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Tech News Roundup - 06/12/2017

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Trump will huddle with business leaders on workforce and tech issues throughout June. The Trump administration will huddle with top tech companies to discuss drones, the internet of things and the future of the U.S. workforce at a series of meetings scheduled throughout the month of June, according to four sources familiar with the White House's plans. (Recode)

Trump Will Meet With Tech Leaders To Talk About Emerging Tech Like Drones. The White House is planning a second gathering of technology leaders later this month, in which President Donald Trump is expected to meet with venture capitalists and entrepreneurs from emerging tech firms. (BuzzFeed News)

Jared Polis to join crowded 2018 race for governor, tells The Post he wants "a Colorado that works for everybody". Congressman Jared Polis plans to join the crowded race for governor this week, and in doing so, the Boulder Democrat will advocate a vision for Colorado that tests how far to the left the state has shifted politically in the last decade. (Denver Post)

Uncertainty, More Than Populism, Is New Normal in Western Politics. Theresa May, Britain's prime minister, has joined a long line of politicians who have gambled that they understood the populist wave overtaking Western politics and lost. (New York Times)


The Internet needs paid fast lanes, anti-net neutrality senator says. This week, the head of the Federal Communications Commission and a Republican US senator each called net neutrality a "slogan" that solves no real problems, with the senator also arguing that the Internet should have paid fast lanes. (Ars Technica)

These are the states with the fastest - and slowest - internet speeds. The District of Columbia retains the top spot for fastest wireline internet in the country at 28.1 megabits per second, according to content delivery network Akamai's latest State of the Internet Report. The fastest state is Delaware with an average speed of 25.2 Mbps. D.C. and Delaware are the only two places in the nation that currently surpass the FCC's 25 Mbps broadband threshold. (Recode)

NTIA Nominee Committed to 5G Era. President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the National Telecommunications and Information Administration yesterday committed to pursuing several wireless spectrum and public safety initiatives if confirmed to the post. (BNA)

Public Sector

GSA reorg surprised rank and file. A reorganization announced June 7 at the General Services Administration came as surprise to many affected employees, FCW has learned. The move folded the relatively new Technology Transformation Service under the Federal Acquisition Service. (FCW)

Chris Liddell targets improved government services through collaboration. Chris Liddell, newly appointed assistant to the president for strategic initiatives, thinks increased collaboration - both internally and with the private sector - is key to improving government services. (FedScoop)

How modern analytics will inform government in 2017. In 2016, a wave of self-service analytics swept across the enterprise. Governments began embracing the modern approach to business analytics, with IT and public sector leadership partnering to derive maximum value from their data. (FedScoop)
Army colonel indicted in alleged $20M contracting fraud scheme. The U.S. Attorney's office in Savannah has indicted a Fort Gordon-based Army colonel on nine charges in an alleged $20 million fraud and bribery scheme, including conspiracy, bribery, false statements and obstruction. (FCW)

Top senator urges Trump to rescind congressional oversight policy, calling it 'nonsense'. The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is asking President Donald Trump to rescind a relatively new policy from the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, which restricts executive branch agencies from responding to congressional inquires other than committee chairman. (Federal News Radio)

USCIS CIO Schwartz to leave government. Mark Schwartz, the groundbreaking chief information officer at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service in the Homeland Security Department is leaving government. (Federal News Radio)

Congress looks to boost its oversight over DoD cyber warfare. Federal law already obliges the president to notify Congress within 48 hours of any commitment of U.S. forces to military action, but lawmakers evidently feel that they've been somewhat left in the dark when it comes to military action in cyberspace. New legislation introduced on Thursday is meant to correct that. (Federal News Radio)

U.S. ranks 4th in open data, with leadership by cities and states helping support the numbers. In a survey of open data efforts, the World Wide Web Foundation has ranked the U.S. fourth worldwide, just behind the United Kingdom in first, Canada in second, and France in third. (StateScoop)


After withdrawing from Paris Agreement, Trump's relationship with tech cools. President Trump's relationship with Silicon Valley may have reached a crossroads following his decision to leave the Paris Agreement, as giants of the technology industry prepare to gather at the White House while bucking the administration's position on the deal. (ITI Dean Garfield Quoted, Washington Examiner)

U.S, G7 partners remain at odds on climate at environment meeting. Differences between the United States and other leading economies over climate change remain wide and are not likely to narrow, environment ministers from G7 countries said on Sunday. (Reuters)
Jerry Brown sells green business on his trip to China. Go green: Gov. Jerry Brown's green jaunt to China, where he met with President Xi Jinping, certainly grabbed the international spotlight, especially with the governor's quips about how America is "going AWOL" under President Trump. (San Francisco Chronicle)

China Engages California on Climate After Trump's Paris Snub. China's government is working to keep climate-change cooperation with the U.S. alive after President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, even if that means sidestepping the White House to seek closer ties with U.S. states. (Wall Street Journal)


Rep. Blackburn Wants Internet Privacy Rules Simplified. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a Tennessee Republican, discusses the future of broadband privacy with Bloomberg's Emily Chang. (Bloomberg)
Dilemma for Uber and Rival: Egypt's Demand for Data on Riders. As Uber sought this year to expand in Egypt, one of the most competitive ride-sharing markets, its executives faced a troubling request from Egyptian ministers: Could they provide access to heaven? (New York Times)

