OVERNIGHT TECH: Lawmakers aim to punish nations for hacking

President Obama is expected to discuss cybersecurity issues when he meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday. 

Companies have complained that Chinese hackers are regularly spying on their communications and stealing their business secrets. 

Defense bill targets Chinese IT: The defense authorization bill from House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) includes language targeting information technology from China.

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The bill would call on the Defense Department to strip out Chinese IT from its systems and would expand security regulations to cover unclassified networks. The language is intended to prevent China from building security holes into U.S. networks. 

Trey Hodkins, a lobbyist for TechAmerica, warned that the provisions would "encourage retaliatory actions against our government and global companies, which can lead to further insecurity."

"While we appreciate the effort the Chairman has put into the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act and this well-intentioned provision, a greater focus on cybersecurity and encouraging global best practices will go further in securing our supply chain than misdirected sourcing restrictions,” he said.

The Armed Service Committee is marking up the legislation this week.

Medical group to study violent media: Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) praised the Institute of Medicine, a nonprofit group, on Wednesday for proposing research into gun violence, including the link to violent video games and other media.

"Legislation is not an option right now because the courts have ruled that existing and outdated research does not support what parents, pediatricians, and psychologists have all told me — violent video games and violent programming can have a negative effect on children," Rockefeller said in a statement.

He said the institute's research proposal will "improve our understanding of this content and how it is linked to behavior." 

"This will inform our work to develop policy that protects our children," he said.

He has introduced legislation that would instruct the National Academy of Sciences to study media violence.

Satellite TV hearing: The House Energy and Commerce Committee's technology Subcommittee will hold a hearing on Wednesday June 12 to consider satellite television re-authorization legislation. 


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The House Judiciary Committee's intellectual property subcommittee will hold a hearing on Thursday morning to consider cellphone unlocking legislation. 

The cellphone industry is expected to back a bill from Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), which would overturn a Library of Congress decision to make cellphone unlocking illegal.

"Because we were not seeking to limit individuals’ non-commercial ability to unlock their devices, and because the bill preserves the important limitations against bulk unlocking included in the Librarian’s 2010 decision, CTIA can support H.R. 1123, which is narrowly tailored and appropriate to alleviating consumer confusion that may have arisen as a result of the Librarian’s most recent decision," Mike Altschul, general counsel of wireless industry group CTIA, will testify, according to his prepared remarks.

The other witnesses will be Steven Berry of the Competitive Carriers Association, George Slover of Consumers Union and Steven Metalitz of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp.


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

FCC to vote on cellphone privacy: The Federal Communications Commission will vote later this month on whether to require cellular carriers to better protect their customers' privacy. The regulations would require carriers to take "reasonable precautions" to protect personal information, such as the numbers customers dial, the length of calls and their location.

RNC hires Facebook manager: The Republican National Committee hired a Facebook engineering manager as its new chief technology officer.

Ohlhausen on privacy: Maureen Ohlhausen, a Republican member of the Federal Trade Commission, warned against overly aggressive government regulation of online privacy on Wednesday. Instead, she said the commission should support voluntary industry-led efforts to develop privacy protection guidelines.

Trade agency bans older Apple imports: Apple must stop selling an older model of the iPhone and certain other devices in the United States, the International Trade Commission ruled late on Tuesday.


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