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Tech News Roundup - 02/28/2018

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House passes anti-sex trafficking bill in defeat for tech industry. Websites could be held liable for enabling sex traffickers under a bill passed by the House on Tuesday, a major setback for Silicon Valley firms that opposed legislation they believe could threaten a wide array of internet companies which allow users to post their own content. (Politico Pro)
Why Democrats need to keep worrying about Trump and Facebook. Hillary Clinton's latest complaint about Facebook's role in the 2016 election sends one big message: The way social media is transforming American political campaigns offers a huge advantage to candidates like President Donald Trump. (Politico Pro)
What does the House retirement wave mean for tech?. A wave of House retirements is thinning the tech and cybersecurity policy leadership ranks of powerful committee chairman in Congress. (ITAPS Trey Hodgkins Quoted, FCW)

Obama wants a "significant conversation" about Big Social. Former president Barack Obama said last week at a sports analytics conference at MIT that companies like Google and Facebook, as well as Twitter and other platforms, have to have a conversation about their business model and "recognize that they are a public good as well as a commercial enterprise." (Axios)

Global Trade

U.S. trade officials meet auto executives amid latest NAFTA push. U.S. trade officials were meeting auto industry executives in Washington on Tuesday, three sources said, as NAFTA trade talks try to make progress on a major sticking point around vehicle production. (Reuters)


Trump's Public Works Plan May Not Advance This Year, John Cornyn Says. The Senate's No. 2 Republican cast doubt on whether Congress will be able to enact President Donald Trump's plan to upgrade U.S. public works this year, raising questions about whether a top administration priority will be done before the November elections. (Bloomberg)

No Bail Hearings for Detained Immigrants, Supreme Court Rules. The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that people held in immigration detention, sometimes for years, are not entitled to periodic hearings to decide whether they may be released on bail. (New York Times)
Artificial Intelligence
Google's Clips camera is latest effort to bring AI into home gadgets. Babies, dogs and artificial intelligence. Alphabet Inc's Google is betting this combination proves irresistible with the Tuesday launch of Google Clips, a pocket-sized digital camera that decides on its own whether an image is interesting enough to shoot. (Reuters)

Public Sector

White House issues guidance to agencies on IT modernization. The White House on Tuesday issued formal guidance to federal agencies on implementing part of its push to modernize information technology across the federal government. (The Hill)
Pentagon's $1 Billion Cloud Deal May Signal New Era in Government Buying. Congress wants the Defense Department to buy technology faster. Now it's beginning to do just that. (Next Gov)
Three years after data breach, OPM still struggling to modernize IT. Nearly three years later and tens of millions of dollars spent, OPM's efforts to bring its software and hardware into the modern era continue to struggle. (Federal News Radio)

Cybersecurity scorecard 2.0 tech is here, DoD just needs to harness it. Last spring, then-Defense Department Chief Information Officer John Zangardi said automation would be the key to the next iteration of the cybersecurity scorecard. (Federal News Radio)
Cyber chief says Trump has given him no new authority to strike at Russian interference threat. The head of U.S. Cyber Command warned lawmakers that penalties and other measures have not "changed the calculus or the behavior" of Russia as it seeks to interfere with this year's midterm elections. (Washington Post)

U.S. Supreme Court wrestles with Microsoft data privacy fight. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday wrestled with Microsoft Corp's dispute with the U.S. Justice Department over whether prosecutors can force technology companies to hand over data stored overseas, with some signaling support for the government and others urging Congress to pass a law to resolve the issue. (Reuters)
3 bad signs for the tech industry at the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court does not seem convinced that storing emails on an overseas server should put them outside the relatively easy reach of American law enforcement. (Axios)
Supreme Court Could Limit Law Enforcement's Reach in the Cloud. The high court will have to decide whether a 1980s law allows warrants for emails U.S. companies store abroad. (ITI Mention, Next Gov)

T-Mobile signs 5G network deals with Nokia and Ericsson. U.S. wireless carrier T-Mobile said on Tuesday it would start building next-generation 5G networks around the United States with the help of Nordic equipment vendors Ericsson and Nokia. (Reuters)
FCC's new broadband map breaks down service options, block by block. The most recent broadband availability data published by the federal agency is now accessible through an interactive, searchable map. (State Scoop)
Senate Democrats push for support to reinstate net neutrality. U.S. Senate Democrats launched efforts on Tuesday to win a vote to reinstate Obama-era rules guaranteeing an open internet, suggesting it would be a major issue in the 2018 mid-term elections. (Reuters)

In a blow to AT&T, federal judges have rejected 'the loophole that could've swallowed the Internet'. A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of the Federal Trade Commission in a closely watched case that threatened to undercut the consumer watchdog's ability to pursue certain misbehaving companies throughout the U.S. economy. (Washington Post)
Internet of Things

Ford Targets Miami to Test Driverless Food Delivery. The auto maker has picked Miami-Dade County to test the concept of driverless Domino's and Postmates deliveries. (Wall Street Journal)
Hyundai's self-driving car masters the oh-so-human roundabout. Of the many vehicles that drove the 120 miles from Seoul to Pyeongchang for the Winter Olympics, one Hyundai stood out. (Wired)

Flying Taxis May Be Years Away, but the Groundwork Is Accelerating. Flying cars are just starting to inch their way out of science fiction. But that is not stopping some companies from planning for flying taxi services. (New York Times)

Why Build Kenya's First Coal Plant? Hint: Think China. Across a narrow channel from this historic port town, where baobabs tower over the forest and tiny crabs skitter in and out of the mangroves, Kenya could soon get its first coal-fired power plant, courtesy of China. (New York Times)
Tech Business

Amazon is making its second-biggest acquisition ever - the doorbell company Ring. The deal gives Amazon another tool as it begins to deliver packages inside homes. (Recode)
'You Can't Be Afraid of the Tech' According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer and information technology jobs are expected to grow 13 percent in the coming decade, faster than the average for all occupations. (New York Times)

Exclusive: Public wants Big Tech regulated. A majority of Americans are now concerned that the government won't do enough to regulate how U.S. technology companies operate, according to an Axios-SurveyMonkey poll. (Axios)

ITI Member News

Exclusive: Secretive U.S. security panel discussing Broadcom's Qualcomm bid - sources. A national security panel that can stop mergers that could harm U.S. security has begun looking at Singapore-based chipmaker Broadcom Ltd's plan to take over rival Qualcomm Inc, according to three sources familiar with the matter. (Reuters)
The Next Big Threat to Consumer Brands (Yes, Amazon's Behind It). Makers of biggest household staples have little control over where Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa sends consumers. (Wall Street Journal)
Scoop: Newspapers launch PAC to take on Google, Facebook. The News Media Alliance (NMA), a newspaper trade group that represents over 2,000 newspapers in the U.S., is launching a political action committee (PAC) to ask Congress for an antitrust safe harbor against Google and Facebook. (Axios)
In Japan, Twitter sees a surge of users - and revenue. Riding a wave of new users, improved advertising options and an embrace of video content by users and advertisers alike, Twitter Inc's revenue has leaped in Japan, helping lead the company to its first quarterly profit. (Reuters)

Today on the Hill

The House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 11:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes are expected at 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.; last votes are expected at 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
The Senate will meet at 12:45 p.m. and proceed to executive session to resume consideration of the nomination of Russell Vought, of Virginia, to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
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