CrunchGov

 

Where Silicon Valley meets governance

  • On California’s Bizarre Internet Eraser Law For Teenagers

    On California’s Bizarre Internet Eraser Law For Teenagers

    California has passed a well-intentioned law allowing teens to scrub their youthful indiscretions from the Internet. Starting in 2015, any minor can request that a digital service provider delete pictures of themselves passed out drunk at a Justin Bieber concert. The law doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, since nearly every imaginable service offers a delete button. Perhaps more… Read More

  • The NSA Review Panel Is An Even Bigger Joke Than We Previously Thought

    The NSA Review Panel Is An Even Bigger Joke Than We Previously Thought

    Today the AP reported that President Barack Obama’s promised NSA review panel is channeling the entity that it is supposed to inspect, hiding behind layers of government bureaucracy and obfuscating its work. The AP states that the review panel is lodged in offices provided by the Director of National Intelligence (DNI). Even more, the DNI is running its media strategy, vetting… Read More

  • You Win, Republicans. My GIF Reaction To Their GIF OpED

    You Win, Republicans. My GIF Reaction To Their GIF OpED

    GIFs are the hot new thing. News organization BuzzFeed.com, which has staked its future on dozens of GIF and listicle posts a day, now has a staggering 85 million unique visitors a month. Attention-starved politicians want in on the action. So last week, Republicans published out a GIF-filled attack article against Democratic opposition to an oil pipeline. It was an instant success; the… Read More

  • High-Skill Immigration Reform Likely Dead In 2013

    High-Skill Immigration Reform Likely Dead In 2013

    After much speech and pomp, it appears that general immigration reform is dead in 2013, ending with it the chance of positive change to how we handle high-skill immigration. It didn’t have to end this way, but here we are and we need to face the current reality. The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent reported yesterday that in the House, the so-called Gang of Seven will likely not… Read More

  • Why High-Skilled Immigration Reform Is Stuck

    Why High-Skilled Immigration Reform Is Stuck

    In April, the Senate put together a comprehensive immigration reform bill that was then sent to the House of Representatives where it currently languishes. Once wrapped into the larger comprehensive immigration reform push, high-skilled immigration reform’s success became dependent on the passage of the full bill. Read More

  • Why Zuckerberg Thinks Government Should Not “Move Fast And Break Things”

    Why Zuckerberg Thinks Government Should Not “Move Fast And Break Things”

    Silicon Valley has dramatically altered many aspects of our lives, but Congress still operates in the same way its horse-riding forefathers did. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is not only optimistic about Congress, but thinks its general operating principles are A-OK. “The cynical view is that everything is broken and sucks,” he told The Atlantic’s James Bennet at the… Read More

  • FWD.us Gives First Hard Numbers On Its Impact On Immigration So Far

    FWD.us Gives First Hard Numbers On Its Impact On Immigration So Far

    Is FWD.us really making a difference? Today it released its first quantified stats on its contribution to immigration reform, announcing that it drove 33,500 calls to Congress this summer and a total of 125,000 actions including social media shares. That’s not a stellar call count, but it represents solid work by the political action group founded and funded by tech leaders like Mark… Read More

  • Rep. Goodlatte Demands “Further Protections” From NSA Snooping

    Rep. Goodlatte Demands “Further Protections” From NSA Snooping

    Today Rep. Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, stated that he is “convinced that further protections” of the civil liberties of U.S. citizens are necessary following review of the nation’s surveillance efforts. Rep. Goodlatte’s statement follows his attendance of a classified briefing discussing current governmental use of the Foreign… Read More

  • The Flipped Classroom Boosts Grades 5%. Why That’s As Big As We Can Expect.

    The Flipped Classroom Boosts Grades 5%. Why That’s As Big As We Can Expect.

    Classrooms across the nation are adopting a new technology trend known as the “flipped” classroom, where students watch lecture videos as homework and teachers use class-time for discussion. First popularized by YouTtube sensation, Sal Khan, 3 years ago, the flipped model gained traction far faster than researchers had time to study it. Now, a new multi-year study of the… Read More

  • NSA Spying Justification Declassified

    NSA Spying Justification Declassified

    The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), America’s super-secret spy court, has finally revealed the legal justification for the National Security Agency’s phone record dragnet program. According to the decision, judges had declared that every single call record was relevant to the fight against terrorism, and thus legal for spy agencies to collect en masse. Perhaps… Read More