Overnight Tech: Tech industry's message to Trump | Busy week for Congress | Google, Facebook take heat over fake news

Overnight Tech: Tech industry's message to Trump | Busy week for Congress | Google, Facebook take heat over fake news
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LAME DUCK HEARINGS: Congress is back for just one week, but is still handling a healthy dose of tech work.

On Tuesday, The Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on self-driving cars as apart of its Disruptors Series. 

Rep. Michael C. Burgess (R-Texas), the chair of the subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, is holding the hearing, which will be preceded by self driving car demos by Tesla Motors, BMW Group, and Audi of America, Inc. on Capitol Hill.


"Members will explore the potential impact of self-driving cars on driver and roadway safety and how this emerging technology could improve mobility, increase vehicle efficiency, and create new opportunities including economic growth and transportation access for the disabled and underserved communities," according to a release.

Congress is also set to have two tech hearings on Wednesday. The House Committee on Energy and Commerce will hold a meeting regarding last month's massive cyberattack against Dyn, a domain name system (DNS) provider. 

The hearing will be jointly held by the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology chaired by Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade chaired Burgess.

"Next week's hearing provides our members with an opportunity to learn more about the recent cyberattacks, how cyberattacks are evolving and what can be done to mitigate future attacks and risks," Walden and Burgess said.

In the Senate, the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation chaired by Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneThere is a bipartisan path forward on election and voter protections Juan Williams: It's Trump vs. McConnell for the GOP's future Biden's year two won't be about bipartisanship  MORE (R-S.D.) will hold a Wednesday hearing to examine the emergence, benefits, and implications of augmented reality technologies. John Hanke, the CEO of Niantic -- the company that developed Pokemon Go -- will be a witness on the panel.

On Thursday, Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsClyburn predicts Supreme Court contender J. Michelle Childs would get GOP votes The names to know as Biden mulls Breyer's replacement No. 3 Senate Democrat says Biden should tap Black woman for Supreme Court MORE (R-Maine) presides over another hearing on self-driving cars in the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on transportation.

YAHOO? NOT YET: There's no word yet on a Yahoo data breach hearing but we'll let you know if that changes. A number of lawmakers have called for law enforcement probes and congressional action on the matter, including Sens. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden: Russia attack 'would change the world' SALT change likely to be cut from bill, say Senate Democrats New Mexico Democrat tests positive for COVID-19 breakthrough case MORE (D-Va.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.). House Judiciary Committee ranking member Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyFiscal spending deadline nears while lawmakers face pressure to strike deal These Senate seats are up for election in 2022 Senate panel advances bill blocking tech giants from favoring own products MORE (D-Vt.) has said he wants a Judiciary hearing on the matter. Judiciary Chairman Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleySenate Republicans press federal authorities for information on Texas synagogue hostage-taker Small ranchers say Biden letting them get squeezed These Senate seats are up for election in 2022 MORE (R-Iowa) is open to a hearing, but hasn't yet committed.

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TECH'S MESSAGE TO TRUMP: The Internet Association, a trade association representing major tech companies like Amazon, eBay and Google penned a letter to President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpNorth Korea conducts potential 6th missile test in a month Kemp leading Perdue in Georgia gubernatorial primary: poll US ranked 27th least corrupt country in the world MORE Monday. The letter outlined suggestions that the tech industry has for the Trump administration when he takes office. The 12-page letter spanned policy recommendations on issues like STEM education, patent reform and encryption issues. Donald Trump has not addressed many tech policy issues yet, but when he has, he's taken positions unpopular with tech interests.

COPYRIGHT OR COPYWRONG?: The Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) and the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) voiced their concerns on internet service providers' responsibility for users who infringe copyright laws in an amicus brief today to the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. The groups argued that Cox was wrongly held liable for not policing Internet content.

The case involves Cox Communications, which was hit with a $25 million penalty, after a judge found it liable for illegal music downloads by its customers.

"It is critical in a democracy that juries and our legal system correctly follow existing copyright law on secondary liability," CCIA President & CEO Ed Black said. "U.S. copyright law is balanced with liability protections for companies to respond quickly to infringement without resorting to policing all online sharing and commentary for copyright infringement. We value free speech and what it represents and it would be unwise to abandon that principle and balance for extremist copyright enforcement measures."

TRADE WAR(NING): China will retaliate "tit-for-tat" if President-elect Donald Trump seeks to start a trade war, according to the Chinese Communist party-controlled newspaper, The Global Times.

"A batch of Boeing orders will be replaced by Airbus," the Global Times wrote. "US auto and iPhone sales in China will suffer a setback, and US soybean and maize imports will be halted."

Unsurprisingly, investors were not pleased by this. Traders unloaded Apple shares, causing the stock to fall by 2.5 percent, double the average S&P 500 loss on Monday.


At 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday the Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on self-driving cars. The event will be preceded by a self-driving car demo at 9:00 a.m.


Tech news was still happening while you thinking about the election. Fear not, here are some gems from it.

Curious about what Obama regulations Trump could change? The Hill details 14 of them, including net neutrality.

Sen. Ben Sasse (Neb.) made his debut as an Uber driver over the weekend.

Facebook is denying a report they created a tool to stop fake news and then nixed it in fear of a conservative backlash. The company has faced substantial scrutiny in 2016 over fake news stories on their platform, conservative allegations of bias and liberal criticisms that they should have enforced hate speech policies on Donald Trump.

Google is having fake news problems of its own. Searching "election results" on Monday showed users a story linking to incorrect election results favoring Trump.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter told everyone how he really feels about whistleblower Edward Snowden. Spoiler: It's exactly what you think.