TECH ISN'T JUST ON THE COASTS: A new report from the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a think tank in Washington, D.C., says the tech industry's reach isn't just on in hotspots like Silicon Valley, New York City or Austin, Texas. The report finds the tech sector affects every congressional district to some degree, with three-quarters of all districts having had 1,000 or more patent filers.
"The myopic view that the high-tech economy is only Silicon Valley and a few other bright spots like Boston or North Carolina's Research Triangle is flat wrong," said Robert D. Atkinson, ITIF's president. "Even worse, that misconception undermines support for broad-based, bipartisan policies to spur further innovation and growth across the nation."
According to Atkinson, tech is often layered on top existing industries and structures in areas that might not be thought of as technologically driven.
"In some places, it's because long-established industries such as agriculture, mining, or manufacturing are rapidly evolving into tech-enabled industries," he said. "In others, it's because new developments such as cloud computing and ubiquitous access to Internet service allow innovators to create new, IT-enabled enterprises in any small town or rural area they may choose."
The study found correlations between the number of works in STEM [Science, technology, engineering and math] occupations and federal research and development funding. In total, the tech sector employs 13 million nationwide and within the last two years over half of all congressional districts have received over $50 million in federal research funding.
"This serves as a signal to every Member of Congress that tech matters to their state and district," Atkinson said.
ISSA FINALLY WINS REELECTION BATTLE: Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has finally been named the winner of a tough race in California's 49th district. Issa made himself an ally of tech -- he played a significant part in the 2012 fight against the Stopping Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and defended Apple when they refused to help the FBI unlock an encrypted iPhone after the San Bernardino shootings. Tech companies took notice, donating to his now successful 2016 reelection effort.
TECH EXECS TO ADVISE LONDON'S MAYOR: Five tech executives will advise London Mayor Sadiq Khan on advancing the city's economy in the wake of the Brexit, reports Morning Consult. Tech members on the panel include Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook's vice president of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Debbie Wosskow, the chief executive and founder of Love Home Swap, a home-sharing service similar to Airbnb.
AT&T STEPS INTO STREAMING: AT&T subsidiary DirecTV will now offer video streaming services to consumers. The company is entering a nascent but crowded marketplace with established streaming options like mainstay Netflix along with Dish's similar streaming effort, Sling TV. Per a company release, DirecTV will offer four tiers of plans at various costs corresponding to the number of channels.
AMAZON CRACKS DOWN ON COUNTERFEITS: Amazon is now tackling its rampant problem of counterfeiters distributing fake products on its platform, reports Bloomberg. According to the report Amazon has been aware of the growing problem, despite not publicly saying much about it. The company is building teams in the U.S. and Europe to work with major brands to create a registry to keep fake products off the site. After companies register, even those who don't sell on the website will have to approve every merchant's request to sell their products online.
The Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) Wireless Committee is hosting a brown bag lunch at the FCC at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
Uber drivers are slated to participate in nationwide labor protests tomorrow.
Net neutrality advocates are stressing out over Donald TrumpDonald TrumpCheney challenger wins Wyoming Republican activists' straw poll We must do more to protect American Jews 6 in 10 say they would back someone other than Biden in 2024: Fox News poll MORE's appointments to his FCC presidential transition team. Experts think Title II of the net neutrality proposal, which the FCC used to justify its authority, is likely to disappear, but are unsure of what will happen to it beyond that.
Wikileaks released hundreds of thousands of Jimmy Carter-era diplomatic cables on Monday
San Francisco's light rail system suffered a ransomware hack over the holiday weekend.
The Justice Department addressed concerns on Monday over proposed changes to Rule 41.
Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonSunday shows preview: US reaffirms support for Ukraine amid threat of Russian invasion Senate's antitrust bill would raise consumer prices and lower our competitiveness Sinema scuttles hopes for filibuster reform MORE hammered Facebook's reported censorship tool designed to allegedly help the country get access to China's social media market.
Airbnb rentals in DC around the inauguration will set visitors back a pretty penny.