ITI Daily News Roundup

09/22/2014

Key Issues

Privacy

Groups edge in on Klayman NSA surveillance case. Two civil liberties groups are edging in on conservative gadfly Larry Klayman's legal challenge to National Security Agency surveillance. (Politico)

Tech moves to lock out government. Tech companies are increasingly moving to block everyone — even police with a warrant — from accessing people's data. (The Hill)

Data

In San Diego, A Bootcamp For Data Junkies. Natasha Balac runs a two-day boot camp out of the San Diego Supercomputer Center for people from all types of industries to learn the tools and algorithms to help them analyze data and spot patterns in their work. (NPR)

Making Big Data Think Bigger. Big-data management promises a significant shift in the way decisions are made across the economy. Abundant new sources of data from the web, sensors and smartphones, mined for patterns and insights by smart software, will mean that more and more decisions will be based on data and analysis rather than experience and intuition. (New York Times) 

The tricky business of acting on live data before it’s too late. We’re generating more data than ever and analyzing a lot more of it, too. But when it comes to responding quickly to potential public health crises or other situations, we need more data, more analysis and more people paying attention to it all. (Gigaom)

Broadband

Business broadband subsidy for cities streamlined to help take-up. The UK is to overhaul a £100m scheme to provide superfast broadband for businesses in cities following a slow take-up of a key part of the government’s digital policy. (Financial Times)

A fresh start for broadband? 'Unblock Italy' decree set to pave the way for faster connections. Italy's path to broadband nirvana isn't going to be an easy one, but the new government is hoping that tax breaks and less red tape can help speed the process. (ZDNet)

Net Neutrality

How Republicans Might Accidentally Make Net Neutrality Stronger. Net-neutrality rules represent a government takeover of the Internet that stifles growth and smacks of censorship. That's the Republican party line, and they're not budging from it. But that vehement opposition could actually drive the Federal Communications Commission to enact tougher net-neutrality rules. (National Journal)

Global Trade

Business groups hope new envoy will reset US-India ties. Business groups want the next U.S. ambassador to India to take the lead in repairing the economic relationship between the two nations, fractured in recent years by a slew of trade disputes. (The Hill)

Reid Makes No Mention Of Trade Bills In Outlining Senate Lame Duck Agenda. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) this week made no mention of a bill to renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) or any other trade legislation in outlining his agenda for the lame-duck session of Congress, saying the Senate would focus on passing legislation related to appropriations, marketplace fairness, tax extenders and defense authorization, as well as approving pending nominations. (World Trade Online) 

Why Expanded Trade Will Support an Economic Recovery. Superior technology is one of America’s greatest competitive advantages. To compete in the global marketplace, our manufacturers must be able to effectively supply the world with their products. (Roll Call Commentary, Gary Shapiro)

Tax

The Move-to-Ireland Tax Reform. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development last week released its latest proposals to combat "base erosion and profit shifting," or the monster known as BEPS. (Wall Street Journal)

Cybersecurity

Boeing to open security analytics center in Singapore. Boeing plans to open a cybersecurity analytics facility in Singapore, its first outside the United States, as part of efforts to make such capabilities and services accessible to customers in the Asia-Pacific region.  (ZDNet)

Senate strengthens DHS authority on cyber workforce in late vote. The Senate has approved language enhancing the Department of Homeland Security's ability to recruit and retain cybersecurity professionals, clearing one piece of the cyber package produced this year by the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. (Inside Cybersecurity)

Top-level turnover makes it harder for DHS to stay on top of evolving threats. An exodus of top-level officials from the Department of Homeland Security is undercutting the agency’s ability to stay ahead of a range of emerging threats, including potential terrorist strikes and cyberattacks, according to interviews with current and former officials. (Washington Post)

Workforce

Green resigns at Zuckerberg's FWD.us. FWD.us President Joe Green has resigned as head of the tech-backed immigration reform group, according to a blog post from the organization. (Politico)

Groupon's diversity report: U.S. staff is 71% white. Groupon is headquartered in Chicago where a third of the population is black and nearly a third is Hispanic. (USA Today) 

IP Enforcement

Courts Nix More Software Patents. It's open season on software patents. That's the message federal courts have sent in recent weeks after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June that tackled the question of whether—and when—computer programs can qualify for intellectual-property protection. (Wall Street Journal) 

