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White House officials sought to reassure tech industry representatives at a private meeting last week that the Trump administration's pugnacious trade policies will ultimately aid their businesses, two sources tell Axios' David McCabe.
Why it matters: A trade war between the U.S. and China could put a big dent in the long run of profits and growth that the tech world has seen over the last decade, so its lobbyists have pushed to soften the administration's stance.
What we’re hearing, per sources:
The big picture: Tech groups have expressed concerns about President Trump’s tariffs on Chinese goods, arguing for other ways to address their concerns about an important market for the industry.
The White House meeting was attended by staffers for trade groups representing the tech and telecom industries, as well as representatives of some individual companies, a source familiar with the meeting said.
Representatives from the White House included officials from the Department of Commerce, the U.S. Trade Representative, the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Treasury Department and the National Economic Council.
Go deeper: Read David's full scoop here.
From left: Brian McClendon, Suneel Gupta, Phil Weiser. Photo illustration: Axios Visuals
A handful of candidates with ties to the technology industry are on the midterm election ballots this year, saying they are motivated by Donald Trump's election.
Tech leaders generally believe that building companies and innovative products makes more of a difference in the world than working in politics. But, as Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva and Kim Hart write, Trump's election seems to have shaken the broader industry into a political awakening.
What's happening now: Employees have become more politically active, and some are even forming organizations to put their skills to work, such as Tech for Campaigns.
Axios spoke to three tech-rooted candidates about why they chose to run, and they all cited the 2016 election.
Reality check: Their focus on tech can be a double-edged sword for these candidates. While they can confidently sell the importance of STEM education, tech jobs and broadband access, for example, they may not have direct experience dealing with constituents' other non-tech-related priorities.
Go deeper: Read their whole story here.
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios
In less than a week, Spotify, Stitcher, Apple, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest have all taken action to either ban or crack down on InfoWars and its conspiratorial leader Alex Jones, Axios' Sara Fischer writes.
Why it matters: The sudden and collective boycott of Alex Jones is a significant tipping point for Big Tech, where values of openness and inclusivity have been tested for years by conspiracy theorists and bad actors.
The big picture: This marks a milestone for organized boycotts on the left, which have included Jones for years on black lists that includes Breitbart News and Rush Limbaugh, per Axios' Mike Allen.
China's deployment of 5G, the next generation of cellphone technology, is way ahead of the U.S., according to a new report from consulting firm Deloitte.
What they found: China is investing more heavily in wireless infrastructure than the U.S., is deploying new technology more efficiently, and stands to gain more of the economic benefits of 5G more quickly, per Deloitte.
The response: The firm argues that the U.S. should respond by:
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
At this week's Black Hat cybersecurity conference, panels about hacking automobiles and airplane Wi-Fi are being interspersed with a new focus on mental health, Axios' Joe Uchill reports from Las Vegas.
Issues like anxiety and depression aren't new in the cybersecurity field, and stress is rampant. Pros work long hours under enormous pressure to protect critical networks from ever-increasing threats.
What's new: Black Hat's focus on the people, not just the technology, may instigate broader industry changes. Its spotlight on topics like suicide, stress load, mental illness and trauma could encourage employers in the field to think about those issues, too.
Now you can get your very own blockchain throw blanket — with groovy patterns generated from the data on your favorite distributed database. (Prices have been reduced since the first time we saw these, though they haven't dropped quite as far as Bitcoin.)
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