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Uber stripped of London licence due to lack of corporate responsibility

Location:
London, United Kingdom

Uber has been stripped of its London licence in a surprise move that has triggered an outcry from drivers at the ride-hailing company and Conservative politicians.

New TSA rule for screening large electronics to expand to all U.S. airports

Location:
USA, United States

Passengers at all US airports will soon face new measures for screening electronic devices bigger than a cellphone.

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Showcasing the Inaugural Charles Benton Next Generation Engagement Award Winners

Local governments are leading the way to implement innovative, forward-looking civic technology programs that narrow the digital divide and make cities more livable. But for all the impressive initiatives out there, many brilliant ideas never get off the ground for lack of resources. So last year, with support from the Democracy Fund and the Benton Foundation, Next Century Cities launched the Charles Benton Next Generation Engagement Award. The competitive civic innovation prize invited cities to propose out-of-the-box solutions to local challenges.

Uber Faces Federal Criminal Probe Over ‘Greyball’ Software

Location:
Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20530-0001, United States
Recommendation:
1

Federal prosecutors have begun a criminal investigation into Uber’s use of software as part of the company’s program known as “Greyball” that helped drivers avoid local regulators.

Chairman Pai moves to block phone calls on airplanes

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Federal Communications Commission moved to end its push to allow people to use cellphones on flights. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai called for killing an abandoned 2013 proposal to relax the agency’s rules about the use of cellphones on flights.

How Uber Used Secret Greyball Tool to Deceive Authorities Worldwide

Location:
Uber, 800 Market Street, San Francisco, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Uber has for years engaged in a worldwide program to deceive the authorities in markets where its low-cost ride-hailing service was being resisted by law enforcement or, in some instances, had been outright banned.

Group asks feds to pump brakes on ‘driver mode’ for phones

Location:
consumer, United States
Recommendation:
3

A technology consumer group is urging the new administration to halt federal guidelines that encourage cellphone and electronic device makers to design products to minimize the potential for driver distraction.

How Tech Leaders Should Engage With Trump in 2017

Location:
Creative Strategies, Inc., 950 S. Bascom Ave, San Jose, CA, 95128, United States
Recommendation:
3

Ideally, President-elect Donald Trump would form at least four tech councils focused on key issues impacting tech’s future. These councils would be used to help him develop a tech policy that advances the role of tech as a key part of our economic growth.

Trump team plans for infrastructure ‘task force’ to advance top spending priority

Location:
Trump Tower, 725 5th Ave, New York, NY, 10022, United States
Recommendation:
2

President-elect Donald Trump is preparing to create an infrastructure “task force” that will help carry out the ambitious federal spending program he intends to undertake upon taking office

US DOT Advances Deployment Of Connected Vehicle Technology To Prevent Hundreds Of Thousands Of Crashes

Location:
Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave, SE, Washington, DC, 20590, United States
Recommendation:
3

Citing an enormous potential to reduce crashes on US roadways, the US Department of Transportation issued a proposed rule that would advance the deployment of connected vehicle technologies throughout the US light vehicle fleet.

Calls on an airplane? Rule change may allow them, despite skepticism from airlines, flight attendents

Location:
Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave, SE, Washington, DC, 20590, United States
Recommendation:
3

If airlines allow passengers to make in-flight cellphone calls, the carrier must notify passengers in advance, under a rule proposed by the US Department of Transportation.

Government spies can see everything you’re doing with your phone on a plane

Location:
National Security Agency (NSA), MD, 20755-6000, United States
Recommendation:
3

If you like your privacy, don’t fly the friendly skies with your phone connected to in-flight networks

Uber, Seeking to Expand, Defends Itself at Europe’s Highest Court

Location:
Court of Justice of the European Union, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Recommendation:
3

Uber asserted that it was helping to bolster Europe’s digital economy as part of its defense in a long-awaited hearing to decide how the popular ride-hailing service should be able to operate across the region.

President-elect Trump Picks Elaine Chao for Transportation Secretary

Location:
Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave, SE, Washington, DC, 20590, United States
Recommendation:
3

She is a woman and an immigrant, a fixture of the Republican establishment for two decades. She is a savvy and professional practitioner of the capital’s inside game. And now she is going to work for President-elect Donald J. Trump. Trump named Elaine L. Chao as his choice to be the next secretary of transportation, elevating someone whose background and experience are in many respects completely at odds with the brash and disruptive tenor of his anti-Washington campaign.

In Europe, Is Uber a Transportation Service or a Digital Platform?

Location:
Court of Justice of the European Union, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Recommendation:
2

In July 2015, a judge in Barcelona referred a case to the European Court of Justice, asking the Luxembourg-based court to determine whether Uber should be treated as a transportation service or merely as a digital platform. If the court decides that Uber is a transportation service, the company will have to obey Europe’s often onerous labor and safety rules, and comply with rules that apply to traditional taxi associations.

Democrat Harold Ford Jr. emerging as potential Trump Cabinet pick

Location:
Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave, SE, Washington, DC, 20590, United States

Former Rep Harold Ford, Jr. (D-TN) is emerging as a possible contender for transportation secretary, or another Cabinet post, in President-elect Donald Trump’s budding administration.

