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07/28/2015

Key Issues

Privacy

EU Privacy Watchdog Backs Strict Fines for Firms Abusing Data. Europe’s data-protection watchdog is advising European Union lawmakers to slap strict fines on businesses violating new data-privacy rules that will tighten guidelines on how companies — including U.S. firms operating in Europe — manage their customers’ data. (WSJ)

NSA to Purge Database of Phone Records Collected Under Mass Surveillance. The National Security Agency will purge all phone data collected during the operation of its expiring bulk surveillance program by the start of next year pending ongoing litigation, the government announced Monday. (National Journal)

Cybersecurity

DHS workshop marks key phase of Obama’s cyber information-sharing push. The Department of Homeland Security will convene a workshop in Silicon Valley this week to make headway on implementing President Obama’s executive order on improving the exchange of cyber threat data between government and industry, an effort that faces significant obstacles but has captured the interest of key private-sector stakeholders. (Inside Cybersecurity)

Jeep hacker: No need to panic about connected cars — yet. One of the security researchers who captured headlines by seizing control of a Jeep Cherokee says drivers don’t need to panic just yet — it will be a while before cars on the highways are truly vulnerable to malicious hackers. (Politico Pro)

Senate is Likely to Consider Cybersecurity Legislation Before August Recess. Once it completes its work on surface transportation reauthorization legislation, the Senate has indicated that it plans to consider theCybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA/S. 754) on the Senate floor before it leaves for recess, which is scheduled to begin on August 7. ITI is mentioned. (National Law Review)

U.S. cyber policy struggles to keep up with events. Senior U.S. intelligence officials acknowledge the country lacks deterrence in cyberspace and it's time to get tougher. (FedScoop)

Workforce

Dear Investors, Fund More Underrepresented Founders In Tech. If the future of the tech industry is to be a culture of inclusion and diversity, then women founders and founders of color need funding. Although Google, Twitter, Pandora, Facebook and other tech companies released their diversity data last year, there is less data on the demographics of who investors are funding. This needs to change. (TechCrunch)

Global Trade

Senate hitches Ex-Im renewal to long-term highway bill. The Senate voted 64-29 on Monday night to tack a renewal of the Export-Import Bank to a long-term highway funding bill, but the expired agency’s future is still far from guaranteed. (Politico Pro)

Taiwan Caves, Says It Will Accept ITA Deal Without Flat-Panel Displays. Taiwan on Monday (July 27) said it will accept the tentative deal expanding the product scope of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA), dropping its demands to have flat-panel displays included in the deal. (World Trade Online)

Environment and Sustainability

Green groups come out against Senate energy reform bill. Eleven major environment and conservation groups came out against a Senate energy policy overhaul bill on Monday. (The Hill)

Hillary Clinton Lays Out Climate Change Plan. Setting ambitious goals for producing energy from the sun, wind and other renewable sources, Hillary Rodham Clinton seized on an issue Monday that increasingly resonates with Democratic voters and sets up a stark contrast with the Republican presidential field. (NY Times)

A Laptop-Sized Solar Panel Is Lighting Rural Africa. Erasmus Wambua no longer has an excuse for not doing his homework. (Bloomberg)

Managing risk in the emerging ocean economy: A view to 2030. The maritime industry landscape is poised to undergo a profound transition. Long considered the traditional domain of shipping, fishing and — since the 1960s — offshore oil and gas, new activities are emerging that are reshaping and diversifying maritime industries. (GreenBiz)

Public Sector

ACT-IAC teams with OMB on FITARA success framework. A group of current and former CIOs will help OMB evaluate agencies' self-assessments and, eventually, the impact and success of the law. (FedScoop)

E-notary program comes to Delaware. Delaware is trying to bring notary services to the cloud. (StateScoop)

Treasury takes to Twitter to tout 10. As soon as the Treasury Department announced it was planning to put a woman on the $10 bill, the Twittersphere was abuzz with possibilities. And in the spirit of democracy -- the theme for the new generation of currency -- Treasury is seeking input from we the people through a variety of venues, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. (FCW)

Innovation

IoT to generate massive data, help grow biz revenue. Internet of Things (IoT) will churn more than 20 trillion gigabytes of data by 2025, fueled by increasing broadband speeds, and is expected to generate new revenue for businesses. (ZDNet)

Meet Some Of The Lagos Luminaries Shaping Nigeria’s Tech Scene. President Barack Obama may be the most famous citizen of the United States traveling around Africa this week, but he’s not the only one. (TechCrunch)

Musk, Hawking Warn of Artificial Intelligence Weapons. The risk of robot wars popularized in science fiction series like “The Terminator” may be closer than we think, and a group of technology and artificial intelligence leaders is trying to stop it. (WSJ)

ITI Member News

Google Rolls Out New Consent Policy in European Union. Google Inc. said its AdSense advertising service for websites will require online publishers that get visitors from the European Union to specifically ask for consent to use their data, amid heavy regulatory scrutiny in the region. (Bloomberg)

Microsoft’s Free Windows Squeezes New PC Sales. New versions of Windows have usually sparked sales of personal computers, but it isn’t clear whether Microsoft Corp.’s release of Windows 10 on Wednesday can reverse a four-year slide in PC sales. (WSJ)

Nike, Apple Agree to Settle Nike+ FuelBand Class-Action Suit. Nike Inc. and Apple Inc. have agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by consumers regarding the efficacy of the Nike+ FuelBand, and will offer partial refunds to people who bought the fitness-tracking device. (WSJ)

Samsung Earnings: What to Watch. Samsung Electronics Co.005930.SE 0.00% is scheduled to report results for the second quarter ended June before the market opens on Thursday. Here’s what you need to know. (WSJ)

Toshiba interim CEO Muromachi to stay on in role: media. Toshiba Corp has decided to propose interim President Masashi Muromachi as a more permanent chief executive officer beyond September after a slew of executives resigned over their roles in the country's biggest accounting scandal in years, Japanese media said on Tuesday. (Reuters)

Twitter’s got some growing up to do. Headed into its earnings report Tuesday, Twitter is facing a lot of challenges. It's searching for a new chief executive and navigating tricky questions of free speech and censorship. It's also still looking for a reliable way to turn the gushing pipe of content its users generate every minute of every day into cash. (Washington Post)

1600 Penn.

In the morning, President Obama will take part in a meeting with Ethiopian civil society activists. Afterward, the president will tour Faffa Foods. Later, the president will participate in a bilateral meeting with African Union Commission Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. Afterward, the president will deliver remarks at the African Union. In the afternoon, the president will travel to Ramstein, Germany, where Air Force One will refuel on the way back to Washington, D.C.

Today on the Hill

The House will meet at 10 a.m. for morning hour and 12 p.m. for legislative business. First votes: 1:15-2:15 p.m. Last votes: 4:45-5:45 p.m.

The Senate will convene at 11 a.m. and resume consideration of H.R.22, the legislative vehicle for the Highway bill. Procedural votes are possible.