Tech leaders gather at White House | House subcommittee to review self-driving car bills | GOP contractors' security-settings error exposes 198M voters' data
June 22, 2017
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Tech leaders gather at White House
Industry leaders kick off White House tech summit
Trump, center (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Tech leaders from Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, IBM, Intel, Oracle and other companies met at the White House on Monday for cybersecurity- and technology-focused working sessions. Topics of discussion included outdated federal data centers and technology, implementing stronger encryption and using the private sector to bring government agencies up to date.
CNET (6/19),  Recode (6/19) 
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House subcommittee to review self-driving car bills
Next Tuesday, a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee will hold a hearing to talk about 14 bills dealing with autonomous vehicles. Rep. Bob Latta, R-Ohio, chairman of the Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee, said the discussion drafts under review are a step toward clarifying the federal and state roles in regulating self-driving vehicles.
The Hill (6/20) 
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GOP contractors' security-settings error exposes 198M voters' data
Security firm UpGuard said names, addresses, social media posts and other data gathered on 198 million US voters became accessible without a password on June 1 because of a security-configuration error by contractors working for the Republican National Committee. The RNC is investigating the matter and in the meantime has ceased work with contractor Deep Root Analytics.
CNN (6/19),  The Hill (6/19) 
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CIA reportedly used implants to hack wireless routers
The CIA has been using implants to hack wireless Wi-Fi routers in homes, offices and public spaces, documents leaked on WikiLeaks indicate. The documents -- which have not been verified -- allege that the CIA has carried out surveillance through routers after developing implants for numerous devices.
CNET (6/15) 
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Technology Trends
DHS DOMino contract awarded to Raytheon
DHS DOMino contract awarded to Raytheon
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The Department of Homeland Security has awarded Raytheon its cybersecurity Development, Operations and Maintenance contract after resolving bid protests. Raytheon will be responsible for developing and launching new capabilities for federal networks under the contract, which can pay up to $1 billion over the next five years.
Nextgov (6/19) 
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Career & Workforce Development
Survey: Female employees are more common at women-led tech startups
The workforce is 48% female at tech startups that include at least one woman on their founding team, according to a survey of 85 such companies by FundersClub. Most of the surveyed companies have fewer than 20 employees.
Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (6/15) 
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