activism

  • What Betsy DeVos means for edtech Crunch Network

    What Betsy DeVos means for edtech

    Betsy DeVos was barely confirmed last week as the new Secretary of Education –- or should I say bearly. In her welcome address to the Department of Education on Wednesday, Secretary DeVos made light of her remark about schools needing guns to protect children from grizzly bears: “For me, personally, this confirmation process and the drama it engendered has been a … bit of a… Read More

  • 5 Calls debuts what may be the easiest way to call your reps yet

    5 Calls debuts what may be the easiest way to call your reps yet

    A growing number of political activist websites have popped up in recent days to help those opposed to the Trump administration’s policies and agenda to take action. But a new one, 5 Calls, has just launched its simple online tool that makes the more cumbersome process of getting in touch with your representatives a lot easier than before. The site, created by a team of volunteers… Read More

  • Whitehouse.gov petition seeking Trump tax returns flies past 100,000 signature goal

    Whitehouse.gov petition seeking Trump tax returns flies past 100,000 signature goal

    A Whitehouse.gov petition calling for President Donald Trump to immediately release his tax returns has surpassed the 100,000-signature threshold in under a day, garnering a Whitehouse response. It’s not clear that the current administration intends to follow the practice established under Former President Barack Obama, of accepting petitions online, reviewing and responding to… Read More

  • Backing up the history of the internet in Canada to save it from Trump

    Backing up the history of the internet in Canada to save it from Trump

    When the Library of Alexandria burned, the world lost a significant portion of its cultural knowledge and history. That’s the fate that Brewster Kahle fears might await the Internet Archive under Donald Trump’s regime — and so he’s creating a backup of his renowned digital library in Canada. Every election cycle, voters disappointed by the outcome joke about moving… Read More

  • Uber To Allow Some People With Nonviolent Convictions To Become Drivers

    Uber To Allow Some People With Nonviolent Convictions To Become Drivers

    Uber is going to ease up on some of its driver-screening requirements in California in order to make room for people convicted of nonviolent crimes, The Wall Street Journal reported earlier today. Under Proposition 47, a California ballot measure that passed in 2014, people with low-level, nonviolent felonies for things like theft, check fraud and possession of drugs can apply to remove… Read More

  • Hacking For Cause: Today’s Growing Cyber Security Trend Crunch Network

    Hacking For Cause: Today’s Growing Cyber Security Trend

    What do the following data-breach headlines from the past year have in common? The Sony Pictures hack: Everything we know so far; Anonymous hackers release emails ordering bear cubs be killed; Hackers threaten to release names from adultery website … Connecting the dots yet? Read More

  • The Rise Of Female Hackers For Good Crunch Network

    The Rise Of Female Hackers For Good

    On May 23, 2015, hackers from 19 countries gathered online and in person for Femhack, a grassroots international feminist hackathon inspired by the life and work of Sabeen Mahmud. Passionate about civic technology, Mahmud started Pakistan’s first hackathon. Her efforts were not without controversy, and Mahmud paid for her activism with her life in April 2015. Read More

  • Australia to test Internet filtering (read: censorship) this month

    Australia looks to be moving ahead with its plan to censor Internet content on a country-wide level, and will test its array of filters later this month. To refresh your memory, the Australian government wants to block access to illegal material on the Internet, be it genuinely awful material like child pornography or something more controversial like terrorist Web sites. (Who’s a… Read More