The National Infrastructure Advisory Council warned that the United States is not ready to cope with catastrophic cyberattacks aimed at the U.S. power grid and other critical infrastructure, with one member warning that “we’re in a pre-9/11 moment.” The presidential advisory group, which includes former government officials and business executives, voted up a report recommending that the country establish separate communications networks for critical systems and work to rapidly declassify cybersecurity threats for infrastructure operators.
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board plans to vote at a hearing next month on the probable cause of a May 2016 car crash that killed a man who was using the semi-autonomous driving system in his Tesla Model S sedan. The incident raised questions about the safety of semi-autonomous vehicle systems that allow car operators to drive for long stretches with little human-vehicle intervention.
A group of cybersecurity companies including Symantec Corp. and McAfee Inc. called on the Trump administration to focus on cybersecurity concerns in the ongoing North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiation talks as a way to harmonize cyber policies across the United States, Mexico and Canada.
Several technology companies, including Google, Facebook, Twitter, Spotify and GoDaddy, banned the white supremacist website The Daily Stormer and associated accounts from their services and clarified their policies, to varying degrees, against hate speech and violence.
The government’s review of the AT&T Inc.-Time Warner Inc. $85 billion merger has reached an advanced stage, where AT&T lawyers are discussing merger conditions with the Justice Department, people close to the situation said. The proposed deal is largely viewed as a bellwether for the Trump administration’s approach to applying antitrust law.
The burden of proof is on Waymo LLC to show former engineer Anthony Levandowski used allegedly stolen documents in creating self driving-technology for Uber Technologies Inc., which he left to work for. But District Judge William Alsup may make jurors more sympathetic to Waymo by telling them that Uber’s attorneys have been misleading him and withholding evidence.
According to data from the Center for Responsive Politics, the number of tech companies and trade associations registered to lobby U.S., Canadian and Mexican government officials has more than doubled in the last few months. Companies like Cisco Systems Inc. and Microsoft Corp. are looking to zero out tariffs for tech goods and remove restrictions on cloud storage as officials prepare to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Brian Krzanich, Intel Corp.’s chief executive, joined the chief executives of Merck and Under Armour in announcing that he would leave Trump’s council on American manufacturing following the president’s response to violence during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. Krzanich said he resigned “to call attention to the serious harm our divided political climate is causing to critical issues.”
The Federal Communications Commission has granted net neutrality advocates’ request for an extension on filing reply comments on the agency’s proposal to roll back Obama-era rules on the subject. While the request, which was opposed by telecom companies, was for eight weeks, the FCC granted a two-week extension.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit will not block the Federal Communications Commission’s April decision to eliminate price caps for much of the business broadband market. The FCC’s business data services ruling deems certain local markets as competitive, even when there is only one broadband service provider.