirements, according to industry stakeholders. (Inside Cybersecurity)

Environment/Sustainability

WH threatens to veto House energy and water spending bill. The White House on Monday threatened to veto the House’s energy and water spending bill due up on the floor this week. (The Hill)

REBA shows what it takes to scale corporate renewable energy. Amory Lovins, chief scientist and chairman emeritus of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), has an expression I love: applied hope. It captures that rational middle ground between the unbridled optimism of a noble and vital goal — like taking action on climate — and the practical path to actually doing something toward that goal. (GreenBiz)

SolarCity's solar + storage play on Kauai. To the islanders of Kauai, worries about sea level rise swallowing their coastline tourism industry and memories of how tough things were when electricity rates spiked with the price of oil are constants: They come up in conversation; in daily decisions; and in island policy. (GreenBiz)

Exxon Investors Seek Assurance as Climate Shifts, Along With Attitudes. Exxon Mobil has been under pressure for over a year to explain its handling of climate change issues in the past. Now the company faces new pressure to explain its future, particularly how it will change in response to a warming world. (New York Times)

Tech Business

Uber deal shows divide in labor's drive for role in 'gig economy'. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers trumpeted an agreement reached earlier this month to represent New York Uber drivers, saying it "gives organized labor an opportunity to shape the new economy in a way that supports and values workers and their families." (Reuters)

Lyft to offer scheduled rides. Lyft, the ride-hailing company, is set to start offering scheduled rides, a departure from the on-demand model which brings the company into even more direct competition with taxis. (Financial Times)

The gig economy needs a new bargain for workers. America’s middle class is losing ground. Wage stagnation, economic insecurity and rising inequality have become the defining issues of the presidential campaign. Yet as politicians search for a response, they must also grapple with the changing nature of employment. (Financial Times)

Global Telecoms Struggle to Answer Challenge from Messaging Apps. The global telecom industry is scrambling to compete in mobile messaging with the likes of Facebook Inc.-owned WhatsApp and Apple Inc.’s iMessage. (Wall Street Journal)

A Tiny Robot That Can Fly and, Amazingly, Rest. The RoboBee has landed. Well, actually, it has perched, which is even more impressive. (New York Times)

Spotify Revenue Rises in 2015, But Losses Grow on Expansion Investment. Spotify AB nearly doubled its revenue in 2015, but losses grew amid continued investment in international expansion. (Wall Street Journal)

How Oakland, Calif., Transformed Itself Into a Tech City. It was once a major downtown landmark, drawing shoppers from throughout the city, before gradually slumping into a status charitably described as "underused." (Government Technology)

U.S. smartphone growth dipped below 10 percent last year. It's not just China that is seeing a slowdown in smartphone growth. Here in the U.S., overall smartphone growth fell to less than 10 percent for the first time since the start of the mobile revolution. (Recode)

Spotify revenues double but losses widen. Spotify’s revenues surged to almost €2bn last year, although the streaming company’s losses widened as it invested heavily in technology and marketing to compete with rivals such as Apple Music. (Financial Times)

Oculus anti-piracy update cracked in a day. An anti-piracy update for the Oculus virtual reality platform has been cracked within a day of release. (BBC News)

Why the Virtual-Reality Hype is About to Come Crashing Down. Makers of virtual-reality headsets think 2016 will be the year of VR. The experience “is radically different than any computing experience you’ve had before,” says Marc Metis, a vice president at HTC Corp., maker of the Vive headset. (Wall Street Journal)

Auto Insurers Increasingly Use Tech To Set Premiums. Earlier last month Progressive PGR +0.03% reached a deal with UBER to insure their drivers in Texas, and it will use a novel technique to price their coverage. (Forbes)

A Cure for Digital Addicts’ ‘Text Neck’?. In the digital age, many people spend hours daily bent over computers, phones and tablets—our necks craned forward. Some scientists say this unnatural position can lead to pain, headaches and other symptoms, sometimes collectively called “text neck.” (Wall Street Journal)

Hack, Hustle, Nap, Repeat: Life as a Young Techie in San Francisco. The fact that nine out of every 10 startups fails doesn’t keep people from descending on the San Francisco Bay Area with dreams of getting rich while changing the world. (Wired)

ITI Member News

Apple and Google are playing catch-up — and that's a good thing. One of the complaints I'm hearing with increasingly regularity in the wake of an Apple or Google launch event is that the company in question is "playing catch-up." (The Verge)

