Cat Zakrzewski

Cat Zakrzewski

Cat Zakrzewski is a multimedia journalist currently pursuing a degree from Northwestern University. Enrolled in the Medill School of Journalism, she plans to graduate with a double major in journalism and international studies as well as a minor in political science in 2015.

Cat has worked for Medill News Service in Washington, The Chicago Sun-Times, Northwestern Magazine, and she served as a Fall 2013 College Correspondent for USA TODAY.

Cat is originally from Ambler, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia.

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  • Unraveling Comcast Merger Exposes Weaknesses In Its Powerful Lobbying Arm

    Unraveling Comcast Merger Exposes Weaknesses In Its Powerful Lobbying Arm

    Comcast spent $4.62 million on lobbying in the first quarter of 2015, an increase of 50 percent from its spending in the same quarter last year. But now the cable giant is reportedly walking away with little to show. Much of Comcast’s spending was aimed at ushering through the company’s merger with Time Warner Cable Inc. and preventing the adoption of strict net neutrality rules. Read More

  • Comcast May Walk Away From Its $45B Deal To Buy Time Warner Cable

    Comcast May Walk Away From Its $45B Deal To Buy Time Warner Cable

    The $45 billion marriage of Comcast and Time Warner Cable may be left at the altar, after reports surfaced today that Comcast itself might walk away from the deal. According to Bloomberg, an announcement could come as soon as this Friday. TechCrunch has reached out to Comcast for comment on the news. The FCC declined to comment on the reports, as the transactions are still under review. The… Read More

  • House Passes Complementary Cyber Information-Sharing Bill

    House Passes Complementary Cyber Information-Sharing Bill

    Another cybersecurity bill will move on to the Senate. A day after the House of Representatives passed an information sharing bill that raised concerns among privacy advocates, the chamber passed the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act on a vote of 355-63 (a rare feat in Congress these days). The bill, introduced in the House Homeland Security Committee, will allow companies… Read More

  • House Passes Controversial Cybersecurity Information-Sharing Bill

    House Passes Controversial Cybersecurity Information-Sharing Bill

    The House of Representatives today passed The Protecting Cyber Networks Act on a 307-116 bipartisan vote. The bill aims to remove legal barriers so that American companies can share threat information with one another to defend against hacks, such as those that have recently plagued Sony and Target. The bills have broad support from the White House and industry groups, including some in tech. Read More

  • Google’s Encryption Efforts Are Paying Off In Wake Of Snowden Leaks

    Google’s Encryption Efforts Are Paying Off In Wake Of Snowden Leaks

    Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said the company has evidence that its efforts to improve encryption in the wake of Edward Snowden leaks have worked. His remarks at BoxDev, Box’s yearly developer conference, come as law enforcement officials are criticizing encryption efforts for slowing down investigations. In response to a question about encryption from Box CEO Aaron… Read More

  • U.S. Secretary Of Homeland Security Warns About The Dangers Of Pervasive Encryption

    U.S. Secretary Of Homeland Security Warns About The Dangers Of Pervasive Encryption

    In a speech at cybersecurity conference RSA, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson outlined the government’s discomfort with increasing implementation of encryption by technology companies, and what impact the shift might have on national security. While tech firms like Apple are advancing encryption to an increasingly broad set of consumer activities, the government is… Read More

  • Republicans Continue Fight Against Net Neutrality With Three New Proposals

    Republicans Continue Fight Against Net Neutrality With Three New Proposals

    House Republicans continued their push against the Federal Communications Commission in the wake of the net neutrality rulemaking with three proposals that would curb the agency’s authority. They would require the agency to share its rulemaking with the public more expediently and be more transparent about internal delegation. Read More

  • Deep-Learning Company MetaMind Hires Twitter, Salesforce Veteran Ruslan Belkin

    Deep-Learning Company MetaMind Hires Twitter, Salesforce Veteran Ruslan Belkin

    MetaMind has named Ruslan Belkin, formerly of Salesforce, Twitter and Linkedin, as its new vice president of engineering. The artificial intelligence startup launched late last year with $8 million from Khosla Ventures and Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff. The company applies deep learning of natural language and images to solve a range of business problems. Currently the platform can be used… Read More

  • After Net Neutrality Rules Are Published, Congressional Republicans Take A Stand

    After Net Neutrality Rules Are Published, Congressional Republicans Take A Stand

    Congressional Republicans are following through on their promise to oppose the Federal Communication Commission’s net neutrality order. Since the commission first publicized its rules earlier this year, Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia has said that he would dissent the agency’s rulemaking. Today, when the rules were published in the Federal Registry and became fair game for… Read More

  • Congress Returns Next Week With A Tech-Heavy Agenda

    Congress Returns Next Week With A Tech-Heavy Agenda

    Congress is back from a recess this week, and with lawmakers we’ll see the return of some familiar issues. We will see Congress address patent reform and cybersecurity in the coming weeks. Once lawmakers finish with cybersecurity, it’s possible we could even see legislation related to National Security Agency (NSA) phone record collection before the end of the month.  These are… Read More

