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President Trump delivers the State of the Union address in Washington on Feb. 5. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)
We must leverage the strength of our uniquely American R&D ecosystem, consisting of the Federal Government, private industry, colleges and universities, research institutions, and science philanthropies, to ensure American leadership in these industries. #SOTU— White House OSTP (@WHOSTP) February 6, 2019
A lot of this language -- a lot of this work -- really came into view when Trump met with Google/Microsoft CEOs, other tech execs, Kissinger, etc in December, those sources say.— Tony Romm (@TonyRomm) February 6, 2019
But Khanna said the president sets the agenda, and the absence of a specific call out in the State of the Union shows these issues aren't top of mind for him.
"We are not focused on the key things we need to do to prepare for the digital transformation of our economy," he said.
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A U.S. Customs and Border Protection truck along the U.S.-Mexico border in Nogales, Ariz., on Jan. 17. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)
The groups that signed the letter also include the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union and others. “The groups' concerns over the expansion of surveillance methods extends also to the potential increased reliance on drone surveillance and the possibility of biometric screening at the border and the collection of immigrants’ DNA,” Hamza reported. “The groups oppose such measures, which they say would exacerbate racial inequities in policing and immigration enforcement, lead to privacy violations and data misuse, and curb people’s willingness to exercise their First Amendment rights.”
People use their mobile phones at a tea shop in Yangon, Myanmar, on Aug. 31, 2018. (Sai Aung Main/AFP/Getty Images)
Facebook said that it will also remove “all related praise, support and representation” of this groups as soon as it becomes aware of it. A Facebook executive told the Financial Times that the company's ban came in response to an increase in violence associated with those groups and did not follow any requests from Myanmar's authorities. As BuzzFeed News's Pranav Dixit noted, Facebook has faced accusations that it failed to curb hate speech in Myanmar and thus helped fuel violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority.
Amazon founder Jeffrey P. Bezos in Oxon Hill, Md., on Sept. 19, 2018. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)
Bezos has commissioned an investigation to find out how the Enquirer obtained his private communications as the tabloid published explicit text messages between him and Sanchez. Gavin de Becker, Bezos’s private security consultant, has concluded that Bezos wasn’t hacked. "Rather, de Becker said in an interview, the Enquirer’s scoop about Bezos’s relationship with former TV anchor Lauren Sanchez began with a 'politically motivated' leak meant to embarrass the owner of The Post — an effort potentially involving several important figures in Trump’s 2016 campaign," my colleagues reported. A spokesman for the Enquirer declined to say how the tabloid obtained the text messages, but it said the coverage was not influenced by external political forces. (My colleagues also noted that The Post has a business relationship with de Becker.)
Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on Capitol Hill in Washington on Sept. 5, 2018. (Jose Luis Magana/AP)
— The cloud technology company Okta said it will give $500,000 over the next four years to help reduce homelessness and poverty, Fast Company's Adele Peters reported. San Francisco-based Okta will give the grant to the nonprofit Tipping Point, which aims to combat poverty in the Bay Area. The company also announced additional initiatives beyond the grant. “The company will hire San Francisco high school students as interns this summer as part of the city’s Opportunities for All initiative,” according to Fast Company. “It will also offer free meeting space in its new offices to nonprofits that are themselves getting priced out of the Bay Area, and will step up its efforts to have its employee volunteer.”
HelloBike, left, and Mobike bicycles parked in Shanghai on Jan. 9. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg)
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Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) on Capitol Hill in Washington Dec. 1, 2015. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
— Pallone and Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.), the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on communications and technology, said the Federal Communications Commission “has failed repeatedly to act in the public interest” under the leadership of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. Pallone and Doyle on Monday sent a letter to Pai containing a list of detailed questions about the agency's workload and backlog. “Not only have you have failed on numerous occasions to provide Democratic members of this Committee with responses to their inquiries, you have also repeatedly denied or delayed responding to legitimate information requests from the public about agency operations,” the lawmakers wrote to Pai.
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— Angela Ahrendts, retail chief at Apple, will leave the company in April, CNBC's Lauren Feiner reported. Deirdre O'Brien will take an expanded role at Apple as senior vice president of Retail People.
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— Today in funding news:
- CompTIA DC Fly-In technology conference in Washington.
- Senate Commerce Committee hearing on 5G and technology innovation.
- House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on communications and technology hearing on the consequences of the repeal of net neutrality rules tomorrow.
- The Brookings Institution holds a panel discussion titled “Smart cities and artificial intelligence” on Feb. 11.
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