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Khanna wants to invite British PM to Silicon Valley for 'fact-based' terrorism conversation. Silicon Valley Rep. Ro Khanna says he's looking at how to formally invite British Prime Minister Theresa May to visit his district for "fact-based" conversations with tech companies, following her remarks that internet giants are giving violent extremism "the safe space it needs to breed." (Politico Pro)

After London attacks, British prime minister calls for worldwide Internet regulations to fight terrorism. British Prime Minister Theresa May is calling for greater regulation of the Internet in light of the deadly weekend attacks in London. But technology experts are saying that the U.K. government's surveillance powers are already so vast that there is little else officials can do to digitally monitor terrorism suspects without violating innocent people's human rights. (Washington Post)

Online Terrorist Propaganda Still a Challenge for Tech Companies. Terrorists are still successfully using the internet to communicate with and recruit followers, despite progress by big tech companies in cracking down on the activity in recent years. (Wall Street Journal)

Can Britain Really Do Much More to Tighten Security?. British police and security services already have some of the most powerful surveillance laws in the world, with weak judicial oversight and little criticism on privacy issues from a public that generally trusts its government and Civil Service. (New York Times)


White House funds federal spectrum study. The White House is funding a team of four agencies looking to combine their surveillance radar capabilities and possibly auction off the spectrum freed up by that consolidation. (FCW)


Trump's infrastructure pitch adds to legislative pileup. Health care and tax reform legislation are on ice, Congress faces a time crunch to prepare a budget and avoid a debt crisis this summer, and the White House is under pressure from the Russia investigations. But President Donald Trump is trying to turn D.C.'s focus this week to two other mammoth pitches - privatizing air traffic control and promoting his $1 trillion infrastructure plan. (Politico Pro)

Public Sector

Intelligence agency taps FCC's David Bray to lead new innovation office. FCC CIO David Bray will head a newly launched National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency office focused on driving innovation both internally and externally, the agency's director announced Monday. (FedScoop)

GSA exploring blockchain, artificial intelligence as new digital services pilots. The General Services Administration is piloting a federal blockchain pilot initiative this summer. (Federal News Radio)

USAF secretary calls for more research and innovation. It's no secret that the Air Force is flying low on planes and personnel and faces serious readiness and modernization challenges. But the new USAF secretary said the service also needs to prioritize innovation and research to stay ahead of adversaries. (FCW)


What Trump withdrawal? Tech giants join massive effort to uphold Paris Agreement. U.S. tech titans are joining an effort by more than 1,000 U.S. governors, mayors, investors, universities, and companies to commit to meeting the targets of the Paris Climate Agreement. (Mashable)

Apple, Amazon, Google and other tech giants are joining an effort to adhere to the Paris climate agreement. Apple, Amazon, Google, Lyft and Spotify are among hundreds of U.S. businesses teaming up with state and local regulators to pledge their support for the Paris climate agreement as part of a new campaign debuting today. (Recode)

China Looks to Capitalize on Clean Energy as U.S. Retreats. China's devastating pollution problems began here, in coal country, where legions of workers toiled and often died to exhume the rich deposits that fueled the country's sooty rise to economic power. (New York Times)

Solar's rise lifted these blue-collar workers. Now they're worried about Trump. Mike Catanzaro, a solar panel installer with a high school diploma, likes to work with his hands under the clear Carolina sky. That's why he supported President Trump, a defender of blue-collar workers. But the 25-year-old sees Trump's withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement as a threat to his job. (Washington Post)

Editorial: Who Lost the Climate?. First, for some perspective on the latest London attack, you can read Juliette Kayyem, Rossalyn Warren, Jenni Russell or The Times Editorial Board. (New York Times)


Use of H1B Visas Fell Before Donald Trump's Critiques of Program. President Donald Trump has suggested he might find a way to cut the number of coveted H-1B visas awarded to outsourcing firms. But the companies appear to be heading in that direction all on their own, amid technological changes. (Wall Street Journal)
Disney under Investigation for H-1B Abuse, Say Feds. The Walt Disney Company and other employers regularly utilizing the H-1B visa program are under investigation for alleged abuse, according to a Department of Homeland Security letter to Congress. (Breitbart)

Indians still mad for engineering despite threat to H1B visa. They're harder to get into than Harvard, Yale or Oxford. India's 23 elite engineering schools attract millions of applications each year and less than 1% of applicants are successful. (CNN)

Artificial Intelligence

California's would-be governor prepares for battle against job-killing robots. The graduating computer science students at the University of California at Berkeley had just finished chuckling at a joke about fleets of "Google buses, Facebook shuttles and Uber-copters" lining up to whisk them them to elite jobs in Silicon Valley. (The Guardian)


Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Cellphone Tracking Case. The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to decide whether the government needs a warrant to obtain information from cellphone companies showing their customers' locations. (New York Times)

