White House

  • 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

  • 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