Policy

  • Twitter finally bans Milo Yiannopoulos, one of its most notorious trolls

    Twitter finally bans Milo Yiannopoulos, one of its most notorious trolls

    Twitter has permanently suspended Milo Yiannopoulos, an editor at the conservative news outlet Breitbart and one of its most notorious trolls. The expulsion of Yiannopoulos, who counted more than 300,000 followers on the service, comes just one day after he urged on a hateful mob that harassed ‘Ghostbusters’ actress Leslie Jones to the point that she quit Twitter. Jones received… Read More

  • Harassment of Ghostbusters’ Leslie Jones shows Twitter needs to change

    Harassment of Ghostbusters’ Leslie Jones shows Twitter needs to change

    Leslie Jones, the star of the new “Ghostbusters” reboot and a cast member on “Saturday Night Live,” announced she was leaving Twitter after trolls bombarded her with racist comments. “I leave Twitter tonight with tears and a very sad heart,” Jones tweeted before going silent on her account, where she’d spent the last several days battling trolls. Read More

  • UK government warned to act fast on Brexit risks

    UK government warned to act fast on Brexit risks

    A UK parliamentary committee looking at issues pertaining to the digital economy has warned of multiple risks in the wake of last month’s referendum vote to leave the European Union. Read More

  • Why metadata should not live forever Crunch Network

    Why metadata should not live forever

    The surge in encrypted traffic and a wide adoption of end-to-end encryption by mainstream tech companies is a transformative shift in information security. Billions of online users now enjoy default peer-to-peer security, shielding the content of web communications from prying eyes of criminals and corporate surveillance. Yet the industry continues to collect and store massive amounts of metadata. Read More

  • How to circumvent Turkey’s social media block

    How to circumvent Turkey’s social media block

    Access to several social media sites was blocked for over an hour in Turkey today during a reported military coup. Although internet traffic appears to be flowing normally again, Turkey’s government frequently responds to political events by blocking certain websites or throttling traffic.  “We saw the throttling of connections from Turkey to Twitter and Facebook just after… Read More

  • A Vice President Pence would be bad for building US culture of innovation

    A Vice President Pence would be bad for building US culture of innovation

    With a tweet from The Donald himself, it’s official that Governor Mike Pence of Indiana will be Donald Trump’s running mate. But Gov. Pence’s record in the tech industry has been clumsy at best. Perhaps knowing he needed to step up his tech efforts, the Governor has been loudly parading his “new” innovation and entrepreneurship plans for the state of Indiana in… Read More

  • Microsoft triumphs in warrant case against U.S. Government

    Microsoft triumphs in warrant case against U.S. Government

    In a surprise federal court ruling, Microsoft has won its lawsuit against the United States Government over a warrant for a customers’ emails. The company has been fighting since 2013 to resist turning over the emails, which are stored in an Irish data center. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled today that Microsoft is not required to comply with a warrant for the… Read More

  • What’s Peter Thiel going to say at the Republican National Convention?

    What’s Peter Thiel going to say at the Republican National Convention?

    Peter Thiel, Silicon Valley’s own wild card, is slated to speak at the Republican National Convention next Thursday, according to the New York Times. Though Thiel has previously voiced support for the presumptive nominee, his views have historically not fully aligned with the Republican Party. Thiel is a known Libertarian. He donated to Ron Paul in the past who straddles the lines between… Read More

  • Strike the right balance on drone policy Crunch Network

    Strike the right balance on drone policy

    Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — more commonly referred to as drones — are on the cusp of a major commercial trial that has the power to save thousands of lives. This pilot [program isn’t taking place in the Bay Area or Boise or Boston. Instead, it will take place 7,200 miles away — in Rwanda. Read More

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