Overnight Tech: Trump's tech budget - Cyber gets boost; cuts for NASA climate programs | FTC faces changes under Trump | Trump to meet with Bill Gates

Overnight Tech: Trump's tech budget - Cyber gets boost; cuts for NASA climate programs | FTC faces changes under Trump | Trump to meet with Bill Gates
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TRUMP'S BUDGET AND TECH: President Trump on Thursday unveiled his first budget, drastically slashing the size of the federal government and boosting defense spending by $54 billion.

The budget blueprint, which is a guideline for lawmakers, is unlikely to pass Congress.

For the most part, the proposal was silent on tech issues.

Those eager for funding to help build up the nation's broadband infrastructure, including many Republicans in Congress will have to wait. Those details could be mentioned in the president's forthcoming infrastructure plan.

The blueprint did note that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will continue to receive funding. The Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission were not specifically mentioned in the document.

For the big picture on Trump's first budget, click here.

For five quick takeways, click here.

For a look at 19 agencies Trump wants to eliminate, click here.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: The budget did make several references to using information technology to improve efficiency in the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Commerce and in the U.S. Census Bureau.

NASA: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) programs on climate and earth science are among those facing cuts.

The president's plan, unveiled Thursday, requests $19.1 billion for NASA overall, a 0.8 percent decrease from last year's $19.3 billion budget.

While NASA managed to escape many of the steeper reductions facing other federal agencies, the blueprint does target many programs tied to climate work.

Earth science programs would be cut slightly from $1.9 billion to $1.8 billion in annual funding.  

The blueprint, though, calls for eliminating four earth science missions: PACE, OCO-3, DSCOVR Earth-viewing instruments, and CLARREO Pathfinder.

DSCOVR, the Deep Space Climate Observatory was originally proposed by former Vice President Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreOvernight Energy: EPA questioned safety of rolling back fuel efficiency rule | Zinke blames 'environmental terrorist groups' for wildfires | Illinois sues Chicago Trump hotel for violating water rules Al Gore: Trump has had 'less of an impact on environment so far than I feared' The Hill's Morning Report — Trump to GOP: I will carry you MORE, and uses satellites to measure the earth's carbon levels.

Republicans have long questioned NASA's earth science work and say the agency should be focused on space exploration.

But Democrats have seen those criticisms as efforts to target climate science. They say NASA has a unique role as the nation's space agency which gives it unique insights into how climate is affecting the entire planet.

Trump's budget also calls for cutting $250 million in grants for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) under the Commerce Department to help coastal communities deal with climate change. Trump's budget also proposes cuts to Environmental Protection Agency climate programs.

NASA's acting administrator, Robert Lightfoot, praised the budget proposal on Thursday.

"This is a positive budget overall for NASA," he said.

Read more here.

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DEMS OFFER BILLS ON RURAL BROADBAND: House Democrats on Thursday introduced five bills they say would help displaced workers and rural communities gain access to broadband internet service. Among the bills from the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Democrats is a measure that would require the Federal Communications Commission to collect better data on mobile coverage.

Read more here.

NEW ERA FOR FTC: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) could be facing big changes under President Trump. Trump must fill three vacant commissioner seats and decide on a chairman -- moves that Republicans hope could push the regulatory agency in a business-friendly direction.

The agency's primary role is to police companies for deceptive practices and to review high-profile mergers to determine if they are in consumers' best interests.

Trump himself is no stranger to the FTC, having had his own run-ins with its regulators as a businessman.

Read more here.

JUDGE REJECTS GOOGLE SETTLEMENT: A federal judge rejectED Google's proposed settlement with non-Gmail users who said the company scanned their emails for Gmail targeted advertising, reports Reuters. The judge rejected it on the grounds that it would not guarantee Google's compliance with federal and state privacy laws.

"In sum, based on the parties' current filings, the court cannot conclude that the settlement is fundamentally fair, adequate, and reasonable," the judge wrote.

CYBERSECURITY IN TRUMP'S BUDGET PROPOSAL: President Trump's first federal budget blueprint proposes $1.5 billion for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to protect federal networks and critical infrastructure from cyberattacks. The budget request, which bolsters DHS funding by 6.8 percent while making deep cuts to other agencies and departments, also calls for heightened cooperation between the government and the private sector on cybersecurity. The proposed budget "safeguards cyberspace with $1.5 billion for DHS activities that protect federal networks and critical infrastructure from an attack," according to the blueprint, which was publicly released Thursday morning.

Read more of Morgan Chalfant's story here.

WHITE HOUSE POWWOW: President Trump is meeting with Microsoft founder Bill Gates on Monday. White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced the meeting on Thursday at his daily press briefing but did not provide any other details.

The two previously met in December at Trump Tower.

After that meeting, Gates told reporters that the two had a "good conversation" and had discussed "innovation, how it can help in health, education, the impact of foreign aid and energy, and a wide-ranging conversation about power of innovation."

But Gates has also criticized the president at times and is at odds with him on a number of issues.

Read more here.


The Open Technology Institute is holding an event on encryption at 1:30 p.m. on Friday


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