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White House announces new tech jobs initiative

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States

The White House will put at least $200 million in grant funding towards bolstering STEM and Computer Science education “particularly among historically underserved groups,” the administration announced.

Boxed In 2016-17: Women On Screen and Behind the Scenes in Television

Location:
San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Drive Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, San Diego, CA, 92182, United States

For the last 20 years, Boxed In has tracked women’s representation in prime-time television.

AT&T workers in contract dispute to protest at iPhone launch

Location:
AT&T, 208 South Akard St, Dallas, TX, 75202, United States

AT&T workers are planning a demonstration outside Apple headquarters on Sept 12 during the highly anticipated iPhone 8 launch to draw attention to their ongoing contract dispute.

Silicon Valley’s Politics: Liberal, With One Big Exception

Location:
Stanford University, 471 Lagunita Drive Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford, CA, United States

A politically awakened Silicon Valley, buttressed by the tech industry’s growing economic power, could potentially alter politics long after President Trump has left the scene.

Feds Promised to Protect Dreamer Data. Now What?

Location:
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 500 12th St Sw, Washington, DC, 20536, United States

When the Obama administration was designing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), privacy was a chief concern for immigration advocates, who worried about having undocumented immigrants identify themselves to the government.

Microsoft says it will defend its 39 ‘dreamers’ in court if the government tries to deport them

Location:
Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA, 98052-7329, United States

After the Trump Administration announced that it would begin to unwind an Obama-era program that shields younger undocumented immigrants from deportation, Microsoft vowed to defend its workers in court.

Unions Unite Against Sinclair/Tribune

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Various unions have lined up against the Sinclair/Tribune merger, concerned, among other things, that the meld's synergies will mean job losses. Asking the Federal Communications Commission to deny the $3.9 billion merger were the Communications Workers of America, the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians and The News Guild.

Silicon Valley to President Trump: 'Dreamers are vital'

Location:
Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, CA, United States

The tech industry's top CEOs are demanding President Trump and Congress continue a program that protects young undocumented immigrants from being deported.

Mapping the Public Interest Technology Landscape

Location:
New America Foundation, 1899 L St NW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

So how, exactly, do we define “public interest technology”?

These four key areas of Trump’s tech policy are top of mind for Silicon Valley CEOs

Location:
Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, CA, United States

Expanding tech talent, intellectual property protection, artificial intelligence and automation, and network neutrality.

Lawyers for fired Google programmer ask other employees to come forward

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States

A law firm representing James Damore, who was fired from Google earlier in Aug for writing a controversial internal memo, is asking other former and current employees to come forward with “illegal employment practices” at Google.

President Trump’s business advisory councils disband as CEOs abandon president over Charlottesville views

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States

President Donald Trump’s relationship with the American business community suffered a major setback Aug 16 as the president was forced to shut down his major business advisory councils after corporate leaders repudiated his comments on the violence in Charlottesville (VA) this weekend.

Judge says LinkedIn can't block startup from user’s public data

Location:
USA, United States

A federal district court judge on Aug 14 said that LinkedIn cannot block a startup company from accessing users' public profile data. Judge Edward Chen in the northern district of California granted hiQ labs, an employment startup, a preliminary injunction that forces LinkedIn to remove any barriers keeping hiQ from accessing public profile information within 24 hours.

Tech is at war with the world

Location:
USA, United States

America's largely romantic view of its giant tech companies — Facebook, Google, Apple, Amazon, etc. —is turning abruptly into harsh scrutiny.

Why I Was Fired by Google

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States

I was fired by Google Aug 7 for a document that I wrote and circulated internally raising questions about cultural taboos and how they cloud our thinking about gender diversity at the company and in the wider tech sector.

These frightening new survey results describe a Congress in crisis

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

Even if members of Congress truly want to translate their current pique at institutional dysfunction into genuine deliberation, into a process of “regular order” where ...

Embracing Innovation and Diversity in Cybersecurity

Aug 11 2017 - 9:30am - 11:30am
Location:
New America, 740 15th Street NW Suite 900, Washington, DC, 20005, United States

US officials mull taking harder line against China's demands for technology transfers

Location:
The White House, Washington, 20500, United States

Apparently, President Donald Trump's administration is considering using rarely invoked US trade laws to fend off China's demands that foreign companies share their technology in return for access to the country's vast market.

Verizon says pole attachment reforms should not be tied to union agreements

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States

Verizon is taking a different view on the one-touch make-ready (OTMR) proposals being considered by the Federal Communications Commission, saying that any new rules should not be driven by the labor agreements carriers have with unions like the Communications Workers of America (CWA).

President Trump, electronics manufacturer Foxconn announce new Wisconsin plant

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States

President Donald Trump announced that the electronics manufacturer Foxconn will be building a new US plant in Wisconsin to produce LCD screens.

Bipartisan Bill Seeks Royalties for Pre-1972 Musical Works

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

A bipartisan bill has been introduced to establish copyright protections for performances of pre-1972 musical works. Reps Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) are sponsoring the Compensating Legacy Artists for their Songs, Service, and Important Contributions to Society (CLASSICS) Act (HR 3301).

Google's confidentiality rules discourage whistleblowers, US labor official warns

Location:
Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., NW Frances Perkins Building, WA, 20210, United States

The US Department of Labor has raised concerns that Google’s strict confidentiality agreements have discouraged employees from speaking to the government about discrimination as part of a high-profile wage inequality investigation.

Google Fiber Loses Chief Executive Officer After Five Months

Location:
Alphabet, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States

Alphabet’s high-speed internet business is undergoing another shake-up as its leader, Gregory McCray, is stepping down.

The Scary Reason Companies Like Verizon Keep Blowing Your Digital Privacy

Location:
USA, United States

The Verizon debacle joins a lengthy list of incidents where companies and government agencies have accidentally published people’s confidential information, a problem that experts say may be getting harder to fix as more companies their storage to the cloud.

Why Marsha Blackburn is wrong on net neutrality

Location:
SAE Institute of Technology -- Nashville, 7 Music Cir N, Nashville, TN, 37203, United States

House Communications Subcommittee Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has tried to argue that ending network neutrality is good for Nashville’s musicians, but she’s flat wrong.

YouTube stars urge FCC to save net neutrality

Location:
YouTube, 901 Cherry Ave, San Bruno, CA, 94066, United States

A group of more than 100 YouTube stars is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to preserve its network neutrality rules, which are currently in the process of being repealed.

Assessing the Impact of Removing Regulatory Barriers on Next Generation Wireless and Wireline Broadband Infrastructure Investment

Location:
Economists Incorporated, 2121 K Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20037, United States

This study evaluates the estimated impact of the Federal Communications Commission’s recent efforts to remove barriers to investment into next-generation wireless and wireline broadband networks, and thereby to accelerate the transition from legacy copper networks to next-generation services.

New York Times staff to stage protest over job cuts

Location:
New York Times, 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY, 10018, United States

Editorial staffers at The New York Times will stage a walk-out from the newsroom on June 29 to protest potential layoffs and staff reductions, according to an announcement from their union.

If you weren't raised in the Internet age, you may need to worry about workplace age discrimination

Location:
USA, United States

In job ads, some employers have begun listing “digital native” as a requirement for the position. The term, many say, is a “code word” for young workers who have grown up with technology and will be able to use new systems with ease.

How sharing economy regulatory models could resolve the need for Title II net neutrality

Location:
American Enterprise Institute (AEI), 1150 Seventeenth Street, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

Sharing economy companies have had no shortage of regulatory battles, but companies such as Uber, Airbnb, and TaskRabbit are innovating and improving regulation by incorporating the very trust created through their platforms.

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