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06/23/2017

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Trump vows to cut 'job-killing' regulations on tech industry. President Trump on Thursday vowed to cut back on "job-killing" regulations on the tech industry in a meeting with business executives. (The Hill)

Trump Promises Telecom Executives Less Red Tape. President Donald Trump on Thursday told technology and telecom executives the government will tackle federal regulations they consider too restrictive but stopped short of announcing any specific policies aimed at their industries. (Wall Street Journal)

Trump Meets With Tech Executives on Drones, Internet of Things. President Donald Trump met with two dozen executives from technology companies and venture capital firms on Thursday for advice on how the government can promote emerging technologies such as drones and the internet of things. (BNA)

Cybersecurity

A Cyberattack 'the World Isn't Ready For'. There have been times over the last two months when Golan Ben-Oni has felt like a voice in the wilderness. (New York Times)
Bipartisan push to prioritize cyber advice for small businesses. A bipartisan group of legislators, including the chairmen of the House and Senate Small Business committees, introduced legislation Thursday to train staff at small business development centers in cybersecurity strategy. (The Hill)
Public Sector

More money for cyber in 2018 NDAA. The House Armed Services Committee wants to allocate more money for cyber scholarships and the NATO Cooperative Cyber Center of Excellence in the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act. (FCW)

Trump budget includes OMB bump, but cuts IT policy spend. The White House's budget proposal for fiscal year 2018 cuts civilian spending to offset proposed defense increases, but it also includes a slight uptick in funding for the Office of Management and Budget. (FCW)

Trump budget includes OMB bump, but cuts IT policy spend. The White House's budget proposal for fiscal year 2018 cuts civilian spending to offset proposed defense increases, but it also includes a slight uptick in funding for the Office of Management and Budget. (FCW)

The NSA is now sharing a bunch of code on GitHub. The notoriously secretive National Security Agency has decided to dip a careful toe into the open source software world by launching an official GitHub page. (FedScoop)

OPM embarks on $9.4M path to modernize benefits systems. The Office of Personnel Management has kicked off the procurement to modernize its financial management and benefits systems, looking to industry for information on existing commercial solutions it can adopt. (FedScoop)

Broadband/Communications

Charter promised more broadband but didn't deliver, now must pay fine. Charter has agreed to pay $13 million to New York State after failing to complete broadband construction that was required as part of its purchase of Time Warner Cable. Charter can get $12 million of that back if it completes the buildout under a revised schedule. (Ars Technica)
Twitter joins pro-net neutrality 'Day of Action'. Twitter announced Thursdaythat it will join the net neutrality "Day of Action," giving a high-profile boost to the campaign to preserve Obama-era net neutrality rules. (The Hill)
FCC hits robocaller with agency's largest-ever fine of $120 million. The Federal Communications Commission has levied its largest fine ever, targeting a Florida-based robocall network it says was responsible for nearly 100 million calls over the last three months of 2016. (USA Today)

Environment/Energy

How Can Advances in Technology Contribute to Evolving Electrical Grid?. "The grid" is one of those catch-all terms that holds different connotations for different groups. Generally speaking, it refers to the power structure network of users and suppliers,and can be thought of in terms of the power infrastructure at the city, state and national level. (GovTech)

The Race to Solar-Power Africa. The cacao-farming community of Daban, in Ghana, is seven degrees north of the equator, and it's always hot. (New Yorker)
Immigration Trump plans to dismantle Obama-era "Startup Visa". A regulation from the Obama administration that would have allowed foreign-born entrepreneurs who raise investor cash to build their startups in the US won't be allowed to go into effect. (Ars Technica)

Privacy

Google has proposed changes in laws for requesting data. Google says governments should overhaul their laws for carrying out requests for private user data as part of investigations. (Recode)

Internet of Things

Why Toyota thinks blockchain could enable self-driving cars. Toyota's Research Institute (TRI) captured headlines this spring when it announced plans to partner with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other data experts to explore how blockchain technology could speed up self-driving car research. (GreenBiz)

Fragmented but not broken: America's smart cities bind together. Perhaps because they played SimCity-style games in their younger years, many technologists working in government today are excited with the prospect of using "smart city" technology to transform the administrative process from one that is unpredictable, bureaucratic, opaque, slow and clunky into one that responds to the push of a button or the twist of a knob. (StateScoop)

