ITI Daily News Roundup

08/29/2014

Key Issues

IP Enforcement

Irish Panel to Pick Privacy Regulator With Global Reach. In the coming weeks, an Irish government committee is set to pick the country’s new data privacy regulator, a relatively obscure position but one with global sway. (New York Times)

White House picks D.C. attorney Danny Marti to be the next “IP czar”. The White House announced Thursday that is nominating a new Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, known colloquially as the "IP czar." He is Washington lawyer Daniel H. Marti. (Washington Post) 

Environment and Sustainability

A New Way to Save Gas: Talking Cars. Letting your car talk wirelessly with the vehicles around it won't just make your drives shorter and safer—connected cars can save millions of gallons of fuel as well. (National Journal) 

China to offer tax breaks on electric cars, limited mostly to local brands. China said on Friday it would offer tax breaks on purchases of electric cars predominantly made by Chinese automakers, in its latest policy measure to boost green vehicles in the world's biggest auto market, amid rising concern over pollution. (Reuters)

Obama pushes green standards for everything but kitchen sink. Spurred by President Obama’s climate action plan, the Department of Energy is pumping out new standards for refrigerators, dishwashers, air conditioners, ceiling fans, furnaces, boilers, water heaters, lamps, and many more appliances. (The Hill)

Data & Privacy

Hillary Clinton talks NSA and privacy, data security, tech jobs in San Francisco. Privacy and security are in a necessary but inevitable tension, reflected former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton while speaking at data storage and software provider Nexenta's OpenSDx Summit on Thursday. (ZDNet)

Vulnerable Senate Dem touts opposition to NSA. Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) is using his opposition to the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs to gain an edge over his Republican challenger. (The Hill) 

Tech Business

Journalism and the internet: Is it the best of times? No — but it’s not the worst of times either. Writer David Sessions argues in a piece at Patrol magazine that journalism is worse because of the effects of the internet — but most of the things that he and others complain about have been a part of the media business for hundreds of years, including clickbait. (Gigaom)

Smartphone outlook remains strong, despite slowing growth in Western markets. The Western smartphone market is slowing, thanks in part to almost everyone owning one nowadays. But the outlook still looks strong, thanks to Android in emerging markets. (ZDNet)

Broadband

How Municipal Broadband Dies. Municipal broadband has become a surprisingly debated topic on the national level, after Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler indicated that he believes that the FCC has the legal “power” to “preempt state laws that ban competition from community broadband.” (TechCrunch) 

Net Neutrality

The FCC’s next CTO is a net neutrality expert. The Federal Communications Commission has announced that it has named a new chief technology officer: Scott Jordan, a professor of computer science at the University of California at Irvine. (Washington Post) 

Cybersecurity

Hacked? Customers are often last to know. Rumors of a data breach at a major New York bank started circulating more than a week ago in cyber-security circles. So for insiders, news that JPMorgan Chase had been victimized was more confirmation than revelation, just the latest headline from a digital crime wave that shows no sign of ebbing. (Washington Post)

J.P. Morgan Working Closely With Law Enforcement on Cyberattack. J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. said Thursday it wasn't seeing "unusual fraud" and it was working closely with law enforcement to determine the scope of a computer-hacking attack. (Wall Street Journal)

Stakeholder: NIST request will yield clearer picture of framework uses. Federal officials should get a much better idea of who is and isn't using the framework of cybersecurity standards from the request for information that the National Institute of Standards and Technology recently issued, according to John DiMaria of the British Standards Institution. (Inside Cybersecurity) 

Workforce

Obama wants immigration action. President Barack Obama still intends to take executive actions on immigration, he said Thursday, at the tail end of a summer in which his administration has been reviewing options for moves he can take on his own. (Politico)

Global Trade

Chinese Shipping Operators Missing Out on Global Trade Rebound. Chinese shipping operators are missing out on the global trade rebound, weighed down by excess shipping capacity and operating inefficiencies. (Wall Street Journal)

Groser Predicts TPP Negotiations Will Not Be Concluded This Year. New Zealand Trade Minister Tim Groser has become the second minister from a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) country to predict that the negotiations will not be concluded this year, even as President Obama has set a November deadline for producing a substantial outcome in the talks. (World Trade Online) 

Public Sector

Google’s Smith Is Top Candidate for U.S. Chief Technology Officer. America is close to getting a new chief technology officer: Megan Smith, a longtime executive at Google Inc. and most recently a vice president at its secret lab, Google X. (Bloomberg Businessweek)

GSA changes plans, will keep service schedules open after all. The General Services Administration has figured out a way not to have to temporarily close down its services schedules to new offerors after all. (Federal News Radio)

Obama: US tech head to recruit ‘best people and ideas’. U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park will be responsible for bringing the best and the brightest tech leaders into the Obama administration in his new job based out of Silicon Valley, the White House said on Thursday. (The Hill)

Innovation

Studying how dogs herd sheep could help robots learn how to herd humans. Robots could someday be used in disaster situations to help people out of burning rooms or collapsed buildings. They could also control huge crowds, which herding dogs already do with ease. (Gigaom)

U.S. startups get OK for smartphone-based heart tracking. For a growing U.S. aging population, tracking heart health via a smartphone can mean the difference between life and death. (Reuters)

ITI Member News

Apple tightens privacy rules for health apps. Apple is tightening up its privacy rules to ensure a new generation of health and fitness apps are not thwarted by growing concerns over how developers use personal data. (Financial Times)

Google tests airborne drones to deliver goods. Google Inc is developing airborne drones capable of flying on their own and delivering everything from candy to medicine, the Internet company said on Thursday. (Reuters)

HP unveils new server strategy, platform designed for 'Compute Era'. The Compute Era -- which the tech world appears to be entering as we speak, according to HP -- boils down to the transformation of traditional server silos into pools of processing resources. (ZDNet)

Questions for IBM’s Watson. Sometimes, figuring out the right question is harder than finding the answer. Just ask Watson. (New York Times)

1600 Penn.

In the morning, President Obama and Vice President Biden will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. In the afternoon, the president will travel to Westchester County, New York to attend two DNC events at private residences. Later in the afternoon, the president will travel to Newport, Rhode Island for a DCCC event at a private residence. Afterward, the president will return to New York and will remain overnight in Westchester County.

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