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Where Silicon Valley meets governance

  • Where You Are Is Who You Are Even If It Is China

    Where You Are Is Who You Are Even If It Is China

    Where your cloud data is stored is, increasingly, critical to determining who controls it. Though many around the globe have become concerned about data storage in the United States, there are worse alternatives. Imagine, for example, if your personal data were stored on a cloud server in China, a nation-state actor well known for conducting cyber espionage against U.S. businesses and… Read More

  • Microsoft Continues Its Campaign Against A US Warrant Demanding Overseas Data

    Microsoft Continues Its Campaign Against A US Warrant Demanding Overseas Data

    A search warrant commanding Microsoft to turn over certain customer email data that is currently stored overseas was unfrozen late this week. The company declined to comply. In a statement, Microsoft said that it “will not be turning over the email and plans to appeal.” This protest act by Microsoft, arguing that domestic warrants should not be able to command access to data… Read More

  • White House Reboots Its Tech Staff

    White House Reboots Its Tech Staff

    A number of moves this week: The White House announced its intention for Danny Marti to be its new piracy guru, departing national CTO Todd Park will return to Silicon Valley, but keep working for the government, Google X’s Megan Smith is said to be a top contender for the nation’s CTO role, and former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will sit on the Intelligence Advisory… Read More

  • German Regulator Backs Google Over Publishers, As Europe Gets Embarrassing

    German Regulator Backs Google Over Publishers, As Europe Gets Embarrassing

    German regulators will not pursue a complaint brought against Google by a group of publishers for giving users access to their news articles. A number of German publishers, including Axel Springer and Burda, brought the action under a group called VG Media to demand Google pay them for making their articles available to the public on the search engine without paying them. But Andreas Mundt… Read More

  • Tor Exec Claims NSA Agents Supply It With Vulnerability Information

    Tor Exec Claims NSA Agents Supply It With Vulnerability Information

    The Tor Project, an effort to allow users to browse the Internet anonymously, thinks that it is receiving tips from spies focused on finding its flaws. Tor’s Andrew Lewman alleges that the folks tasked with finding ways to break Tor, are supplying the group with the information that they uncover. Not all, of course, but according to a quote published by the BBC, Lewman claims that… Read More

  • Federal Court Shuts Down Aereo’s Attempt At A Comeback

    Federal Court Shuts Down Aereo’s Attempt At A Comeback

    In an eleventh hour attempt to save its business following the Supreme Court’s ruling that it was illegal, Aereo changed its tune and claimed to be a cable provider in a court filing last month. But the Second Circuit Court Of Appeals isn’t hearing it. The Washington Post reported Thursday that the court denied the company’s request to reconsider the case, classifying the… Read More

  • Congresswoman Anna Eshoo Enlists Reddit Users To Rebrand Net Neutrality

    Congresswoman Anna Eshoo Enlists Reddit Users To Rebrand Net Neutrality

    Today in a video and accompanying post, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo asked Reddit users to help come up with new branding for net neutrality. The term ‘net neutrality,’ while useful, is being misused by some, according the Congresswoman. A new phrase — or word, perhaps — could clear the air, and help the average person grok just what it is we in tech are talking… Read More

  • Suits Optional As New Digital Team Moves Into The West Wing

    Suits Optional As New Digital Team Moves Into The West Wing

    Mikey Dickerson, the engineer credited with saving the botched rollout of HealthCare.gov, moved into the White House earlier this month to lead the new U.S. Digital Service (USDS). But just because he’s working a few steps from the Oval Office, Dickerson said he won’t be changing his style. “People are putting up with me walking around [Executive Office Building] and the… Read More

  • FCC Extends Net Neutrality Comment Period

    FCC Extends Net Neutrality Comment Period

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced Friday it would extend the net neutrality reply comment period from September 10 to September 15. The commission has already received more than 1.1 million comments, which it released to the public last week. That is the largest number of comments the FCC has ever received, with the exception of Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe… Read More

  • Senator Calls On FCC To Hold Net Neutrality Round Tables Outside Of Washington

    Senator Calls On FCC To Hold Net Neutrality Round Tables Outside Of Washington

    Senator Patrick Leahy recently called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to host round-table discussions about net neutrality outside of Washington. The agency previously announced that it will hold a number of sessions concerning the open Internet inside of the capital. The FCC should heed the senator’s call and follow through with hosting sessions around the country. It… Read More