Policy

  • 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

  • Facebook explains censorship policy for Live video

    Facebook explains censorship policy for Live video

    Facebook only removes content if it celebrates or glorifies violence, not if it’s only graphic or disturbing, according to a spokesperson. Facebook also insists that the video of Philando Castile’s death was temporarily unavailable due to a technical glitch that was Facebook’s fault. That contradicts theories that the video disappeared due to Facebook waffling on whether… Read More

  • If you’re waiting for a self-driving car revolution, keep waiting Crunch Network

    If you’re waiting for a self-driving car revolution, keep waiting

    Not a week goes by without some sort of development in the world regarding self-driving cars — the subject consistently finds a place in any given news cycle. But if you’re waiting for a self-driving car revolution, you better keep waiting. Sure, the technology is there, but there are plenty of legal and regulatory battles that will have to take place before consumers are being… Read More

  • France wants to rethink the state as a platform

    France wants to rethink the state as a platform

    When you think about filing forms and requesting information from various administrations, chances are you get a headache. But it shouldn’t be like that. When you create an account on Spotify using Facebook Connect or request an Uber in just a few taps, it’s perfectly seamless — technology isn’t working against you. It’s clear that public services should use the… Read More

  • Bulgaria now requires (some) government software to be open source

    Bulgaria now requires (some) government software to be open source

    Fans of free and open-source software are rejoicing today at the news that Bulgaria will now require all software written for the government must be FOSS. But while this is a promising advance, don’t expect a major change in the way things work. Read More

  • Marrakesh Treaty will limit copyright, easing book access for blind and print-disabled worldwide

    Marrakesh Treaty will limit copyright, easing book access for blind and print-disabled worldwide

    It’s difficult enough already for the visually impaired to read the books and publications sighted people take for granted, but it’s downright impossible when the content isn’t even available in accessible formats. Fortunately, a global agreement aimed at alleviating the problem passed a major milestone today and may take effect before the end of the year. Read More

  • Tech’s real role in student debt

    Tech’s real role in student debt

    Hillary Clinton’s campaign advisers sought to explain the student debt deferment portion of her tech agenda on a call with reporters today, after the item generated criticism that the plan would provide financial benefit to wealthy members of the tech sector. Read More

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