Startups prepare for fight over net neutrality | Trend Micro: Hacking group directs attack at Macron campaign | FCC relaxes limits on concentration of media ownership
April 27, 2017
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Startups prepare for fight over net neutrality
Small internet companies and startups are at work in Washington presenting their case against Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai's plan to roll back net neutrality rules. Venture capitalists and tech firms from Boston met last week with Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., to talk about defending net neutrality.
ABC News/The Associated Press (4/26),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (4/26),  The Hill (4/25) 
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Trend Micro: Hacking group directs attack at Macron campaign
Trend Micro: Hacking group directs attack at Macron campaign
Macron (Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)
Hacking group Pawn Storm, which is linked to Russia, has been directing a cyberattack at the campaign of Emmanuel Macron, a Trend Micro report states. There have been 160 attempts to penetrate the campaign, including the creation of a bogus website designed to steal the passwords of Macron staffers, the Trend Micro report states, confirming the candidate's digital director's earlier suggestions of an attack.
U.S. News & World Report/The Associated Press (4/24),  CNET (4/24),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (4/24) 
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FCC relaxes limits on concentration of media ownership
The Federal Communications Commission adopted on a 2-1 vote a rule that opens the door to companies buying more broadcasting stations in some markets throughout the US. The regulator put back on the books the ultra-high-frequency discount, which reduces the extent to which some stations are counted when calculating the limit on the number of households major media companies can serve -- a provision eliminated last year when Democrats controlled the regulator.
The Hill (4/20) 
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NSC to play supporting role to new Office of American Innovation
The White House cybersecurity executive order is expected to see the National Security Council play a supporting role to the new Office of American Innovation. White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Rob Joyce said the executive order will be coming soon and added that the main goals are to protect government networks and technology.
Federal Computer Week (4/24),  Nextgov (4/24) 
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Technology Trends
"Hack the Pentagon" program could be expanded to critical infrastructure
"Hack the Pentagon," a bug bounty program, could be expanded to include the Pentagon's critical infrastructure. This could identify vulnerabilities in electrical systems, HVAC equipment and other infrastructure with operating systems that aren't supported by vendors.
Nextgov (4/20) 
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Career & Workforce Development
Oracle turns to internal "startup" to stimulate innovation
Oracle is forming a business unit that it will call a startup in an effort to attract talent and to innovate faster than its competitors. Oracle says in its job postings that it wants to hire people who have worked on its competitors' cloud platforms.
Bloomberg (4/24) 
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