Government

  • Politwoops Is Back Online Tracking Politicians’ Tweet Deletes

    Politwoops Is Back Online Tracking Politicians’ Tweet Deletes

    Politicians in 25 countries will be shifting a little more uneasily on their benches this week as Politwoops, the service that tracks politicians’ deleted tweets, and can thus flag up attempts to edit previously expressed public opinions or cover up gaffes (as well as more mundane stuff like typos), has gone back online. Read More

  • UK Open Rights Group Crowdfunds Mass Surveillance Explainer

    UK Open Rights Group Crowdfunds Mass Surveillance Explainer

    Proof, if proof were needed, that democracy is a cat and mouse game of PR these days… Civil rights campaign organisation, the Open Rights Group, is running a crowdfunding campaign to try to raise £20,000 to fund a challenge to the U.K. government’s own massive PR machine which is in the midst of driving the draft Investigatory Powers bill through Parliament and onto the statute… Read More

  • Gabriel Stricker Returns To Google To Lead Policy And Communications For Fiber

    Gabriel Stricker Returns To Google To Lead Policy And Communications For Fiber

    During all of Twitter’s changes this year, one move stuck out as quite significant…its Chief Communications Officer Gabriel Stricker announced that he was leaving the company. A “shift in strategy” is the way the story went. Before Twitter, Stricker held down the role of “Director of Global Communications & Public Affairs” at Google. We’ve learned… Read More

  • A Wake-Up Call To Fight Government Surveillance Crunch Network

    A Wake-Up Call To Fight Government Surveillance

    Look around any crowded place nowadays and it’s quite clear that many of us have literally become prisoners of our own devices: smartphones, tablets, laptops — anything and everything with an Internet connection. Our lifestyles practically require us to always be on, and connected to everyone else. Read More

  • Facebook Confronts The Free Internet Neutrality Dilemma

    Facebook Confronts The Free Internet Neutrality Dilemma

    The subject of contention is Free Basics, Facebook and Internet.org‘s app that offers free data access but only to a limited section of the Internet. Free Basics is available in roughly 35 countries through Facebook’s partnerships with mobile carriers who see it as a way to persuade people to buy data plans. But Facebook’s control over the technical guidelines for what… Read More

  • Illinois Attorney General Says DraftKings And FanDuel Are Illegal Under State Law

    Illinois Attorney General Says DraftKings And FanDuel Are Illegal Under State Law

    In the words of DJ Khaled: “Another One!” Jumping on the daily fantasy sports bandwagon, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has joined NY AG Eric Schneiderman in deciding that DraftKings and FanDuel violate state law. In a letter responding to an inquiry by state representatives Elgie Simms and Scott Drury, Madigan explains that she believes both FanDuel and DraftKings… Read More

  • Kim Dotcom Ruled Eligible For Extradition to US, Will Appeal

    Kim Dotcom Ruled Eligible For Extradition to US, Will Appeal

    After a ten week trial and more than 3 years after the raid on Kim Dotcom’s mansion, a New Zealand judge has denied an extradition stay for Kim Dotcom and his three business associates. This means that the group is now eligible to be extradited to the United States to face copyright related charges stemming from his involvement in file-sharing site MegaUpload. However, this… Read More

  • Apple Opposes UK Surveillance Bill Over Encryption Concerns

    Apple Opposes UK Surveillance Bill Over Encryption Concerns

    Apple has submitted a formal statement to the bill committee working on a new complex and controversial surveillance law in the U.K., The Guardian reports. The submission was just released, and Apple is staying on course when it comes to privacy, saying that government backdoors could be used by anyone and weaken the security of hundreds of millions of devices. Read More

  • FBI: We Did Not Seize Shkreli’s Wu-Tang Album

    FBI: We Did Not Seize Shkreli’s Wu-Tang Album

    In the latest episode of “holy shit, how is this guy not in jail…oh, he is…cool”, the FBI was forced to make a statement about today’s arrest of Martin Shkreli for securities fraud. In case you don’t know, Shkreli acquired an unreleased album by the popular rap group Wu-Tang Clan for $2M. There is only one copy of “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin”… Read More

  • Google Self-Driving Car’s Chris Urmson On California DMV: “Same Old Status Quo”

    Google Self-Driving Car’s Chris Urmson On California DMV: “Same Old Status Quo”

    Yesterday, the California DMV posted a draft of proposed regulations for self-driving vehicles. Obviously, Google was waiting to see what came down and now that they’ve had some time to look through it all, their head of the Self-Driving unit, Chris Urmson, has responded with a Medium post. Since these regulations are in draft form, the long back and forth between companies and the… Read More

  • A Proposed California Law Would Require Drivers For Driverless Cars

    A Proposed California Law Would Require Drivers For Driverless Cars

    In what is sure to be seen by some as government interference and general misunderstanding of technology, the California Department of Motor Vehicles has released a proposal that would require drivers to be present in self-driving vehicles in the state. That limits any possibility for parents to send their kids off alone, any delivery services hoping to utilize autonomous vehicles without… Read More