Government

  • Tell SF’s City Government Where The Google Buses Should Be

    Tell SF’s City Government Where The Google Buses Should Be

    Now that the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has approved a pilot program to oversee tech commuter buses from the peninsula, they’re asking for feedback from the community. A few weeks ago, the board of the SFMTA approved a program where tech companies like Apple, Google and Facebook would have to pay $1 for every stop they made. This week, the agency just opened up a… Read More

  • One Silicon Valley, Under Libertarian Hero Senator Rand Paul

    One Silicon Valley, Under Libertarian Hero Senator Rand Paul

    Internet-savvy Tea Party activists have shoved the once small-government fringes of the Republican party into the spotlight, with Libertarian-leaning Sen. Rand Paul a leading figure. At the State of the Net Conference, I spoke with this new leader in the Republican party, asking about what life would be like for innovators if he and his small-government brethren continue their rise to… Read More

  • In Russia, Bathroom Mirror Watches You!

    In Russia, Bathroom Mirror Watches You!

    In Russia, spying on visitors is so pervasive, authorities don’t even seem realize that watching someone shower is cause for alarm. During a press meeting on the Winter Olympics, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak claimed that Western journalists were deliberately sabotaging the hotel facilities. As evidence, he said authorities had seen guests leave the water running in the shower. Yes… Read More

  • Republicans Defend Websites That Tricked Donors Into Believing They Were Pro-Democrat

    Republicans Defend Websites That Tricked Donors Into Believing They Were Pro-Democrat

    The National Republican Congressional Committee is defending websites that have tricked some Democratic donors into funding the opposition. For instance, as seen in the picture above, the URL contribute.sinkforcongress2014.com, with a professional photo of Democratic candidate Alex Sink, is actually a Republican website run by the NRCC. Below the giant “Alex Sink for Congress” is… Read More

  • Europe’s Antitrust Chief Almunia Clears Google On Search Probe; Competitors Up In Arms

    Europe’s Antitrust Chief Almunia Clears Google On Search Probe; Competitors Up In Arms

    Joachin Alumnia, the European Commission’s antitrust chief, has today finally given his final verdict on a decade-long antitrust investigation over its search practices against Google: the U.S.-based giant has been given all-clear and will now move forward on implementing remedies, after submitting proposals a third time around. But as soon as decision was made public, Google’s… Read More

  • Apple And Others Fund $750 Million In Education Gadgets And Internet Broadband

    Apple And Others Fund $750 Million In Education Gadgets And Internet Broadband

    Major tech companies are giving away $750 million worth of products to help bridge the digital divide. During a speech earlier today, Obama gave details about the pledges from the tech companies, along with a commitment to connect more schools with broadband Internet. Here’s the breakdown: Apple’s pledging $100 million in iPads, Macbooks, products and teacher training. AT&T… Read More

  • White House Conspicuously Silent As It Attacks A Bill To Make Spending Transparent

    White House Conspicuously Silent As It Attacks A Bill To Make Spending Transparent

    Barack Obama’s presidency was supposed to usher in a new wave of data transparency. And, with the exception of the NSA, the administration has pioneered groundbreaking open government initiatives, from maps of stimulus spending to the vaults of consumer energy use. But, as the Senate pushes to make federal spending transparent to the public, forces inside the White House are silently… Read More

  • Those NSA Transparency Reports From Google Aren’t So Transparent

    Those NSA Transparency Reports From Google Aren’t So Transparent

    Google, Facebook, Microsoft and LinkedIn all made headlines today for releasing “transparency” reports about the number of users for which the U.S. government has requested data. We now know that major Internet companies have given up personal information from between 0-15,999 user accounts, but we don’t know what exactly was given up or whether additional data was taken… Read More

  • Democrats Introduce Open Internet Preservation Act To Restore Net Neutrality

    Democrats Introduce Open Internet Preservation Act To Restore Net Neutrality

    Democrats in the House and Senate today introduced the Open Internet Preservation Act, a bill that would reinstate now-defunct net neutrality rules that were shot down last month. Net neutrality, in its most basic form, is the idea that ISPs must treat all Internet data the same. Under its regime, ISPs are not allowed to selectively speed up or slow down information requested by their… Read More

  • Microsoft, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google And Yahoo Join Apple In Revealing More On NSA Requests

    Microsoft, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google And Yahoo Join Apple In Revealing More On NSA Requests

    All the big tech companies are opening up a bit more about requests made by the U.S. National Security Agency, with Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo and LinkedIn detailing new info included in their respective transparency reports today. The new reports now include how many requests for the data of its members it has received from the government, how many total users were affected, and… Read More

  • Regulators Frosty On Possible Wireless Consolidation

    Regulators Frosty On Possible Wireless Consolidation

    Regulators are not enthused about a possible Sprint and T-Mobile U.S. merger agreement, voicing concerns that further consolidation of the market could lead to reduced competition. The New York Times reported earlier today that William Baer, assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice’s antitrust division, said it would be “hard for someone to make a persuasive case… Read More