  • Gossip App Cloakroom Is Yik Yak For Washington Insiders Only

    Gossip App Cloakroom Is Yik Yak For Washington Insiders Only

    Capitol Hill feels a lot like a college, with thousands of twenty-somethings all working on the same campus, eating in cafeterias and taking summer recesses. Now the Hill even has its own Yik Yak with the launch of the anonymous forum Cloakroom. Cloakroom is a mobile app where Washington insiders can anonymously post their thoughts. You can only use Cloakroom if you are in the… Read More

  • Surveillance Reform Movement Rallies Ahead Of June 1 Deadline

    Surveillance Reform Movement Rallies Ahead Of June 1 Deadline

    After two years of roadblocks in reforming the National Security Agency programs revealed by Edward Snowden, it seems the viral John Oliver segment and impending program deadline are breathing new life into a reform movement that has seemed stagnant since late last year. Privacy advocates experienced a major setback in November when a surveillance reform bill, the FREEDOM Act, died in a… Read More

  • Phone Surveillance Revelation Should Prompt Reassessment Of NSA Spying

    Phone Surveillance Revelation Should Prompt Reassessment Of NSA Spying

    Does evidence of a decades-old surveillance program throw out the case many public officials have made for the modern surveillance state? Since Edward Snowden first leaked documents about secret National Security Agency (NSA) programs, government officials have defended them in the name of September 11 and national security. Again and again, we heard that these programs were built in the wake… Read More

  • Russians Implicated In Hack On White House After Obama Makes Cybersecurity Push

    Russians Implicated In Hack On White House After Obama Makes Cybersecurity Push

    The same Russian hackers who breached the State Department system for months also gained access to an unclassifed White House computer system, according to a report from CNN. Although the system did not contain classified information, the Russians reportedly had access to the president’s private schedule. The connected cyberattack on the State Department in recent months has been… Read More

  • John Oliver Just Changed The Surveillance Reform Debate

    John Oliver Just Changed The Surveillance Reform Debate

    Remember Edward Snowden? For many Americans who talked to John Oliver on Last Week Tonight, the answer is no. It’s been almost two years since the world was captivated by Snowden’s leaks to The Guardian and The Washington Post about American surveillance programs. For weeks it seemed there was a new headline everyday about another previously classified surveillance program or… Read More

  • Apply For TechCrunch’s Paid Summer Internship

    Apply For TechCrunch’s Paid Summer Internship

    We’re looking for college students who love startups and reading TechCrunch to join our team as paid summer interns. This isn’t your typical internship. As soon as you set up your company email address, TechCrunch will let you write and publish your own stories. Whether it’s a big funding announcement or profiles of the next Y Combinator batch, you’ll be talking to some… Read More

  • Brace Yourselves, The Net Neutrality Legal Challenges Are Coming

    Brace Yourselves, The Net Neutrality Legal Challenges Are Coming

    On Wednesday afternoon the Federal Communications Commission filed its net neutrality order to the Federal Register, an FCC official confirmed to TechCrunch. Once published by the Register, the filing opens the gates to an inevitable outpouring of legal challenges from net neutrality opponents. The FCC’s filing comes a week-and-a-half after the agency was slammed with the first… Read More

  • Political Pressure To Pass CISA Quickly Could Pose ‘Big Problem’ For Civil Liberties

    Political Pressure To Pass CISA Quickly Could Pose ‘Big Problem’ For Civil Liberties

    For years lawmakers and civil liberties advocates have sparred over cybersecurity legislation that would allow companies to share information with government agencies and each other. Now the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, better known as CISA, is back. Despite recent amendments intended to bolster protection of consumers’ personal information, privacy advocates worry that… Read More

  • Entelo Wants To Help Companies Hire Diverse Employees As They Scale Up

    Entelo Wants To Help Companies Hire Diverse Employees As They Scale Up

    In the past year, we saw a string of companies release diversity reports that exposed the numbers behind the underrepresentation of women and minorities in tech roles. Along with those reports came commitments to do better. Entelo thinks its algorithm can help tech companies follow through on those promises. Entelo is a platform that businesses can use to search for job candidates that has… Read More

  • Friendsy Is Tinder For College Students Only, Created By Two Princeton Students

    Friendsy Is Tinder For College Students Only, Created By Two Princeton Students

    During his freshman year at Princeton, Michael Pinsky went to the student lounge to watch a Yankees game. Knowing there were plenty of other fans on campus, he was certain it would be packed. But the lounge was empty except for Vaidhy Murti, another fan, sitting on an adjacent couch. The two began to talk, becoming fast friends. But the pair realized it doesn’t always work that… Read More

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