Judge set to rule on Trump TikTok download ban

A judge was set to rule Sunday on whether to allow a Trump administration ban on downloads of popular video-sharing app TikTok, which is seeking an injunction to prevent what it said could be a devastating blow.

US District Judge Carl Nichols has promised to consider on an expedited basis the TikTok request to block the president’s order before it takes effect at 11:59 pm Sunday (0359 GMT Monday).

The judge in the US capital was reviewing Trump administration claims that Chinese-owned TikTok posed a national security threat, along with the company’s denials and its claims that even a temporary ban could do irreparable harm.

US Justice Department and TikTok lawyers agreed to file briefs “under seal,” unavailable for public viewing, to avoid disclosing national security and confidential business information.

TikTok, which is owned by China’s ByteDance, said in its initial petition that even a temporary ban would “inflict devastating and irreparable harm” on the service.

“Until the administration’s intervention, TikTok was one of the fastest growing apps in the United States, and its continued rapid growth is necessary to maintain its competitive market position,” TikTok argued.

TikTok has an estimated 100 million users in the United States and 700 million worldwide, making it one of the largest in the social media space.

A ban would not only lead to lost revenue but also inflict “extraordinary harm to (TikTok’s) reputation and goodwill, making it unlikely that these relationships could be salvaged even if the ban is later lifted,” company lawyers argued.

A ban “will cause our user base to stagnate and then precipitously decline,” interim TikTok head Vanessa Pappas said.

She noted that until July 1, when rumors of a ban began circulating, TikTok was adding some 424,000 new US users each day.

The TikTok petition also speculated that Trump

Trump Administration Whacks China Again With New Restrictions on Its Biggest Chip Maker

The Trump administration has another Chinese technology company on its radar: the Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation, the country’s biggest chip maker. And as you all can imagine if you’ve been following the recent news cycle, that is not good for SMIC.

a man wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: Targeting China’s tech companies is now the norm.

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Targeting China’s tech companies is now the norm.

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Commerce informed American companies in the chip industry of new restrictions on exports to SMIC, the Financial Times reported. Now, American companies must obtain licenses from the government in order to sell products, such as software and chip-making equipment, to SMIC.


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In a letter communicating the new restrictions to U.S. companies, the Commerce Department said that it had taken action because exports to SMIC posed an “unacceptable risk” of potentially being used for military purposes.

According to U.S. government sources quoted by the Times, the Pentagon made the proposal to restrict SMIC because it was worried that the company was enabling the technological advancement of China’s military.

In a statement to Reuters, SMIC said it had not received any official notice of the U.S. restrictions and that it does not have ties to the Chinese military.

“SMIC reiterates that it manufactures semiconductors and provides services solely for civilian and commercial end-users and end-uses,” it said. “The Company has no relationship with the Chinese military and does not manufacture for any military end-users or end-uses.”

But although SMIC faces new restrictions, it is not yet on the entity list, which essentially functions as the Commerce Department’s blacklist. Companies on the entity list are banned from using U.S.-made tech in their devices. This, per Reuters, makes it difficult to get any export license approved.

The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security, which controls the export of commodities and

If Trump wins reelection, his management agenda will emphasize data, emerging tech

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Dave Nyczepir

The President’s Management Agenda (PMA) will place greater emphasis on agencies’ use of data to make decisions and replacing outdated systems with emerging technologies, should President Trump win reelection, says the acting deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Michael Rigas said the next PMA would include a Cross-Agency Priority (CAP) Goal of having data inform decisions like how agencies interact with the private sector. Current data shows businesses either engage “very little” with the government or do the bulk of their work with the government, a sign the cost of contracting is “too high” relative to many business plans, Rigas said during the ACT-IAC Shared Services Summit on Thursday.

“We need to do a better job of leveraging data like this to improve our engagement with the private sector and, more broadly, the use of data should inform all or our actions,” said Rigas, who has been nominated to assume his role permanently, on top of serving as acting director of the Office of Personnel Management.

Another CAP Goal would be expanding the use of technologies like robotic process automation (RPA) and artificial intelligence to reduce the burden of legacy systems.

RPA and AI have the added benefit of allowing agencies to shift how they use their funds and human capital.

“We see reskilling and upskilling playing a major role in the human capital life cycle,” Rigas said. “And this is the reason we think this work under the President’s Management Agenda is so important to our success.”

The next PMA would aim to boost competition during procurements, giving agencies more options at lower cost and higher quality, Rigas said. A CAP Goal of streamlining federal contracting requirements to be more innovative and commercially friendly would reduce barriers

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