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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  • 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

  • Senator Rand Paul Courts Tech’s Support For His Likely 2016 Run At SXSW

    Senator Rand Paul Courts Tech’s Support For His Likely 2016 Run At SXSW

    Trying to make the case that he is the tech community’s candidate in 2016, Senator Rand Paul took the stage at SXSW this weekend to discuss privacy and youth political engagement. Drawing applause from the room, the Republican from Kentucky said that he is the only candidate for 2016 who wants to bring an end to the National Security Agency (NSA) programs collecting bulk telephone… Read More

  • Q&A With The Congresswoman Taking On Gamergate

    Q&A With The Congresswoman Taking On Gamergate

    Earlier this week, Massachusetts Rep. Katherine Clark called other members of Congress to sign a letter with her that demands the FBI crack down on cyberstalking and online harassment. Clark first became involved in this issue when she learned one of her constituents, Brianna Wu, was a victim of Gamergate. Last year, Wu, a Boston-based video game developer, received a series of death and… Read More

  • Net Neutrality Rules Offer Few Surprises But Garner Plenty Of Reactions

    Net Neutrality Rules Offer Few Surprises But Garner Plenty Of Reactions

    From Capitol Hill to boardrooms, interested and affected third parties are predictably pouring in on the FCC net neutrality rules that were released this morning. The rules show how the FCC intends to enforce the open Internet policy it passed two weeks ago. Chairman Tom Wheeler has said he expects legal challenges to this order, and today’s release brings us closer to seeing the gloves… Read More

  • Here’s The Text Of The FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules

    Here’s The Text Of The FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules

    The FCC followed through on its promise to release a massive document laying out its new rules for net neutrality. The order comes two weeks after the board voted to classify broadband Internet as a utility. The FCC confirmed with TechCrunch last night that the order would be released today. The hundreds of pages in the report lay out a detailed plan for how net neutrality will be enforced. Read More

  • Congress Presses Uber And Lyft On Driver Background Checks

    Congress Presses Uber And Lyft On Driver Background Checks

    Ride-sharing companies are not strangers to Congressional inquiries. This week a group of Congressional Democrats hit the CEOs of Uber, Sidecar and Lyft with another letter, this time demanding the companies conduct more comprehensive background checks on their drivers to better protect customers from sexual assaults. Read More

  • Top FCC Lawyer: Agency Will Win “Inevitable” Legal Fight Over Net Neutrality

    Top FCC Lawyer: Agency Will Win “Inevitable” Legal Fight Over Net Neutrality

    Gigi Sohn, the FCC chairman’s special counsel for external affairs, spoke to TechCrunch about the net neutrality plan FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler released Wednesday. The plan, which will use Title II of the Communications Act to ensure open Internet, is the strongest protection of a neutral Internet that the agency has ever proposed. Sohn said the agency was “over the moon”… Read More

  • Health Insurance Provider Anthem Reports Massive Data Breach

    Health Insurance Provider Anthem Reports Massive Data Breach

    The nation’s second largest health insurer, Anthem, alerted its customers on Wednesday that hackers had stolen the personal information of likely tens of millions of customers. Personal information including addresses, birthdays, medical identification numbers, social security numbers and some income data belonging to both current and former customers were swept up in the cyber… Read More

  • With New Update, Yeti Hopes To Compete With Google In Local Search

    With New Update, Yeti Hopes To Compete With Google In Local Search

    Yeti, an app that is essentially Tinder for places, released an update today that makes it easier for users to use the app for local searches. Previously the app generated a stack of cards showing nearby restaurants, bars and activities, such as hiking routes or bike trails. Using the same interface as Tinder, you could swipe right to indicate that you like a place or left to discard it. Read More

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