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Tech News Roundup - 06/26/2017

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Tech heads sound optimistic note after Trump meetings. President Trump and his administration earned some goodwill from the technology industry after his "tech week" initiative this week. (The Hill)


Federal Cybersecurity Regulations Called Inconsistent, Redundant. Both members of the private sector and state governments are struggling under the burden of inconsistent and overlapping Federal cybersecurity regulations, according to experts who spoke before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. (ITI's Dean Garfield Quoted, MeriTalk)
China's New Cybersecurity Law May Be Used to Slow Foreign Trade. China may use its new cybersecurity law to shift the technology market towards domestic products at the expense of foreign companies-or to punish companies in the event of geopolitical or trade disputes, regulatory analysts told Bloomberg BNA. (BNA)
New bill would expand SBA cyber training. Legislators from both chambers both parties have introduced legislation aimed at boosting cybersecurity training to help protect small businesses from digital threats. (FCW)

British lawmakers hit by 'sustained' cyber attack. Britain's parliament was hit by a "sustained and determined" cyber attack on Saturday designed to identify weak email passwords, just over a month after a ransomware worm crippled parts of the country's health service. (Reuters)
Public Sector

Tech in One Hand, Overhaul in Other, Trump Tackles Government. President Donald Trump's plans to use new technology to modernize the federal government-claiming $1 trillion in savings and better services-may outstrip his proposal to overhaul agencies to make them more effective. (BNA)

DOD releases electronic warfare strategy to stakeholders. While cyber's star has been on the rise in national security circles, the Pentagon's electronic warfare capabilities have languished. That must change, said one senior official. (FCW)

Former GSA Administrator retaliated against whistleblower, IG says. The General Services Administration's inspector general has found former Administrator Denise Turner Roth retaliated against a whistleblower. (Federal News Radio)
House takes on TSP modernization with a bipartisan companion bill. Participants in the Thrift Savings Plan are one small step closer to getting more options with the TSP. (Federal News Radio)

Pentagon will soon hold contractors to elevated cyber standards. The Defense Department in recent years has implemented heightened cybersecurity regulations to protect its sensitive data, and now it must hold its industry partners to the same standards as they face the same threats, the Pentagon's top IT official said Friday. (FedScoop)


The FCC's independent chair is getting too cozy with the White House, critics say. Much of the media coverage surrounding President Trump's meetings with tech industry executives this week has focused on the companies in the room - Apple, Microsoft, Verizon and so on. (Washington Post)

Communicators with Robert Quinn. Robert Quinn talked about issues AT&T is confronting his industry in the nation's capital. Topics included AT&T's interest in corporate tax reform, privacy, net neutrality, and AT&T's proposed merger with Time Warner. (C-Span)

FCC sets criteria for state FirstNet networks. The Federal Communications Commission has approved the benchmarks it will use to evaluate alternative network proposals for states that choose to opt out of FirstNet, the national, AT&T-built nationwide, interoperable wireless network planned for emergency responders. (FCW)

Rural broadband will be included in $1 trillion infrastructure plan, Trump says. It's at least a partial answer to a question posed for months by technologists working around state and local government: President Donald Trump announced that rural broadband improvement will play a role in his $1 trillion infrastructure package. (StateScoop)


Xi Jinping Is Set for a Big Gamble With China's Carbon Trading Market. As other countries look to China to take the lead in fighting global warming after President Trump's rejection of the Paris climate agreement, President Xi Jinping is pushing ahead with an ambitious plan to build the world's largest market for carbon emissions permits. (New York Times)

A flurry of recent statements show widespread climate doubt in the Trump administration. After President Trump withdrew from the Paris climate agreement, journalists repeatedly asked the White House what he thought about climate change - and couldn't get straight answers. (Washington Post)

3 barriers holding equitable cities back. In the grand scheme of pressing issues facing residents of U.S. cities - scarce affordable housing, high health care costs, anxiety about immigration status or racial tension, to name a few - warnings about the long-term consequences of climate change can, understandably, take a back seat. (GreenBiz)

