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Tech News Roundup - 02/20/2018

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Indictments part of U.S. cyber deterrence strategy. Russia is unlikely to extradite the 13 Russians indicted by Mueller for meddling in the 2016 election. Still, the U.S. has plenty of reasons for moving forward. (Axios)
Russian troll farm indictment could boost social media legislation. The Justice Department's indictment of 13 Russian nationals for using social media accounts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election may give new life to a pending bill to bolster disclosure requirements around social media. (Federal Computer Week)

To Stir Discord in 2016, Russians Turned Most Often to Facebook. In 2014, Russians working for a shadowy firm called the Internet Research Agency started gathering American followers in online groups focused on issues like religion and immigration. (New York Times)

Facebook Battles New Criticism After U.S. Indictment Against Russians. Comments by Facebook's head of advertising after indictment spark further backlash. (Wall Street Journal)

For Tech Giants, Halting Russian Meddling in U.S. Politics Won't Be Easy. Despite thousands of employees and billions in revenue, Facebook, Alphabet and Twitter were unable to fend off a small group of provocateurs. (Wall Street Journal)

Lawmakers worry about rise of fake video technology. Lawmakers are concerned that advances in video manipulation technology could set off a new era of fake news. (The Hill)

Facebook plans to use U.S. mail to verify IDs of election ad buyers. Facebook Inc will start using postcards sent by U.S. mail later this year to verify the identities and location of people who want to purchase U.S. election-related advertising on its site, a senior company executive said on Saturday. (Reuters)

How Russia turned the internet against America. The indictment released Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller makes plain how prosecutors believe Russia pursued its multiyear scheme to undermine the 2016 presidential election - by wielding the social media-driven internet that the United States itself did so much to create. (Politico Pro)

Global Trade

Indian tariff hikes draw the attention of the Trump administration, industry. India's latest round of tariff hikes has drawn the attention of the Trump administration as well as affected industries in the U.S., which sources said could prompt trade policy responses ranging from investigations to negotiations on a bilateral agreement. (ITI Josh Kallmer Quoted, Inside Trade)
U.S. Weighs Tariffs, Quotas on Metals Imports. Trump administration is considering options to protect U.S. steel and aluminum industries, playing down warnings from economists and allies about the risks of higher prices and trade wars. (Wall Street Journal)
Tech industry warns ministers not to drop EU data security laws. The British tech industry has issued a stark warning to leading Brexiteer ministers that diverging from EU data protection standards after Brexit will "undermine" the UK's status as Europe's leading tech hub. (ITI Mentioned, The Telegraph)'s Brexiteers warned not to push for divergence on data protection laws. British government ministers have been told not to peddle the idea that trade agreements are incompatible with continued compliance with European data protection laws. (ITI Mentioned, The Register)
The Latest Sign of Building Inflation Pressure? January's Rise in Import Prices. Report shows increase driven by broader base of goods, such as vehicles, food and industrial supplies. (Wall Street Journal)
Why Economists Are Worried About International Trade. When President Trump imposed tariffs on imported solar panels and washing machines, I was reminded of a line from George Orwell: "We have now sunk to a depth at which the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men." (New York Times, Column)


Tech groups blast Senate on immigration. Tech groups blasted the Senate's failure to reach a consensus on the future of undocumented immigrants protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program. (ITI Andy Halataei Quoted, Politico)
What Can the U.S. Learn From How Other Countries Handle Immigration?. When you examine immigration policies around the world, the U.S. focus on family stands out. (New York Times)

Artificial Intelligence

Why A.I. Researchers at Google Got Desks Next to the Boss. If you want to understand the priorities of a technology company, first look at the seating chart. (New York Times)
In our eyes, Google's software sees heart attack risk. By looking at the human eye, Google's algorithms were able to predict whether someone had high blood pressure or was at risk of a heart attack or stroke, Google researchers said Monday, opening a new opportunity for artificial intelligence in the vast and lucrative global health industry. (Washington Post)


Judge Is Asked to Disallow Trump Bias Claims in AT&T's Merger Defense. Justice Department opposes president's criticisms of CNN being used in trial of Time Warner deal. (Wall Street Journal)


