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  • 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

  • U.K. PM To Take His Anti-Encryption Drum-Banging To Obama’s Doorstep

    U.K. PM To Take His Anti-Encryption Drum-Banging To Obama’s Doorstep

    U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron is evidently not done banging the anti-encryption drum in public yet — despite being slammed by Internet security experts, startup investors and others earlier this week for appearing to suggest he wants to outlaw strong encryption. Read More

  • The Privacy Implications Of NSA Searches Should Not Be Minimized

    The Privacy Implications Of NSA Searches Should Not Be Minimized

    The Obama administration on Sunday attempted to downplay the damning revelations made in the Washington Post about the National Security Agency’s (NSA) broad data sweeps under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Service Act (FISA). In response officials told the New York Times that “the agency routinely filters out the communications of Americans and information that is of… Read More

  • President Obama Hits Up The Youths On Tumblr

    President Obama Hits Up The Youths On Tumblr

    The President took to Tumblr today, answering users’ questions on topics relating to education. It was another example of the President using alternative mediums to attract the attention of young Americans. Notably, and infamously to some, the President answered questions on “Between Two Ferns” with Zach Galifianakis to promote Healthcare.gov. That effort led to a spike… Read More

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