Environment and Sustainability

Business Groups Argue Against New Appellate Review In Conflict Minerals Case. Three major U.S. business associations are fighting back against attempts by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to have a federal appeals court review an April 14 ruling that overturned a key part of an SEC rule requiring publicly listed companies to disclose whether their supply chains use "conflict minerals" from Africa. (World Trade Online)

De Blasio Orders a Greener City, Setting Goals for Energy Efficiency of Buildings. In a sweeping effort to reduce its environmental impact, New York City is planning to overhaul the energy-efficiency standards of all its public buildings and to pressure private landlords to make similar improvements. (New York Times)

Jerry Brown Seeks More Electric Cars in California. Gov. Jerry Brown of California has signed several bills to help build the market for electric cars in his state, two days ahead of speaking alongside world leaders at the United Nations this week for a summit meeting on climate change. (New York Times) 

Rowdy greens take charge. Tens of thousands of environmental activists are flooding New York City’s streets this weekend in a coming-out party for a new breed of environmentalism – one that’s louder and rowdier than the old-school greens who dominated the movement when Barack Obama entered the White House. (Politico)

Public Sector

Better Buying Power 3.0: How the Pentagon hopes to save its technological advantage. Frank Kendall, the Defense Department's top acquisition official, continued his odyssey to improve how the Pentagon spends tens of billions of dollars annually on weapons and IT by releasing a draft of "Better Buying Power 3.0" on Sept. 19. (Federal Computer Week)

VanRoekel's legacy as CIO highlighted by digital services, PortfolioStat. Steve VanRoekel's decision to move out of the federal chief information officer's role and to a more operational role at the U.S. Agency for International Development last week caught most by surprise. (Federal News Radio)

Tech Business

Alibaba boosts IPO size to world record $25bn. Alibaba has secured its place as the world’s largest-ever stock market flotation, after bankers running the deal for the Chinese ecommerce company exercised an option to sell extra shares. (Financial Times)

Start-up fund Mosaic glimpses promised land. Moses was a “proto-venture capitalist”, according to the founders of Mosaic Ventures – a new $140m start-up fund set to launch in London on Monday, in the latest sign of growing investor appetite for Europe’s emergent tech sector. (Financial Times)

ITI Member News

BlackBerry's Makeover Is Taking Shape. BlackBerry Ltd. Chief Executive John Chen last month made a surprising promise: in an internal memo, he told employees that years of layoffs and shrinking had come to an end, and that the company would be scouting for acquisitions. (Wall Street Journal)

China Clamps Down on Web, Pinching Companies Like Google. As part of a broad campaign to tighten internal security, the Chinese government has draped a darker shroud over Internet communications in recent weeks, a situation that has made it more difficult for Google and its customers to do business. (New York Times) 

EMC Weighs Merger, Other Options. Data-storage giant EMC Corp., under pressure from a shareholder activist and faced with the expected retirement of its longtime chief executive, is considering options that could include a merger deal with a rival, according to people familiar with the matter. (Wall Street Journal)

HTC Returns to Tablets with Google Nexus Partnership. After disappointing sales of the Flyer tablet in 2011, HTC’s executives said they’d swear off making tablets until they found a compelling reason to try again. They have one now. (Wall Street Journal)

Microsoft’s Bing Predicts correctly forecasted the Scottish Independence Referendum vote. Bing accurately predicted which way the Scottish independence referendum would go six weeks before the vote occurred. (ZDNet)

Once Again, Oracle Must Reinvent Itself. Through 37 years, Oracle Corp. Chief Executive Larry Ellison was a master of corporate reinvention as his company navigated constant technological change. (Wall Street Journal)

PayPal steps up Startup Blueprint program in APAC. eBay payments subsidiaries PayPal and Braintree have launched their Startup Blueprint program in eight new markets in the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia, Singapore, Japan, and Hong Kong. (ZDNet)

Yahoo acquires Indian startup Bookpad: report. Yahoo has acquired Bookpad, a year-old company based in India which specializes in providing cloud-based document hosting and editing capabilities for developers. (ZDNet)

1600 Penn.

In the afternoon, President Obama will sign the America's Promise Summit Declaration as the seventh consecutive president to sign and call on Americans to help the youth of America reach their full potential. America's Promise Alliance Founding Chairman Gen. Colin L. Powell and Board Chair Alma Powell will be in attendance. Later, the president and vice president will meet with Secretary of the Treasury Lew in the Oval Office. 

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