Op-Ed: Self-driving cars are setting the stage for regulatory battle between feds and the states. The autonomous future is coming, provided regulators don't kill it first. Of particular concern on that front is a growing turf battle between the federal government and the states over who will regulate self-driving cars. (The Hill)

Driverless cars speed onto political agenda. Washington is racing to keep up with the rapid development of self-driving cars. (The Hill)

Trade

Cornyn is planning bill to give CFIUS more power to address China's investment threat. One senator wants to back up with action the Trump administration's pledge to crack down on national security issues. (Politico Pro)
Trade Pact Best Way for U.S. to Cut Deficit With India . India has its own wish list for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting with President Donald Trump, and at the top of the heap could be a free trade agreement between the two nations. (BNA)

Workforce/Diversity
House reauthorizes technical job skills training program. The House on Thursday voted to reauthorize the Perkins Act, a law intended to bolster technical education for specialized job skills. (ITI's Dean Garfield Quoted, The Hill)
House advances bill that would update $1B program focused on technical training. The House on Thursday advanced a bipartisan bill designed to modernize the law that dictates how the federal government spends about $1 billion annually on career and technical education programs. (Politico Pro)

Why Uber CEO Resignation Has Women Claiming Victory. The resignation of Uber Technologies Inc. Chief Executive Travis Kalanick was widely viewed by women in the industry as a rare victory for those speaking out about inequality in the workplace. (Wall Street Journal)

Artificial Intelligence

Nonprofits, not Silicon Valley startups, are creating AI apps for the greater good. Predictions for the potential of artificial intelligence wax poetic - solutions from climate change to curing disease - but the everyday applications make it seem far more mundane, like a glorified clock radio. (Recode)

Tech Business

Who might be the next Uber CEO. Following months of controversies, Uber's search for a COO has now grown to a hunt for a new CEO following Travis Kalanick's resignation on Tuesday. Here are some of the names that have been floated as possible candidates, and the list will surely shift as the search continues. (Axios)

Inside Travis Kalanick's Resignation as Uber's C.E.O.. Travis Kalanick's final hours as Uber's chief executive played out in a private room in a downtown Chicago hotel on Tuesday. (New York Times)

Uber woes not a sign Silicon Valley start-ups are broken. It is easy to view the debacle at Uber as a parable about the state of Silicon Valley at the peak of its latest boom. (Financial Times)

Siri storm caused by economist's comments. Nobel prize laureate Sir Christopher Pissarides's comments at a conference in Norway attracted fierce criticism. (BBC News)
Silicon Valley Investors Flexed Their Muscles in Uber Fight. The conventional wisdom in the world of Silicon Valley start-ups has been that the founders call the shots and that the investors are cheerleaders - and sometimes enablers - of the entrepreneurs they backed. (New York Times)

Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet Inc (Google's parent company), is optimistic about the future. "We're entering what I call the age of abundance," he says. "And during the age of abundance, we're going to see a new age ... the age of intelligence. (The Guardian)

Reno Is Starting to Look More Like Silicon Valley. "Are you with Tesla or Panasonic?" the waitress asks with a smile. (Bloomberg)

To get more drones in U.S. skies, the industry is asking Trump for something rare: More regulation. This morning, President Trump invited a number of key players from the drone industry to attend meetings at the White House to discuss looming regulatory questions and assess how the business of drones is poised to grow. (Recode)

ITI Member News

Apple chip dispute proves too great a stretch of Imagination. Karaoke. Botox. Speakerphones. None of these could really be deemed the 20th century's greatest invention. So it is hard to feel sorry for Daisuke Inoue, Dr Jean Carruthers and Walter L Shaw - who each missed out on millions by failing to patent their respective ideas. (Financial Times)
Facebook Sets New Vision for Next Decade, Outlines New Features. Facebook Inc. FB -0.33% Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday took a step toward defining a new vision for the social-media company as it grapples with how to handle its growing power in the world. (Wall Street Journal)

Today on the Hill

Today, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Today, the Senate is not in session.
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