July 1, 2018 – Most-Viewed Bills | Congress.gov

July 1, 2018

1. H.R.4760 [115th] Securing America’s Future Act of 2018
2. H.R.6136 [115th] Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018
3. H.R.2 [115th] Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018
4. H.R.5515 [115th] National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019
5. H.R.1 [115th] An Act to provide for reconciliation pursuant to titles II and V of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2018.
6. H.R.299 [115th] Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2017
7. H.R.5428 [115th] Stand with UK against Russia Violations Act
8. S.3036 [115th] Keep Families Together Act
9. H.R.5895 [115th] Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2019
10. H.R.6157 [115th] Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2019

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“Abolish ICE,” explained | Vox


Resistance to ICE and to deportation isn’t new. Immigrant groups have been fighting the expansion of immigration enforcement for years.

But public outrage over the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” border policy, which separated thousands of families, has intensified the skepticism over immigration enforcement. “Abolish ICE” is becoming a catch-all rallying cry against draconian immigration policies.

Source: “Abolish ICE,” explained – Vox

Desperately seeking cohesion | EURACTIV.com


NGOs argue the legislation, initially intended to fight smugglers, is also being used against citizens who help migrants.

Cédric Herrou, an olive farmer in the Roya Valley (South-East France), is one of those who paid the price: he was arrested several times between 2016 and 2017 for helping some 200 migrants enter France from Italy. Amnesty International activist Martine Landry was prosecuted for transporting two 15-year-old Guinean migrants between France and Italy.

There is a dedicated – and ugly – formulation in France to describe this humanitarian help: It is called “délit de solidarité”, which can be translated as “solidarity offence.”

Source: The Brief – Desperately seeking cohesion – EURACTIV.com

Cyber Command moves closer to a major new weapon


Just as sailors rely on an aircraft carrier, pilots need airplanes or soldiers need tanks, cyber warriors require a system to which they launch their attacks.

Pentagon leaders have said the Unified Platform will house offensive and defensive tools, allow for command and control, situational awareness and planning. Industry officials have referred to the programs as a “cyber carrier” used to launch cyber operations and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance.

Source: Cyber Command moves closer to a major new weapon

How ransomware democratized cyber weapons, warfare | TheHill


Ransomware had democratized the proliferation of cyber weapons. No longer confined to state actors, this malware is being used indiscriminately against any vulnerable target.

And the target of choice for now seems to be the public sector; state and local governments who still remain unprepared to repel an attack. Atlanta should have been a clarion call. It appears it may be falling on deaf ears.

Government now holds the distinction of being less secure than the health care industry.

Source: How ransomware democratized cyber weapons, warfare | TheHill

Yelp becomes weapon in online political war | TheHill


The most recent incident came after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was denied service at The Red Hen, a restaurant in Lexington, Va., because of the Trump administration’s immigration policies.

Appalled conservatives quickly flocked to Yelp, a website that allows the public to comment and rate businesses, and overwhelmed the restaurant’s page with negative reviews. Some online trolls even posted swastikas and pornography to deface the page.

The restaurant’s rating took a serious hit, dropping from just under five stars all the way down to its current one-star rating.

Source: Yelp becomes weapon in online political war | TheHill

Foreign spying comes under new scrutiny from lawmakers | TheHill


Lawmakers are stepping up their demands for more information from the Trump administration about foreign efforts to spy on Americans’ cellphones.

The Senate last week passed a spending bill with a measure directing the Pentagon to disclose mobile device spying near U.S. military facilities.

And an annual intelligence community authorization bill moving through the upper chamber would force intelligence officials to report on whether vulnerabilities in the global telecommunications system enable foreign surveillance.

Source: Foreign spying comes under new scrutiny from lawmakers | TheHill

A Moneyball Approach to Clean Water in California | Route Fifty


The state has about 3,000 community water systems, as well as over 4,400 small water systems for everything from remote truck stops to mobile home parks.

“It’s a very fragmented system with nobody regulating 80 percent of it,” Felicia Marcus, chair of the State Water Resources Control Board, told the assembled group. “It’s very difficult in that institutional infrastructure to get to everything.”

Data on those water systems isn’t structured much better; significant gaps exist in state databases, and much of the information that exists is scattered across state and local agencies. Enter the West Big Data Innovation Hub, part of the National Science Foundation’s national big data research and development initiative, which is helping the state convene experts to help compile, collect and extract knowledge from the data.

Source: A Moneyball Approach to Clean Water in California – Route Fifty

Your company’s culture is not unique, psychologist Adam Grant says | Recode


The potential for companies to remain ignorant of how much they are like their competitors is funny — but it’s also a serious problem, Adam Grant said. When leaders think they are uniquely talented at forging company culture, that belief “closes the door to learning.”

He also railed against another common corporate platitude: Managers who say, “Don’t bring me problems, bring me solutions.”

Source: Your company’s culture is not unique, psychologist Adam Grant says – Recode

Cyber Researchers Don’t Think Feds or Congress Can Protect Against Cyberattacks | Nextgov


The federal government doesn’t understand cybersecurity and won’t be able to respond to a digital disaster such as a destructive hack aimed at the energy or financial sector, according to a survey of cybersecurity researchers released Tuesday.

Only 13 percent of researchers “believe that Congress and the White House understand cyber threats and will take steps for future defenses,” according to the poll of attendees at the Black Hat cybersecurity conference.

Source: Cyber Researchers Don’t Think Feds or Congress Can Protect Against Cyberattacks – Nextgov