Trump infrastructure rush risks cybersecurity disaster. President Trump's infrastructure plan encourages states to "incorporate new and evolving technologies" into their proposals, but does not require any form of cybersecurity for those technologies. (Axios)
Malicious cyber activity cost U.S. up to $109 billion in 2016: White House report. Malicious cyber activity cost the U.S. economy between $57 billion and $109 billion in 2016, the White House Council of Economic Advisers estimated in a report on Friday. (Reuters)
U.N. chief urges global rules for cyber warfare. U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres called on Monday for global rules to minimize the impact of electronic warfare on civilians as massive cyber attacks look likely to become the first salvoes in future wars. (Reuters)
DOE plans cyber office, supercomputing expansion. Although the president's 2019 budget proposal for the Department of Energy looks to cut funding for the agency's renewable energy research, it would re-inforce cyber protections for energy infrastructure and substantially boost exascale and quantum computing programs. (Federal Computer Week)
Exposed Amazon cloud storage clients get tip-off alerts. Security researchers have posted "friendly warnings" to users of Amazon's cloud data storage service whose private content has been made public, the BBC has learned. (BBC News)

Public Sector

Grace Koh departs White House tech, telecoms and cyber role. Grace Koh, the White House special assistant to the president for technology, telecom and cybersecurity policy, is leaving her post. (FedScoop)

Trump tech adviser Reed Cordish out after a year. Reed Cordish, a member of the Office of American Innovation, will be leaving White House after just a year. (FedScoop)

Facebook loses Belgian privacy case, faces fine of up to $125 million. A Belgian court threatened Facebook on Friday with a fine of up to 100 million euros ($125 million) if it continued to break privacy laws by tracking people on third-party websites. (Reuters)

Internet of Things

NIST lays out roadmap for Internet of Things security. As lawmakers seek a "seal of approval" for the Internet of Things, the National Institute of Standards and Technology recently gave federal agencies and private industry a better roadmap to future IoT cybersecurity concerns. (Federal News Radio)

The Robots Are Coming for Garment Workers. That's Good for the U.S., Bad for Poor Countries. Automation is reaching into trades that once seemed immune, transforming sweatshops in places like Bangladesh and bringing production back to America. (Wall Street Journal)
Google Legally Fired Diversity Memo Author, Labor Agency Says. Google did not break the law when it fired an engineer who wrote a memo critical of the company's diversity efforts, a lawyer for a federal labor agency said. (New York Times)
A year after Uber memo, sexual harassment far from fixed. In the year since Susan Fowler's viral blog post about her experiences working at Uber, executives have lost jobs, dozens of women have spoken out about sexual harassment in the workplace, and the #MeToo movement's revival in October has spread throughout business, politics and Hollywood. (Axios)

Tech Business

The Big Shift Driving Tech Profits. Big tech companies learning to look past the initial sale as subscriptions build an important base of recurring revenue. (Wall Street Journal)
Here's How the Premier League Could Still Lure Amazon to Soccer. The Premier League is waiting for a late delivery from Inc. (Bloomberg)

ITI Member News

Apple's move to share health care records is a game-changer. In late January, Apple previewed an iOS feature that would allow consumers to access their electronic health records on their phones. (Wired)
Proxy advisory firm ISS says Qualcomm should negotiate sale to Broadcom. U.S. semiconductor company Qualcomm Inc should try to negotiate a sale to Broadcom Ltd following the latter's sweetened $121 billion offer, proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services Inc (ISS) said. (Reuters)
Facebook's next project: American inequality. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is quietly cracking open his company's vast trove of user data for a study on economic inequality in the U.S. - the latest sign of his efforts to reckon with divisions in American society that the social network is accused of making worse. (Politico Pro)
Samsung unveils world's largest SSD with whopping 30TB of storage. Samsung has unveiled the world's largest solid state drive - an unassuming-looking bit of kit that boasts a whopping 30.72 terabytes of storage. (Verge)

Today on the Hill

At 5:00 p.m. the Senate will convene for a pro forma session.
The House is out of session today.
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