White House

  • 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

  • Google Blasts Media Implications That It Runs That Town

    Google Blasts Media Implications That It Runs That Town

    Google, a search company, fired back today at a string of reports published in the Wall Street Journal over the past few weeks that have brought the company and its business practices under scrutiny. The collection of pieces implied that Google has decision-tilting influence in the federal government, and that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) all but went against its own internal views… 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

  • Apple Pay Coming To Federal Institutions Starting In September

    Apple Pay Coming To Federal Institutions Starting In September

    Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke at the White House summit on cybersecurity and personal privacy today, where he announced that Apple Pay will be available starting in September as a payment method for U.S. federal government services. To start, it’ll roll out for things like admission to national parks, with plans to also make it function with services like Social Security and… Read More

  • Watch Tim Cook Speak At President Obama’s Summit On Cybersecurity

    Watch Tim Cook Speak At President Obama’s Summit On Cybersecurity

    Today is President Barack Obama’s special White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection at Stanford University, and while a number of Silicon Valley executives will be notably absent at the event, Apple CEO Tim Cook is scheduled to speak for a 10 minute session kicking off at 10:45 AM PT (1:45 PM ET), and you can watch live above. The event runs all day, so you can watch… Read More

  • Drone Maker DJI Rolls Back Buggy Update That Restricted D.C. Flights Following White House Crash

    Drone Maker DJI Rolls Back Buggy Update That Restricted D.C. Flights Following White House Crash

    DJI, the maker of the drone which crashed on the White House lawn last month, is rolling back the software update that was designed to prevent flights over much of Washington D.C., citing “a small number of reported issues” with the software download. The update was pushed out fairly quickly after the national security incident, and used geo-fencing to prevent drones from taking… 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

  • U.S. Relaxation Of Trade Restrictions With Cuba Includes Greater Access To Internet Services

    U.S. Relaxation Of Trade Restrictions With Cuba Includes Greater Access To Internet Services

    The U.S. and Cuba are easing their diplomatic relations, the White House is announcing today, marking a relaxation of a relationship that has remained tense since the Cold War. Part of that easing will include “new efforts to increase Cubans’ access to communications and their ability to communicate freely,” according to information shared by the White House about the scope… Read More

  • The FCC Fires Back At the President’s Net Neutrality Plan

    The FCC Fires Back At the President’s Net Neutrality Plan

    This morning President Barack Obama presented a net neutrality plan, advocating for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reclassify broadband under Title II of the  Telecommunications Act. That solution has long been the favorite of the most ardent net neutrality advocates. The FCC’s Chairman Tom Wheeler quickly replied, noting just how far along the comment, and… Read More

  • NSA Reform Drifts Sideways In The Senate

    NSA Reform Drifts Sideways In The Senate

    According to Senate sources speaking to The Hill, the White House would prefer not to pass NSA reform in the coming lame duck Congressional session. Current chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Patrick Leahy, is trying to press forward with a vote on the bill that he authored — the USA FREEDOM Act — this year. The legislation has attracted approbation from… Read More

  • For President Obama, A Net Neutrality Reprise

    For President Obama, A Net Neutrality Reprise

    President Obama’s recent comments in favor of strong net neutrality regulations ignited a fresh round of media coverage: He’s opposed to Internet fast lanes! Hold loose everyone, we’re in charted waters. Read More

  • White House Reboots Its Tech Staff

    White House Reboots Its Tech Staff

    A number of moves this week: The White House announced its intention for Danny Marti to be its new piracy guru, departing national CTO Todd Park will return to Silicon Valley, but keep working for the government, Google X’s Megan Smith is said to be a top contender for the nation’s CTO role, and former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will sit on the Intelligence Advisory… Read More

  • Prepare For Emergencies Through Crowdsourcing

    Prepare For Emergencies Through Crowdsourcing

    If flooding in your town is imminent, do you know where to go to stay safe? If a heat warning has been put in place, can you find the nearest cooling center to cool down? Using the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s OpenFEMA Initiative, Appallicious created the Disaster Assessment and Assistance Dashboard (DAAD) that offers communities a tool for recovery efforts. 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

  • The White House Blasts Turkey For Blocking Twitter, Calls For Its Reinstatement

    The White House Blasts Turkey For Blocking Twitter, Calls For Its Reinstatement

    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today responded to the Turkish government’s attempt to block Twitter in the country. The suppressive effort failed in the most basic sense, as Twitter users could still tweet via SMS, or change their DNS settings and get around the block. Read More

  • White House Crowdsources Campaign To Prove Climate Change Problems

    White House Crowdsources Campaign To Prove Climate Change Problems

    The White House needs a few good data scientists to help its climate change campaign. Instead of creating all of the doomsday scenarios itself, the White House is opening up government data so that researchers can create their own simulations and also help the cities prepare for the impacts. “The Obama Administration is today issuing a call to America’s top private-sector innovators… Read More

  • White House Unveils Patent Protections, Including Crowdsourcing, To Help Find Prior Claims

    White House Unveils Patent Protections, Including Crowdsourcing, To Help Find Prior Claims

    The White House isn’t waiting for Congress to enact new intellectual property laws. President Obama has made good on his promise to go after so-called “patent trolls,” businesses that hoard legal ownership over inventions but don’t actually produce products. The latest series of executive orders is aimed at helping small businesses fight patent lawsuits, give… Read More

  • The White House Brings The Conversation Market Mainstream With Geek-Style Unconferences

    The White House Brings The Conversation Market Mainstream With Geek-Style Unconferences

    Giovanni Rodriguez is a long time social tech advocate who pinged me a few weeks ago about a series of geek-style unconferences he and his colleagues helped the White House get started. The work was serving as the foundation for a new consulting group he was helping lead. I was interested but skeptical, too. I don’t usually write about consulting groups but this seemed a bit different. Read More