Politics

  • Money And Politics: Bitcoin’s Governance Crisis Crunch Network

    Money And Politics: Bitcoin’s Governance Crisis

    A lot of intriguing and conflicting things have been said about Bitcoin in the past few years. Some see it as the salvation of the financial system, others as a new toy, appealing only to the technologically savvy. Say what you will, but so far, Bitcoin is a technological success. Minor glitches aside, the developer community that originally rallied to launch this project forward turned an… Read More

  • Algocracy

    Algocracy

    Every day throughout the United States, there are thousands of patients waiting for a compatible organ. Supply never meets demand, a function of our voluntary system of organ donation as well as the consistent ban on paid organs. Some patients may get lucky and get an organ just in time, while others never do. Luck, though, is only a small part of the probability of receiving an organ. UNOS… Read More

  • Rand Paul Appoints Bitcoin-Friendly Overstock CEO To Tech Counsel

    Rand Paul Appoints Bitcoin-Friendly Overstock CEO To Tech Counsel

    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has appointed Overstock.com CEO Patrick Bryne to his tech counsel, a group that includes Michele Weslander Quaid of Google, and Brandon Hudgeons of Schoox and will help shape the presidential candidate’s tech platform. Read More

  • UK Elections Get A Partisan Spin From The Startup World

    UK Elections Get A Partisan Spin From The Startup World

    “Startup businesses back the Conservatives,” screamed last week’s headline in The Guardian newspaper. In a move that feels somewhat unprecedented for the U.K.’s startup scene, which isn’t especially known for ‘doing politics’, more than 90 tech entrepreneurs have signed a letter declaring their support for the return of a Conservative-led government… Read More

  • White House Report Sees Potential, Pitfalls Of Big Data

    White House Report Sees Potential, Pitfalls Of Big Data

    A new report released by the White House today outlines the potential and pitfalls of big data in our lives. While there is tremendous economic and social promise from big data, there is also equal prospect for abuse, especially when it comes to privacy and personal data protection. President Obama plans to file several pieces of legislation in the coming months around consumer privacy and… Read More

  • House Of Representatives Passes Amendment To Cut Off Funding For NSA’s “Backdoor” Searches

    House Of Representatives Passes Amendment To Cut Off Funding For NSA’s “Backdoor” Searches

    The House of Representatives has passed by a landslide an amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill that will cut off funding to National Security Agency’s “backdoor” surveillance. The act, which places limits on how the NSA can gain access to communication, including email, online browsing, and chat histories, still has to gain Senate approval, but it represents a… Read More

  • ISPs Create Fake Grassroots Groups To Fight Net Neutrality

    ISPs Create Fake Grassroots Groups To Fight Net Neutrality

    Right on cue, the big corporations who stand to lose the most from the treatment of Internet connectivity as a public utility are allegedly creating “grassroots” organizations that are really fronts for expensive lobbying operations. For example, one organization, Broadband for America, is funded almost entirely by the National Cable and Telecom Association. Vice has an… Read More

  • Watch John Oliver’s Brilliant, Concise Primer On Net Neutrality

    Watch John Oliver’s Brilliant, Concise Primer On Net Neutrality

    If you are a regular reader of TechCrunch, then you are probably up to speed on the issue of net neutrality. If you aren’t, however, SHAME ON YOU. Just kidding. As HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host (and two-time Crunchies emcee) John Oliver said in a rousing call to action last night, “cable companies have figured out the great truth of America: if you want to do… Read More

  • What Games Are: The Politics Of Play Matter Crunch Network

    What Games Are: The Politics Of Play Matter

    As Nintendo’s PR gaffe around Tomodachi Life shows, it’s all too easy to get game politics wrong. But more than that the politics of representation, identity and money are becoming important forces in the dynamics of understanding games in general. Game makers increasingly have to be aware of identity, gender, orientations and so on, and not just in a token manner. Read More

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