When Currencies Fall, Export Growth Is Supposed to Follow-Until Now. For decades, economics textbooks argued that suddenly weaker currencies are a boon to growth, because they make a country's exports more competitive or profitable on the global stage, which in turn boosts domestic production and employment. (Wall Street Journal)

Germany's Merkel says digital world needs global rules. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday that the digital world needs regulations like those that exist for financial markets in the G20 and for trade under the World Trade Organization. (Reuters)

Mnuchin visits Canada to talk trade and jobs to ease simmering tensions. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has promised Canada that the United States is committed to keeping a conciliatory tone during the upcoming renegotiation of NAFTA and other issues, including trade in services and border security. (Politico)

Boeing decision stokes U.S.-Canada trade tensions. Move over lumber and dairy: There's a new trade spat that's ratcheting up tensions between the United States and Canada. And it could put a potentially huge military contract in jeopardy. (Politico)


Republicans Push Paul Ryan to Back Off Border-Tax Idea. House Speaker Paul Ryan is facing increasing pressure, including from fellow House Republicans, to drop his plan for a border-adjusted corporate tax. (Wall Street Journal)

Artificial Intelligence

Automation leads to globalization and inequality. Since Donald Trump was elected and before, economists and politicians have debated whether disaffected Rust Belt communities are struggling because of the impact of automation, globalization, or foreign trade. Which is the culprit? (Axios)

The U.S. Is Ahead of China in AI Innovation-for Now. Scientists working in artificial intelligence need to do a better job of explaining the promises and perils of the emerging technology, two of the top figures working in that field said. (Wall Street Journal)

Robotics are helping paralyzed people walk again, but the price tag is huge. Ashley Barnes was 35 years old when doctors told her she would never walk again. (Washington Post)


Trump takes second crack at a pivot next week with apprentice push. President Donald Trump, who became a reality television star with a show called "The Apprentice," will spend a lot of time next week promoting a plan to expand apprenticeships to help companies find more skilled workers to fill jobs, the White House said. (Reuters)

With Innovation, Colleges Fill the Skills Gap. How large is the so-called skills gap? (New York Times)

Migration is a bad idea for automation-ravaged workers. The United States has historically been a place of great mobility - when local economies have lost hope, Americans have often picked up and moved to where the jobs were. (Axios)

Why Women Don't See Themselves as Entrepreneurs. For many Americans, starting their own business is the manifestation of the American dream: Take a risk, work hard, get rich. So why don't more women do it? (New York Times)

Tech Business

Why Universal Basic Income and tax breaks won't save us from the jobless future. In Amazon's warehouses, there is a beehive of activity, and robots are increasingly doing more of the work. (Washington Post)

Uber's Board to Discuss Leave of Absence for Top Executive. Uber's board of directors is meeting on Sunday morning to discuss a leave of absence for Travis Kalanick, the company's chief executive, according to two people with knowledge of the matter. (New York Times)

Uber Board to Discuss CEO Travis Kalanick's Possible Leave of Absence. Uber Technologies Inc. Chief Executive Travis Kalanick will discuss taking a possible leave of absence when the board of directors of the embattled ride-hailing company meets Sunday morning, according to a person familiar with the matter. (Wall Street Journal)

Asian Tech Firms Look to Climb Out of Silicon Valley's Shadow. Hundreds of millions of newly connected consumers are giving Asian tech firms a leg up against Silicon Valley in key emerging technologies. (Wall Street Journal)

ITI Member News

Google Execs Hunker Down for Summer Fight With EU as Fines Loom. As European Union officials count the days before their annual vacation, Google's lawyers and lobbyists are hunkering down in Brussels, preparing for what may be a record EU antitrust fine. (Bloomberg)

Costs of bank cyber thefts hit SWIFT profit last year. Dealing with cyber hacks on banks ate into profit last year at the SWIFT messaging system, which financial institutions use to move trillions of dollars each day. (Reuters)

Brussels launches probe into Qualcomm-NXP deal. Brussels has opened an in-depth probe into Qualcomm's $47bn takeover of European chipmaker NXP, slowing a deal the US giant needs to offset revenue pressures from its battle with Apple over royalties. (Financial Times)
EU Opens In-Depth Probe Into Qualcomm-NXP Deal. Qualcomm Inc.'s QCOM -1.84% bid to acquire NXP Semiconductors NXPI -0.60% NV faces an in-depth probe by the European Union on concerns the deal could lead to higher prices, less choice and reduced innovation in the semiconductor industry, the EU's antitrust regulator said Friday. (Wall Street Journal)

1600 Penn.

In the morning, President Donald J. Trump will receive a National Security Council briefing. The President will then lead a Cabinet Meeting. In the afternoon, the President will have lunch with Vice President Mike Pence. The President will then welcome the 2016 NCAA Football National Champions: The Clemson Tigers.

Today on the Hill

Today, 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.
The Senate will convene at 4:00 p.m. and begin a period of morning business.5:00 p.m.: Proceed to executive session to consider the nomination of Kenneth P. Rapuano to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense.
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