More challenges than cheer for Apple chief on Asia tour. With slowing iPhone sales in China, Apple Inc (AAPL.O) is having to take India more seriously, but investors hoping for a stock price fillip from CEO Tim Cook's week-long Asia trip instead were given a taste of the daunting challenges that lie ahead. (Reuters)

French Look at Online Ad Dominance Enjoyed by Google, Facebook. France’s competition authority on Monday opened an inquiry into possible antitrust issues in the online-advertising market, saying it will examine the market power of Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google. (Wall Street Journal)

Google could replace some passwords with a 'trust score' by the end of the year. Conventional passwords might soon be a thing of the past, or at least on devices running Android. (The Verge)

With HoloLens, Microsoft aims to avoid Google's mistakes. When Google introduced its Google Glass smart glasses four years ago, it turned to Glass-sporting sky divers buzzing a San Francisco convention center, Glass-adorned models at a glitzy fashion show and a Twitter campaign to notify early "Glass Explorers" of their luck in snagging a pair. (Reuters)

Facebook’s Troubling One-Way Mirror. If you bothered to read the fine print when you created your Facebook account, you would have noticed just how much of yourself you were giving over to Mark Zuckerberg and his $340 billion social network. (New York Times)

Facebook is making some big changes to Trending Topics, responding to conservatives. Facebook said Monday it will stop relying as much on other news outlets to inform what goes into its Trending Topics section — a part of Facebook’s website that despite its small size has grown into a national political controversy amid accusations that the social network is stifling conservative voices on its platform. (Washington Post)

Facebook makes changes to 'Trending Topics' after bias investigation. Facebook is making changes to how it selects the most important news articles on the giant social network after its internal investigation found no evidence of "systematic" but could not rule out the possibility of "isolated improper actions or unintentional bias." (USA Today)

Facebook bought a startup to make its 360-degree videos sound better. Facebook acquired Two Big Ears on Monday, a startup that builds audio software for virtual reality and 360-degree videos. Two Big Ears shared the news via a blog post. (Recode)

Facebook: Trending feature may have favored mainstream media. Facebook said in a Monday letter that now-changed guidelines for its trending topics feature may have favored stories coming from mainstream media outlets. (The Hill)

In Oracle vs. Google retrial, lawyers make final pitches to jury. Oracle Corp (ORCL.N) filed a multibillion-dollar copyright lawsuit against Google because Oracle failed in its own attempts to enter the smartphone market, a Google attorney said in closing arguments on Monday. (Reuters)

LinkedIn Finally Finished Resetting All the Passwords Leaked in 2012. Days after a hacker put up for sale a database of LinkedIn usernames and passwords that were stolen in a data breach back in 2012, the company says it has now finally finished resetting the passwords of all the victims. (Motherboard)

Amazon stopped giving refunds when an item's price drops after you purchase it. The company that prides itself on customer centricity may have just alienated some customers. (Recode)

Samsung Targets U.S. Drug Market With Remicade Knockoff. Samsung Group said Tuesday its near-replica of Johnson & Johnson’s blockbuster arthritis drug Remicade has been accepted for review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, marking the South Korean conglomerate’s first attempt to sell drugs to Americans, alongside its popular smartphones and televisions. (Wall Street Journal)

Nokia could cut 10,000-15,000 jobs worldwide: union. Telecom network equipment maker Nokia (NOKIA.HE) is likely to cut 10,000 to 15,000 jobs globally as part of a cost-cutting program following its acquisition of Franco-American rival Alcatel-Lucent (ALUA.PA), a Finnish union representative said. (Reuters)

1600 Penn.

Today, in the morning, the President will meet with Embassy personnel and families. Later in the morning, the President will meet with members of civil society. Following his remarks the President will depart Hanoi en route Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. While in Ho Chi Minh City, the President will tour the Jade Pagoda. In the evening, the President will tour the DreamPlex Coworking Space and deliver remarks at an event focused on entrepreneurship and opportunity for the Vietnamese people. The President will remain overnight in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Today on the Hill

Today, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 2:15-3:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Today, the Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will vote (expected by voice) on adoption of the motion to proceed to H.J.Res.88, disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to the definition of the term “Fiduciary”. Under the rule, there will be up to 10 hours of debate equally divided prior to a vote on adoption of the joint resolution.