The United States needs more engineers, and Silicon Valley recruiters believe that the nuclear deal with Iran could help meet that need by creating a path for Iranian technical talent to come to U.S. firms. Adam Ward, a former Facebook recruiter who now works at Pinterest, told the Wall Street Journal that Facebook routinely skipped over qualified Iranian job candidates who studied at prestigious U.S. schools because of the difficulty in procuring work visas for them. “Big Silicon Valley companies are already looking at Iran’s technical talent,” the Journal reported. “Two-thirds of Iran’s population is under 30 years old, and many young workers are well-educated and technologically savvy. They’re eager to seek their fortunes in the technology industry, said Kamran Elahian, chairman of the technology investment firm Global Catalyst Partners.”
PORTABLE BENEFITS: Hillary Clinton said Monday that she wants to make benefits more portable for workers at firms such as Uber or Airbnb, where they are typically treated as contractors, not employees. The topic came up during a Facebook question-and-answer session launched by Clinton’s presidential campaign. “I certainly don’t have all the answers,” Clinton said, according to The Hill. “But we have to resolve these questions while embracing the promise and potential of these new technologies and without stifling innovation or limiting the ability of working moms and veterans and young people to get ahead.” For more on the Q&A, check out this item from the Verge.
WORK-EMAIL ONLY: Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has been using private Web-based e-mail at work, a practice that was banned at the department last spring, Bloomberg View reported. It remains unclear whether Johnson and 28 senior staff who also logged on to personal e-mail at work conducted business from those accounts. A DHS press secretary told Bloombert View that “going forward … all access to personal webmail accounts has been suspended.”
SAFETY FIRST: Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) says that self-driving cars would be “better” tested on private tracks than on public roads, a nod to injuries acknowledged by Google in a recent test run of self-driving technology. “It is an incredible hazardous environment to be out on the streets,” Peters, a member of the Senate Science and Transportation Committee, told Reuters. As the news service reported, Google has been developing self-driving cars since 2009. The company said Friday that “three of its employees were injured in a July 1 incident in California when one of its self-driving prototypes was rear-ended by another vehicle. ‘Our self-driving cars are being hit surprisingly often by other drivers who are distracted and not paying attention to the road,’ wrote Chris Urmson, director of Google’s self-driving car project, in a blog post last Thursday.”