RSS LinkedIn google plus


Tech News Roundup

Subscribe to a free daily email with the day's most relevant stories on tech policy and tech industry.

Your E-mail

07/01/2015

Key Issues

Tech Business

After wifi at the Taj, Modi revives campaign for 'digital' India. India is reinvigorating an $18 billion campaign to provide fast internet connections for all, with a "digital week" aimed at popularizing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's campaign promise to connect 250,000 villages in India by 2019. (Reuters)

Global Trade

Leaked: What's in Obama's trade deal. A recent draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade deal would give U.S. pharmaceutical firms unprecedented protections against competition from cheaper generic drugs, possibly transcending the patent protections in U.S. law. (Politico)

Environment and Sustainability

China climate change plan unveiled. China - the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases - has announced details of its climate action plan. (BBC)

Corporate speed dating: Finding financiers for India's smart cities. Building off nearly 10 months of extensive public and private sector consultation, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi began in April to green-light initial projects under the country’s Smart Cities Initiative (SCI). (GreenBiz)

U.S. and Brazil Agree on Climate Change Actions. President Obama and President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil announced a series of agreements on Tuesday to address climate change, as Mr. Obama continued to push other countries to enact policies to cut planet-warming emissions before negotiations in December to complete a global climate change accord. (NY Times)

U.S., Brazil warm up on the trade front. President Barack Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff showed their determination Tuesday to get past a spying scandal that has strained relations over the past two years, announcing the first steps of big new plans to increase trade between the Western Hemisphere’s two largest economies. (Politico Pro)

U.S. Touts Role In Bringing China and Paris To Table On Climate Talks. The White House is making a major diplomatic push to make sure this year's climate change talks in Paris are a success, and it scored two major victories Tuesday. (National Journal)

Broadband

FBI investigating 11 attacks on San Francisco-area Internet lines. The FBI is investigating at least 11 physical attacks on high-capacity Internet cables in California's San Francisco Bay Area dating back a year, including one early Tuesday morning. (USA Today)

How Fast Internet Affects Home Prices. In May, Kara Burke and Tom Cairns thought they had found their ideal house: a nicely-updated older three-bedroom home in Worthington, Mass. (WSJ)

Privacy

NSA can resume bulk collection of Americans' phone records, says court. The secretive Washington, DC-based court determined that the Freedom Act, passed earlier this month, would allow the data collection to begin once more. (ZDNet)

Cybersecurity

APAC nations slow to establish cybersecurity strategies. China and Korea are hindered by local testing requirements, while Indonesia has no national cybersecurity strategy in place, reveals BSA study. (ZDNet)

China adopts new security law to make networks, systems 'controllable'. China's legislature adopted a sweeping national security law on Wednesday that covers everything from territorial sovereignty to measures to tighten cyber security, a move likely to rile foreign businesses. (Reuters)

Government, retail get low cybersecurity marks in survey. A new Unisys Security Insights survey reveals that U.S. consumers trust the government and retail sector the least when it comes to personal data security. (FedScoop)

Tech Talk: Tel Aviv hosts international cybersecurity conference. Well-known cyber experts, policy makers, researchers, security officials and diplomats, including US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, met at Tel Aviv University last week. (J Post)

Top Abe Cybersecurity Adviser Says Japan Could Be Global Leader in Field. The Japanese government, working in tandem with the World Economic Forum, will host a two-day multinational dialogue on cybersecurity in November. William H. Saito, who is organizing the event in Okinawa, explained in an interview why the issue isn’t just for IT people and how Japan has a chance to become a global leader in the field. (WSJ)

US, Brazil to restart long dormant Internet working group. The U.S. and Brazil have pledged to restart a long-dormant Internet policy working group in the fall. (The Hill)

US veterans agency cuts cyber attacks. The US Department of Veterans Affairs is fending off an increasing number of attempted cyber attacks by publicly sounding the alarm and admitting that its defences risked being overwhelmed. (FT)

White House science office spurs effort to create cyber certification lab. The White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy is coordinating a potential study on establishing an independent laboratory that could ensure the ever-growing amount of software in the marketplace meets rigorous cybersecurity standards, according to government and industry sources. (Inside Cybersecurity)

Workforce

Andreessens give $250,000 to LGBT groups. Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen and philanthropist Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen are championing two organizations working to raise the visibility of sexual orientation and gender identity in the technology world. (USA Today)

Public Sector

CIO Scott seeks new framework for government cloud. The devastating hacks of the legacy systems at the Office of Personnel Management are a reminder that government needs to move off of antiquated IT and into modern systems built with integrated security. (FCW)

DHS' Margie Graves on big data, budget cuts and innovation. Deputy CIO Margie Graves talked to FedScoop about how the Department of Homeland Security plans to do more with less. (FedScoop)

Government experts ready to take next steps with open data. Government data experts want to move to the next level of open data: figuring out how this new info can help solve real-world problems. (FedScoop)

Health care alpha geeks, makers and the new HHS CTO. New HHS CTO Susannah Fox wants to match the ideas of health care "alpha geeks" with the maker movement to hack health care innovation. (FedScoop)

OMB to ‘tame’ past performance data to improve grants process. The government keeps fairly meticulous records on the past performance of contractors so that agencies can decide whether those firms should be trusted with future work. That’s not exactly the case with respect to the $600 billion in grant funding which leaves federal coffers each year, and the Office of Management and Budget would like to change that. (Federal News Radio)

Innovation

Creating a Tech Hub in Gaza. When Iliana Montauk moved to the Gaza Strip in 2013, what most struck the former Google staffer and Harvard graduate wasn't the poverty, the rubble from decades of conflict, or the lack of reliable electricity. It was the drive and focus of the citizens. (Bloomberg)

Flood Maps Can Get Much Sharper With A Little Supercomputing Oomph. A small company in California is hoping to make a big splash by providing detailed flood maps to homeowners and insurance companies. And to do that, the company is using one of the fastest supercomputers in the world. (NPR)

This could be the first airplane on Mars. Take a peek at the possible future of flight on Mars with the Prandtl-m, a prototype aircraft scheduled for testing on Earth. (CNET)

Mobility

Placing a phone call in Europe is about to become a lot more like calling within the United States. Europe is about to become much more like the United States, at least in the way its citizens pay for phone calls and access the Internet. (Washington Post)

ITI Member News

Apple Loses Federal Appeal in E-Books Case. A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a 2013 decision finding Apple Inc. liable for conspiring with publishers to raise the price of e-books. (WSJ)

Facebook Sweetens Terms for Buyers of Video Ads. Facebook is giving advertisers the option to pay for video ads only if users view them for at least 10 seconds, as the social media company faces pressure over how it charges for ads. Facebook on Tuesday began offering the new ad-buying feature to bigger advertisers. (NY Times)

Scorpion-Style Toshiba Robot to Enter Fukushima Nuclear Reactor. Toshiba and the International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning unveiled a new scorpion-shaped robot that will be sent inside a containment vessel at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in August. (WSJ)

1600 Penn.

In the morning, President Obama and the Vice President Biden will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. Later in the morning, the president will deliver a statement on Cuba. Afterward, the president will travel to Nashville, Tennessee to discuss moving forward and building on the progress made under the Affordable Care Act. Afterward, the president will return to Washington, D.C.