Migrants, big cities, and our direst problems. Around the world, people are flocking to big cities. But we are abandoning other cities - our rust belts and rural towns. (Axios)
May's proposal to let E.U. citizens stay after Brexit. U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May offered European Union leaders a proposal during a summit in Brussels last night to allow E.U. citizens the right to stay in the U.K. after Brexit - a key point of contention in Brexit negotiations. (Axios)


The U.S. is slowly submitting to the EU's 2018 privacy law. Figure this one out: Just shy of 100 percent of U.S.-based privacy professionals believe the importance and complexity of managing privacy in their organizations is increasing. (Venture Beat)

Google will no longer use data from personal Gmail accounts for advertising. Google announced on Friday that it will no longer be scanning the messages of personal Gmail accounts in order to create personalized advertisements. (The Hill)

Snapchat map update raises child safety worries. Snap Map lets people search for places such as schools and see videos and pictures posted by children inside. (BBC News)


Australia advocates weakening strong crypto at upcoming "Five Eyes" meeting. Two top Australian government officials said Sunday that they will push for "thwarting the encryption of terrorist messaging" during an upcoming meeting next week of the so-called "Five Eyes" group of English-speaking nations that routinely share intelligence. (Ars Technica)

Internet of Things

Cities vie to become hubs of self-driving technology. The stakes are enormous. Last year, Goldman Sachs projected the market for advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous vehicles would grow from about $3 billion in 2015 to $96 billion in 2025 and $290 billion in 2035. (USA Today)
States get ready for the self-driving car revolution. Self-driving vehicles are synonymous with sophisticated sensors producing terabytes of data being analyzed by powerful computers. But it seems the success of this transportation revolution hinges on a decidedly low-tech material: Paint. (USA Today)

Regulators scramble to stay ahead of self-driving cars. Self-driving cars are only starting to navigate the nation's streets, but regulators are scrambling to catch up. (USA Today)

Tesla, others seek ways to ensure drivers keep their hands on the wheel. Automakers are using tiny cameras, sensors to track drooping heads, steering wheel monitors and audible alerts to ensure drivers pay attention when using advanced driver assistance systems, like Tesla's Autopilot, that allow drivers to take their hands off the wheel. (Reuters)


U.S. to Push India on IP, Tariffs During Modi Visit . President Donald Trump's first meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi June 26 will give the U.S. a chance to push for India to reduce tariffs and institute strong intellectual property protections, a senior White House official told reporters. (BNA)

U.S. on track to supply India with 22 Guardian drones. The United States is on track to announce plans to supply India with 22 Guardian drones in a deal worth more than $2 billion, a source familiar with the deal said on Thursday. (Reuters)

Congressional leaders urge Trump to push Modi on trade issues. The top four lawmakers who oversee trade on Capitol Hill are asking the White House to use Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit next week as an opportunity to push the South Asian nation to tackle several difficult hurdles American businesses face for trade and investment. (Politico Pro)

David Petraeus on US policy under Donald Trump, the generational war against Islamist terrorism, and dealing with China. Retired United States general David Petraeus was a commander of international forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Later he headed the CIA, before resigning amid a scandal involving his affair with his biographer. (The Conversation)

It Takes an Army to Feed the World's Amazon Addiction. There is constant curiosity about how Amazon might harness technology to wipe out jobs for warehouse workers, or perhaps cashier jobs at its experimental convenience store or soon-to-be owned Whole Foods supermarket chain. (Bloomberg)

In Towns Already Hit by Factory Closings, a New Casualty: Retail Jobs. Dawn Nasewicz comes from a family of steelworkers, with jobs that once dominated the local economy. She found her niche in retail. (New York Times)
Indian Technology Workers Worry About a Job Threat: Technology. Last month, Sudhakar Choudhari took the company bus as usual from his one-bedroom apartment to the suburban offices of Tech Mahindra, a major employer of workers in India that powers the global technology machine behind the scenes. (New York Times)
The high-tech jobs that created India's gilded generation are disappearing. They were going to be India's gilded generation. (Washington Post)

