CrunchGov

Where Silicon Valley meets governance

  • How The Tech Sector Can Help Stop Ebola

    How The Tech Sector Can Help Stop Ebola

    In our highly interconnected world, stopping Ebola is on everyone’s mind. The tech community has a significant role to play in the response because it offers solutions that can scale at the same rate as Ebola’s exponential growth. Many are already wondering how they can contribute. Over the past few weeks UNICEF has been contacted by more than 50 technology companies about the… Read More

  • The FTC Sues AT&T Over ‘Unlimited’ Data Claims

    The FTC Sues AT&T Over ‘Unlimited’ Data Claims

    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is suing AT&T for having “misled” millions of customers who purchase “unlimited” data plans for their phones, only to have the carrier later drastically reduce the amount of information they could access. According to the FTC’s complaint, AT&T throttled millions of customers tens of millions of times, sometimes after… Read More

  • Whisper Denies Tracking User Info And Sharing It With The U.S. Government

    Whisper Denies Tracking User Info And Sharing It With The U.S. Government

    Anonymous social media app Whisper might be tracking the location of users via GPS or IP address on their smartphones and then handing that info over to the U.S. Department of Defense, according to the Guardian. The Guardian says that during a three-day trip to discuss a partnership with Whisper, it discovered that the L.A.-based startup was pinpointing user locations within 500 meters, even… Read More

  • US Government Says No Single Entity Or Nation Will Control The Internet

    US Government Says No Single Entity Or Nation Will Control The Internet

    The U.S. reiterated its stance in favor of a multistakeholder model for Internet governance today. Speaking before the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker said that the United States will “not allow the global Internet to be co-opted by any person, entity, or nation seeking to substitute their parochial worldview for… Read More

  • Edward Snowden’s Privacy Tips: “Get Rid Of Dropbox,” Avoid Facebook And Google

    Edward Snowden’s Privacy Tips: “Get Rid Of Dropbox,” Avoid Facebook And Google

    According to Edward Snowden, people who care about their privacy should stay away from popular consumer Internet services like Dropbox, Facebook, and Google. Snowden conducted a remote interview today as part of the New Yorker Festival, where he was asked a couple of variants on the question of what we can do to protect our privacy. Read More

  • The NSA Won’t Disclose What It Leaked To The Public

    The NSA Won’t Disclose What It Leaked To The Public

    The NSA doesn’t like leaks. But it does like leaks when it chooses to leak, as then it gets to exert influence over the media, and thus potentially shape the public narrative. And as we have variously learned, not everything initially marked TOP SECRET//COMINT//NO FORN needs to stay that way, after all. Read More

  • For President Obama, A Net Neutrality Reprise

    For President Obama, A Net Neutrality Reprise

    President Obama’s recent comments in favor of strong net neutrality regulations ignited a fresh round of media coverage: He’s opposed to Internet fast lanes! Hold loose everyone, we’re in charted waters. Read More

  • EU Hangs Up On Fixed-Line Call Regulation Amid Mobile And Broadband Shift

    EU Hangs Up On Fixed-Line Call Regulation Amid Mobile And Broadband Shift

    Here’s an interesting sign of the times and the huge rush of mobile and broadband usage. Neelie Kroes, the outgoing VP for the European Commission overseeing communications and technology, has just announced that the EC will no longer regulate fixed-line calls, effective immediately, so that it can focus more of its attention on mobile and broadband — services that are seeing… Read More

  • FCC Slams AT&T With $105M Settlement For Bogus Customer Charges

    FCC Slams AT&T With $105M Settlement For Bogus Customer Charges

    The FCC slapped AT&T with the largest “enforcement action” in its history, the agency announced today. The total bill, $105 million, will include $80 million in payments to scammed AT&T customers, $20 million to “state governments participating in the settlement,” with the last $5 million going to the FCC itself, it said today in a statement. Read More