U.S. Supreme Court to settle major cellphone privacy case. Police officers for the first time could be required to obtain warrants to get data on the past locations of criminal suspects based on cellphone use under a major case on privacy rights in the digital age taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday. (Reuters)

Internet of Things

U.S. plans to update self-driving guidelines in coming months. President Donald Trump's administration will unveil revised self-driving guidelines within the next few months, the head of the U.S. Transportation Department said on Monday, responding to automakers' calls for regulations that will eliminate barriers and allow autonomous vehicles on the road. (Reuters)

State action needed to pave the way for self-driving vehicles, report says. While some states are making strides toward preparing for commercial deployment of self-driving vehicles, the majority do not yet have any laws regarding the emerging technology under consideration, according to a recent report from the Eno Center for Transportation. (StateScoop)


White House wants healthcare vote this summer, tax reform in fall. The White House is hoping to kick-start its stalled legislative agenda with congressional action on healthcare reform this summer that will clear the way for lawmakers to begin work on a major tax bill after the Sept. 4 Labor Day holiday, an administration official said on Monday. (Reuters)


In Australia, Mattis and Tillerson address growing concerns about American isolationism. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met here Monday with senior Australian officials, stressing that despite the Trump administration's withdrawal from key environmental and trade agreements, the relationship between their countries will remain strong. (Washington Post)

Tech firms hope a 'new' NAFTA will help set rules on digital trade. High-tech firms see the upcoming NAFTA negotiations as a second chance to establish rules for digital trade after President Donald Trump walked away from TPP. (Politico Pro)
Italy's move to keep pasta Italian prompts WTO backlash. Some of the world's largest agricultural nations are fuming about the spread of food origin labels in Europe and have taken their grievances to the World Trade Organization. (Politico Pro)

Polish fintech companies face Brexit dilemma. As Britain and the EU begin to negotiate the terms of Brexit, Polish fintech start-ups are among the businesses most anxious about the detail of the deal. (Financial Times)

Tech Business

Trump's plan to privatize air traffic control could expedite drone delivery in the U.S.. This morning, President Donald Trump announced plans to privatize the U.S. air traffic control system, a move that would take the responsibility away from the Federal Aviation Administration, the agency that currently manages U.S. air traffic control. (Recode)

What Does China's Tencent Want With Silicon Valley?. In its quest to expand its global reach, Tencent Holdings Ltd. TCEHY 0.12% has quietly become China's top corporate investor in Silicon Valley, pouring money into everything from electric cars to moonshot ventures such as space tourism and asteroid mining. (Wall Street Journal)
The Danube Valley: central Europe's answer to Silicon Valley. Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal and a prominent Silicon Valley investor, once complained that "we wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters". (Financial Times)

Tech world's 'fearsome five' top most valuable brands list. Silicon Valley groups occupy the top five spots among the world's most valuable companies. Tech stocks also account for almost all of the S&P 500's gains so far this year. Now, a new ranking of the world's most valuable brands is the latest listing to be dominated by Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook. (Financial Times)

ITI Member News

Apple Music now has 27 million subscribers. Apple Music, the company's subscription streaming service, now has 27 million paying subscribers, up from 20 million subscribers in December and 13 million a little more than one year ago. (Recode)

These are the six big things Apple announced today. Chief executive Tim Cook said that Apple had six big announcements Monday at its annual developers conference. Cook promised updates to each of Apple's operating systems - for the Apple TV, the Apple Watch, mobile devices and computers - plus some additional announcements that he promises will be "major." (Washington Post)
Apple debuts HomePod speaker to bring Siri into the living room. Apple Inc (AAPL.O) on Monday introduced the HomePod, a voice-controlled speaker that can make music suggestions and adjust home temperatures, taking aim at Inc's (AMZN.O) Alexa feature and Echo devices. (Reuters)
Amazon-Apple TV deal shows tough road to cooperation for tech rivals. A deal bringing Amazon Prime Video to Apple TV, announced on Monday at Apple Inc's developer conference after years of talk, shows how competitive tensions among Silicon Valley titans can stand in the way of serving customers. (Reuters)

BlackBerry downplays Toyota's use of rival software. BlackBerry Ltd on Monday downplayed news that Toyota Motor Corp would adopt rival software for its future vehicle consoles, saying it was more focused on the faster-growing market for autonomous driving technology. (Reuters)

1600 Penn.

In the morning, President Donald J. Trump will receive his daily intelligence briefing. The President will then meet with National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster. In the afternoon, the President will meet with House and Senate leadership. The President will then sign a bill. In the evening, the President will have dinner with Members of Congress.

Today on the Hill

On Tuesday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m.for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.
10:00 a.m.: Convene and proceed to executive session to resume consideration of the nomination of Courtney Elwood to be General Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Thereafter, proceed to consideration of S.1094, the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017.
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