Overnight Tech: Zuckerberg group rolls out next part of immigration push

LEDE: Fwd.us, the Mark Zuckerberg-financed immigration reform advocacy group, took on presidential candidate Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want to use 'adversary' to describe Russia Comey urges Americans to vote for Democrats in midterms Roby wins Alabama GOP runoff, overcoming blowback from Trump criticism MORE Thursday in its latest effort to get its signature issue on the agenda in 2017.

In a video, immigration activists — some of them immigrants in the country without authorization and some U.S. citizens — imagine what it would look like if Trump’s plan to deport every unauthorized immigrant were to come to pass. Images of a police state scroll across the screen while the activists talk about the possibility of deportion. Sophie Cruz, the young girl with immigrant parents who made headlines when she handed a letter to Pope Francis during his visit to Washington, appears in the video.

The group’s pollster found that 77 percent of the electorate think the en masse deportation of immigrant is not a feasible solution to the nation’s immigration woes and that voters prefer a candidate who supports a path to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally. You can view the polling here.

McCONNELL WARY OF PRE-ELECTION TRADE DEAL: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Defense: Trump tries to quell Russia furor | GOP looks to reassure NATO | Mattis open to meeting Russian counterpart Senate weighs new Russia response amid Trump backlash House passes bipartisan bill to boost business investment MORE (R-Ky.) tells The Washington Post that the Trans-Pacific Partnership might struggle in Congress if it is sent to Capitol Hill before the presidential election.

HANDFUL OF STATES PASS CONTRACTOR REQUIREMENTS FOR DRIVERS: Reuters reported that three states already have laws on the books requiring that Uber and other ride service drivers are classified as contractors — a controversial designation that is being challenged in a class action lawsuit in California. Proposals in Ohio and Florida are also moving ahead. One lawmaker in Ohio, who is supportive of the proposal, said Uber, Lyft, the taxi industry and others helped draft the legislation in that state.

FORMER TOP OBAMA HAND TO GOFUNDME: Dan Pfeiffer, who was a senior adviser to President Obama before he left the administration earlier this year, is joining crowdfunding platform GoFundMe as vice president of communications and policy. In a post on Medium, he explained his decision to join the company — and offered a possible hint of the company’s message under his stewardship.

“Ultimately, GoFundMe is all about using technology and social connections to empower people to help people,” he wrote. “If you need help for some unexpected reason, you can easily and quickly ask for help from your community. If you see someone or something that needs help, you can take the initiative on your own to help. This can all happen instantly, efficiently, and transparently without waiting for large institutions to take notice.”

TRENDLINE: It’s become commonplace for those in the Obama administration to go looking for post-White House gigs in tech. Former press secretary Jay Carney is at Amazon, defending the company against claims that it works its white collar employees to the bone, and adviser David Plouffe is a senior executive at Uber.

COURT HIGHLIGHTED GOOGLE’S NET NEUTRALITY CONCESSION: The National Journal on Thursday highlighted how Google’s eleventh-hour bid to make changes to the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality order could end up costing the commission in court. The change does not jeopardize the bulk of the Internet regulations, only the portion dealing with interconnection. As a refresher, The Hill's Julian Hattem broke the story about the last-minute drama ahead of the vote back in February.

FCC DEBUTS NEW WEBSITE: The Federal Communications Commission’s new website went live Thursday. The commission touted it as having a “more responsive design, a new site navigation structure, and an improved search capability.”

INTERNET ASSOCIATION OUT WITH ECONOMIC DATA: The trade group has released a report on the economic impact of the Internet sector. The group found that jobs in the sector are nearing 3 million in total, and that it contributed $966.2 billion to the economy last year.

CORD-CUTTING ACCELLERATING?: eMarketer says that by 2019, 23 percent of U.S. households won't be paying for standard TV service, according to The Wall Street Journal. The rate at which people are dropping the service will also rise: There will be 20.8 cord-cutting households by the end of this year, the firm said.


House leadership is reviewing the compromise text of a major cybersecurity bill, indicating lawmakers could be on the cusp of moving the final legislation.

Major technology companies are pushing Congress to keep any net neutrality-related measures out of an end-of-year spending bill lawmakers are seeking to wrap up next week.

Verizon is launching tests of what are called sponsored data options, expanding the use of a potentially controversial tactic.

Retailers are urging congressional lawmakers to reject a customs enforcement bill unless an online sales tax provision is added.

A trio of transparency groups wants the Federal Communications Commission to require Michael Bloomberg’s name to appear at the end of TV ads that are paid for by his super-PAC, Independence USA PAC.


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