Why Wall Street still needs human traders. A rush into algorithmic trading is setting up a concentration of faith in computerized investment, a trend that could backfire in intensified volatility and lowered returns. (Axios)

After Uber, more women speak up about Silicon Valley sexism. On Friday, venture capitalist Justin Caldbeck said he would take an indefinite leave of absence after six women accused the Binary Capital partner of sexually harassing them. (USA Today)

Google's 'Trust Us' Approach Doesn't Satisfy Pay Gap Skeptics. Google, which has long portrayed itself as one of the world's best workplaces, faces government accusations that it underpays women and is resisting pressure to turn over salary data to disprove them. (Wall Street Journal)


The GOP's trillion dollar tax problem. Congressional Republicans and the Trump administration, under pressure to deliver on what they hope will be the crown jewel of their economic agenda, appear close to formally jettisoning the controversial border tax proposed by House Republicans while still presenting a plan in two months that would include permanent changes to the tax code. (Politico Pro)

The $1.5 Trillion Business Tax Change Flying Under the Radar. Republicans looking to rewrite the U.S. tax code are taking aim at one of the foundations of modern finance-the deduction that companies get for interest they pay on debt. (Wall Street Journal)

Senate Health Bill Gives Huge Tax Cuts to Businesses, High-Income Households. The Senate's health-care bill repeals hundreds of billions of dollars in taxes on businesses and high-income households and includes a retroactive cut in capital-gains taxes. (Wall Street Journal)

Artificial Intelligence

Op-Ed: The Real Threat of Artificial Intelligence. What worries you about the coming world of artificial intelligence? (New York Times)

The challenge to big tech in the AI war. Last week, we profiled the heavyweights whose gigantic data troves and colossal spending make them the players to beat in the war to dominate the next generation of tech - in artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, to name a few. (Axios)

Tech Business
Airbnb touts economic impact for middle class to local legislators. Ahead of its participation in the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Summer Meeting in Florida, Airbnb emphasized once more its big sell to local governments in a new report: positive economic impact for the middle class. (Axios)

Six contenders to be Uber's new CEO. The search is on for a new CEO at Uber. After Uber and its CEO Travis Kalanick's reputations were damaged by revelations of misconduct and other missteps in the past several months, Kalanick finally stepped down earlier this week. (The Hill)

The Man Who Helped Turn Toronto Into a High-Tech Hotbed. As an undergraduate at Cambridge University, Geoffrey Everest Hinton thought a lot about the brain. He wanted to better understand how it worked but was frustrated that no field of study - from physiology and psychology to physics and chemistry - offered real answers. (New York Times)
India's Infosys says reassessing long-term goals due to tougher market. Infosys Ltd, India's second-biggest software services exporter, is re-evaluating its long-term targets because tougher market conditions have made them appear "daunting", the company's chairman said on Saturday. (Reuters)

ITI Member News

How Jeff Bezos Is Going To Revolutionize Ecommerce In America. Whenever the tech industry talks about unicorns, they tend to leave out the major players that have made indelible impressions on the industry. Granted, a lot of companies like Apple or Facebook don't necessarily fit the definition, but that begs the question: What defines unexpected disruption and success? (Forbes)

Amazon Picked By VCs As Top Company To Lead Future Tech. Today's tech world is seeing a convergence of businesses under one corporate roof as each seeks to position their future around solving challenges in every day life, whether it's driving in traffic jams, communicating over long distances without interference or high costs, buying goods without going to a crowded store, or paying bills without the hassle of paperwork and postage. (Forbes)

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.
Today the Senate will convene at 4:00 p.m. and proceed to executive session to resume consideration of the nomination of Kristine L. Svinicki, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
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