Overnight Tech: Groups grade Clinton tech agenda | Facebook activates safety check in Istanbul | Another holdup for location data bill

LEDE: Tech groups seem generally pleased with the tech agenda presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats worry negative images are defining White House Heller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll MORE rolled out on Tuesday.

"It's worth singling out Secretary Clinton's proposals on making investments in computer science and STEM education, the need to safeguard the free flow of information across borders, the critical importance of cybersecurity at home and abroad, as well as the need to reallocate and repurpose radio spectrum for broadband and WiFi," said TechNet president Linda Moore in a statement. "These are key components in the effort to build a true innovation economy."


The Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition praised her support for proposals to wire anchor institutions -- places like schools and libraries that are key parts of their communities. "By proposing to invest new federal resources to connect 'additional anchor institutions', we hope that she intends to expand broadband for rural health clinics, community colleges and public housing," said executive director John Windhausen in a statement.

Innovation Alliance, a group opposed to broad patent reforms in Congress, was glad that Clinton called for only "targeted" patent reforms.

BUT NOT ALL GOOD NEWS: "We urge the Clinton campaign to do more to recognize Americans' serious concerns about unchecked spying and surveillance. Rejecting the false choice between privacy interests and keeping Americans safe means committing to change the PATRIOT Act policies that have targeted innocent people for unwarranted surveillance," said Free Press Action. "Unfortunately, her initiative lacks details on how a future Clinton administration would protect the privacy rights of everyday people," the group added.

TechNet also highlighted the absence of language on global trade and reforming the tax code as weaknesses in the policy platform. "We will continue to engage with Secretary Clinton's campaign to advocate for additional policy development in these and other areas," Moore said.

DETAILS, DETAILS, DETAILS: The full tech platform is here. For our report, on Clinton's pledge to get broadband to all households by 2020, click here.

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ANOTHER DELAY FOR EMERGENCY DATA BILL: The Senate Commerce Committee won't consider the Kelsey Smith Act, meant to give law enforcement more access to location data in emergencies, at its Wednesday markup after all. Chairman John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneSchumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Congress facing shutdown, debt crisis with no plan B GOP warns McConnell won't blink on debt cliff MORE (R-S.D.) said that Democrats wanted to "make some changes" and supporters weren't on board with those measures touching on privacy concerns yet. Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D) said that he's talking to Republicans to "try to seek a bipartisan solution." The bill failed in the House after privacy concerns drew opponents from both the left and the right.

Commerce will still mark up the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act, which deals with research. Thune said there were a "handful" of issues the committee was hoping to work out on that bill.

WHAT DOES FACEBOOK DO WITH LOCATION DATA?: Facebook is walking back its confirmation that the company uses location information as one factor when recommending people that you might like to follow on the platform. After Facebook confirmed the use of location information to Fusion on Monday, a spokesperson walked back the confirmation, noting that it uses a variety of factors but did not list them all. The reversal came after the initial Fusion story caused broad privacy backlash on social media.

FCC DEM IN SILICON VALLEY: Democratic FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn detailed her visit last week to Silicon Valley, where she met with a number of small companies as well as advocacy organizations helping to increase diversity in the tech workforce. She also met with larger companies like Twilio and Lyft and was at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit that President Obama also attended.

NTIA PUSHES BACK ON INTERNET TRANSITION CONCERNS: The National Telecommunications and Information Administration said a delay of the U.S. government's handoff of some of the internet's technical functions is "unnecessary" and would have implications for the "credibility of the United States in the global community." It said, however, that if all the transition work is not complete, it can extend its contract. The letter from assistant Commerce secretary Lawrence Strickling also sought to allay Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioThe Memo: Biden's immigration problems reach crescendo in Del Rio Democrats face bleak outlook in Florida The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Dems attempt to tie government funding, Ida relief to debt limit MORE's (R-Fla.) concerns about the constraints of a provision on human rights and safeguards meant to protect the system from authoritarian governments.

FACEBOOK ACTIVATES SAFETY CHECK IN ISTANBUL: Facebook has activated its safety feature after news of an attack at Istanbul's airport. The product allows users to signal to friends and family that they are out of harm's way. Its first use after a terrorist attack was in Paris, France. For more on the attack, click here.

TWITTER THREATS: The Virginia man who was recently charged with making death threats against GOP senators was released from detention Tuesday as a grand jury trial proceeds. The man cannot travel to Washington, D.C., must undergo mental health testing and will have restricted access to the internet, as stipulations of the release.


At 10 a.m., the Senate Commerce Committee is holding a markup that includes some tech-related bills.

At 11 a.m., New America is hosting an event on monopoly powers, which includes panels on the flow of information and discrimination in big data.


On June 14, a Virginia man used Twitter to threaten to shoot Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntRoy Blunt has helped forge and fortify the shared bonds between Australia and America The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Biden jumps into frenzied Dem spending talks Congress facing shutdown, debt crisis with no plan B MORE (R-Mo.) in the head for "allowing someone to murder my loved ones." But that threat and a number of others remained live on Twitter for two weeks.

Airbnb has sued the city of San Francisco over laws passed to govern home sharing, it said on Monday night.

Hillary Clinton says her administration would aim to give every American household access to high-speed internet service by 2020.

Twitter mistakenly blocked access and deleted dozens of tweets from the account of a popular Supreme Court blog after believing the account had been compromised.

Sen. Ed MarkeyEd MarkeyWarren, Bush offer bill to give HHS power to impose eviction moratorium Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Senate Democrats ding Biden energy proposal Six Democrats blast Energy Department's uranium reserve pitch MORE (D-Mass.) wants cybersecurity protections to be incorporated into all internet-connected vehicles.

European officials are working to dig into new information about Google, a hint they may be preparing to bring additional antitrust allegations against its search engine, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is implementing new online security initiatives for 2017 to stay ahead of hackers.