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  • #IStandWithAhmed Garners Support from Silicon Valley

    #IStandWithAhmed Garners Support from Silicon Valley

    Ahmed Mohammed, a 14-year-old who was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school, has gotten the attention of Silicon Valley. After news about the arrest spread, the #IStandWithAhmed hashtag was started on Twitter to show support for Ahmed and his family. According to BBC, a college student named Amneh Jafari started the hashtag because Ahmed reminded her of her brothers and she was… Read More

  • Developing Targeted Initiatives For Women Of Color In Tech Crunch Network

    Developing Targeted Initiatives For Women Of Color In Tech

    More than 30 diverse tech startups recently attended the first-ever White House Demo Day as part of President Obama’s Startup America initiative to call attention to the low numbers of women and minority tech entrepreneurs. Obama’s call to action included new public/private partnerships that promise to provide Americans with the opportunity to “pursue their bold… Read More

  • America’s Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil Is Coming To Disrupt SF 2015

    America’s Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil Is Coming To Disrupt SF 2015

    White House Chief Data Scientist and Deputy Chief Technology Officer for data policy DJ Patil is coming on stage with us at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2015. We’re excited to have him come and chat with us about his role as the first national data scientist. President Obama appointed Patil to his current position this spring. Patil was formerly the head of data science at LinkedIn but came… Read More

  • New U.K. Government Focuses On Startups And Spooks

    New U.K. Government Focuses On Startups And Spooks

    The U.K. voted in a General Election on Thursday. The result ends five years of coalition government, and ushers in five years of true blue Tory rule. Here’s a quick round up of a few of the tech issues and areas that are going to be in play over the course of this Parliament. Read More

  • The $25 Million Fine Isn’t The Real AT&T-FCC Story Crunch Network

    The $25 Million Fine Isn’t The Real AT&T-FCC Story

    It’s easy to focus on big financial penalties. All of us intuitively feel the pain of writing the FCC a check for $25 million. But if you’re focusing on the monetary pay out in the FCC’s consent agreement with AT&T for a data privacy lapse, you’re missing the real story. First, you need to be paying more attention to the agency that’s doing the fining here… Read More

  • President Obama Taps Twitter Vet Jason Goldman As White House’s First Chief Digital Officer

    President Obama Taps Twitter Vet Jason Goldman As White House’s First Chief Digital Officer

    President Obama announced this morning that Jason Goldman, a longtime tech industry executive best known for his work alongside Ev Williams during the formative years of products such as Blogger, Twitter, and Medium, has been named the White House’s first-ever “Chief Digital Officer.” The news was first reported by Politico. Goldman will be overseeing the White… Read More

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

    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

  • Obama Plans to Boost American Wages With Tech Training

    Obama Plans to Boost American Wages With Tech Training

    The unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been since President Obama first took office, but American wages remain stagnant. Despite an average of 200,000 jobs created every month for the past 12 months, the highest growth in 37 years, the average American worker wage hasn’t budged much since the 1970’s, according to the Pew Research Center. However, there’s an… Read More

  • President Obama Asks That Germans Give US “The Benefit Of The Doubt” On NSA Spying

    President Obama Asks That Germans Give US “The Benefit Of The Doubt” On NSA Spying

    In a press conference, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Obama both spoke favorably of American intelligence work. In 2013, news that the United States’ National Security Agency (NSA) had tapped Merkel’s phone caused a sensation. The United States promised to knock it off. Merkel, at the time, was less than pleased: “Friends don’t spy on each other,”… Read More

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