Government

  • Facebook Censors Blasphemous Pages To Comply With Turkey’s Demand, But Won’t Publish It

    Facebook Censors Blasphemous Pages To Comply With Turkey’s Demand, But Won’t Publish It

    When Google and Twitter receive legal threats from countries to censor controversial content or have their services shut down locally, they often publish them on ChillingEffects.org for transparency. But today when Facebook followed Turkey’s legal order to block Pages that defamed the Prophet Muhammad from Turkish users, it kept the demand private. Rather than get banned, Mark… Read More

  • Uber Will Cap Surge Pricing During Northeast Snowstorm

    Uber Will Cap Surge Pricing During Northeast Snowstorm

    With a huge blizzard bearing down on the U.S. Northeast, Uber is instituting a cap on its surge pricing during the storm. In an email being sent to New York passengers, the company said prices will not exceed 2.8x its usual fares. Read More

  • Facebook’s European Privacy Class Action Hearing Set For April 9

    Facebook’s European Privacy Class Action Hearing Set For April 9

    Some developments on the class action suit filed against Facebook over alleged privacy violations in Europe. Europe vs. Facebook, the group leading the suit now with 25,000 claimants in tow, has had its first hearing set for April 9, in a court in Vienna, marking the first time Facebook will appear in court over the case. The class action covers a number of areas ranging from data use… Read More

  • Apple Extends Its Crimea Block To Products And Services

    Apple Extends Its Crimea Block To Products And Services

    This past weekend, Crimea made tech news when it emerged that Apple and Valve had sent out notices to developers in the region informing them their accounts would be cut off, in line with U.S. sanctions against the region. Now Apple has extended that further, ordering retailers to halt all shipments and sales of products like the iPhone and Mac computers and services in the region… Read More

  • Uncle Sam Needs More Geeks

    Uncle Sam Needs More Geeks

    One of President Obama’s guests at this year’s State of the Union address was Kathy Pham, a health IT expert formerly of Google and IBM. Pham recently joined the federal government to make it easier for veterans to access the benefits they have earned – like her brother, who earned a Purple Heart for his service in Afghanistan. Kathy is exactly what this country needs. Uncle… Read More

  • Inmarsat Courts Developers, Opens Its Satellite Broadband Platform To All

    Inmarsat Courts Developers, Opens Its Satellite Broadband Platform To All

    Inmarsat, the UK-based satellite company that provides voice and broadband services to users in the air and on land and sea, is today announcing that it will open its platform for all developers to access. The move is calculated to help the company expand its services beyond its traditional customer base — businesses and individuals in remote areas that terrestrial networks… Read More

  • U.S. Hacked North Korea Before North Korea Hacked U.S.

    U.S. Hacked North Korea Before North Korea Hacked U.S.

    Ever wonder why President Obama so quickly and sure-footedly accused North Korea of hacking into Sony servers? Turns out, the United States had actually hacked into North Korean computer networks back in 2010, giving the government more confidence in their determination of the situation. The NYT reports that the NSA used Chinese networks to route themselves into North Korean computer… Read More

  • Foreign Founders Should Look Beyond Silicon Valley

    Foreign Founders Should Look Beyond Silicon Valley

    With an increasingly global map of startup hubs, Silicon Valley needs to look not just at the factors bringing talent in, but also the negative factors diverting talent elsewhere. When a hub’s defining trait is optimism, is any time spent thinking of the darker side of foreign founders’ life in Silicon Valley? Read More

  • The Hypocrisy of U.S. Cyber Policy

    The Hypocrisy of U.S. Cyber Policy

    The breakneck growth in internet usage over the past two decades has forced policymakers to confront a host of challenges, from how to regulate the sharing economy to who owns the infrastructure behind the “tubes” themselves. While tempers have flared on a number of these issues, I tend to give the benefit of the doubt to policymakers. The transformation of our society has been… Read More

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