Auto Safety Regulators Seek a Driver Mode to Block Apps

Location:
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Ave, SE, Washington, DC, 20590, United States
Recommendation:
3

Apple iPhones and other hand-held devices have long had an airplane mode that shuts off wireless communications to prevent interference with the vast electronics systems that control modern aircraft. Now federal auto safety regulators want makers of these devices to add a driver mode to modify or block certain apps and features to keep a driver’s attention on the road.

Blacks face discrimination in ride-hailing, Including With Uber

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

African-American travelers wait as much as 30% longer for UberX rides, and people with African-American sounding names had their UberX trips canceled at twice the rate of those with white-sounding names, a study released Oct 31 found.

Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs aims to transform 16 cities into tech-friendly laboratories

Location:
Austin, TX, United States
Recommendation:
2

Cities across the country are clamoring for technological upgrades to transform themselves from cities of the past into “smart cities” of the future. Sidewalk Labs says it will help over a dozen cities do just that.

Announcing Over $80 million in New Federal Investment and a Doubling of Participating Communities in the White House Smart Cities Initiative

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
3

To kick off Smart Cities Week, the Obama Administration is expanding the Smart Cities initiative, with over $80 million in new Federal investments and a doubling of the number of participating cities and communities, exceeding 70 in total.

FCC Commissioner O'Rielly Letter to Paul Wiedefeld, General Manager, WMATA

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Michael O'Rielly sent Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority CEO Paul Wiedefeld a letter saying he’s baffled by the decision of the system to halt a pilot program for Wi-Fi service in train stations.

What is your phone telling your rental car?

Location:
Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20580, United States
Recommendation:
3

What happens when you rent a connected car? When you use the car’s infotainment system, it may store personal information. It may keep locations you entered in GPS or visited when travelling in the rental car – like where you work or live.

Verizon wants to run every part of your life

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States
Recommendation:
3

Verizon no longer wants to be your mother's Ma Bell spinoff. Sure, the company is still viewed by many as a sleepy telecommunication company. But it is trying to reshape itself into a mobile technology giant with tentacles in the worlds of media as well as connected cars.

Columbus (OH) Outfits Buses with Wi-Fi

Location:
Columbus, OH, United States
Recommendation:
3

Columbus (OH) bus riders soon won’t have to worry about blowing through their smartphone data limits as they wait for their stop. The Central Ohio Transit Authority plans to offer wireless Internet on all buses before the end of 2017.

The importance of Alibaba’s new ‘Internet car’

Location:
Alibaba, 699 Wang Shang Road, Hangzhou, China
Recommendation:
3

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba introduced its first automobile, the RX5 sport utility vehicle, set to be delivered to customers in August. The company called the vehicle, made with Chinese carmaker SAIC, the first “Internet car” in a news release.

Public Knowledge Demands FCC Protect Wireless Car Network from Cyberattacks

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

Public Knowledge and The New America Open Technology Institute filed a Petition for Rulemaking with the Federal Communications Commission to establish requirements for cybersecurity and privacy protection in the Direct Short Range Communication (DSRC) service.

Secretive Alphabet division funded by Google aims to fix public transit in US

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States
Recommendation:
3

Sidewalk Labs, a secretive subsidiary of Alphabet, wants to radically overhaul public parking and transportation in American cities. Its high-tech services, which it calls “new superpowers to extend access and mobility”, could make it easier to drive and park in cities and create hybrid public/private transit options that rely heavily on ride-share services such as Uber. But they might also gut traditional bus services and require cities to invest heavily in Google’s own technologies, experts fear.

How the Internet of Things Can Bring U.S. Transportation and Infrastructure into the 21st Century

Jun 28 2016 - 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location:
Senate Commerce Committee, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Russell Senate Office Building - 253, Washington, DC, 20002, United States

The hearing will explore how businesses and government use new technologies, including the Internet of Things (IoT), to enhance the efficiency of infrastructure and transportation across the country. Witnesses have been asked to testify on their unique projects, successes, and challenges with utilizing IoT technology in the transportation sector. Witnesses will also discuss their views on the appropriate role of the federal government in promoting innovation, adopting new technologies, and protecting safety in transportation and infrastructure projects.

FACT SHEET: Obama Administration Announces Columbus (OH) Winner of the $40 Million Smart City Challenge to Pioneer the Future of Transportation

Location:
Columbus, OH, United States
Recommendation:
2

Columbus (OH) is the winner out of 78 cities that accepted the challenge, will receive up to $40 million from the Department of Transportation to prototype the future of transportation s as part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to accelerate game-changing technologies from self-driving cars to smart traffic lights to vehicle to vehicle communications.

Defining Auto Safety of Life in 5.9 GHz

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

The intention of Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) systems in the 5.9 GHz spectrum band is to promote the safety of life of automobile drivers, passengers and possibly even pedestrians. If there are ubiquitous deployments of this equipment and everything works correctly, these systems could help prevent car crashes from happening.

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