Government

  • Gossip App Cloakroom Is Yik Yak For Washington Insiders Only

    Gossip App Cloakroom Is Yik Yak For Washington Insiders Only

    Capitol Hill feels a lot like a college, with thousands of twenty-somethings all working on the same campus, eating in cafeterias and taking summer recesses. Now the Hill even has its own Yik Yak with the launch of the anonymous forum Cloakroom. Cloakroom is a mobile app where Washington insiders can anonymously post their thoughts. You can only use Cloakroom if you are in the… Read More

  • Russians Implicated In Hack On White House After Obama Makes Cybersecurity Push

    Russians Implicated In Hack On White House After Obama Makes Cybersecurity Push

    The same Russian hackers who breached the State Department system for months also gained access to an unclassifed White House computer system, according to a report from CNN. Although the system did not contain classified information, the Russians reportedly had access to the president’s private schedule. The connected cyberattack on the State Department in recent months has been… Read More

  • When April Fools’ Day Gets More Love Than Good Policy

    When April Fools’ Day Gets More Love Than Good Policy

    Here is something to ponder: Silicon Valley will have gotten more work done on its April Fools’ Day jokes tomorrow than Washington has gotten done in the past several years. And that’s scary, for as much as playing PacMan on Google Maps is funny and maybe even endearing, driving on bridges ready to collapse is not. Read More

  • An Action Plan For Getting More Women In Tech

    An Action Plan For Getting More Women In Tech

    How can more women be encouraged into technology careers? It’s a question that is often put to delegates at tech conferences, but one which continues to be far harder to answer than it is to ask. The problem of gender imbalance in tech is systemic and societal in Western nations. It’s about expectations and aspirations. Read More

  • Tech Titans Blast New Anti-Gay Law In Indiana

    Tech Titans Blast New Anti-Gay Law In Indiana

    It’s hard to believe, after how far the gay rights movement has come, that we’re still doing this. But here we are. Republican Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has signed into law a bill that allows private businesses to discriminate against gay and lesbian consumers, according to CNN. The “Restoration of Religious Freedom Act” is meant to allow businesses and corporations to… Read More

  • SEC OKs Equity Crowdfunding, So Anyone Can Invest In Private Companies

    SEC OKs Equity Crowdfunding, So Anyone Can Invest In Private Companies

    Earlier this week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a new set of rules implementing Title IV of the JOBS Act. The release of these final rules further advances one of the core principles and goals of the 2012 law: to create an environment where emerging enterprises can raise public capital efficiently. Read More

  • All 650 UK House Of Commons Members To Get An iPad Air 2

    All 650 UK House Of Commons Members To Get An iPad Air 2

    Apple’s iPad Air 2 is getting its own ‘Oprah moment’ in the UK today, as all 650 Members of Parliament in the UK House of Commons members are getting the devices following the general election coming up in May. Already, about 209 of the governing body’s members have an iPad, but the Apple tablet will be standard issue once this new initiative goes live. The standard… Read More

  • How The White House Is Leading The National Effort On Civic Innovation

    How The White House Is Leading The National Effort On Civic Innovation

    Silicon Valley, Uncle Sam needs you! No, I’m not talking about just your checkbook. Many of us who work in tech and live in California are accustomed to calls from candidates and campaigns asking for money every couple of years. But this request is much different. Members of a new White House effort, the U.S. Digital Service (USDS), have been making house calls, from Sand Hill Road to… Read More

  • Congressman Darrell Issa | SXSW 2015

    Darrell Issa: Government Shouldn’t Protect Dinosaur Industries

    Congressman Darrell Issa, a Republican from California showed up at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas  last week and he had a lot to say about the government’s role when it comes to technology entrepreneurs — mostly that it should stay the heck out of the way. When talking about disrupted industries Issa said, “First of all, it’s not our job to protect dinosaur… Read More