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A Majority Of The Public Still Approves Of NSA Dragnet, 4 Graphs

CrunchGov Essential is a scannable roundup of technology’s influence on the day’s big issues. Below a feature post, we present the most thoughtful, outrageous, and inspiring stories told t

Taxi Groups Call For Eradication Of Rideshare Startups At SF City Hall Protest

San Francisco taxi labor groups called for the eradication of car ride-sharing startups and the imprisonment of some of their members at a protest in front of City Hall yesterday. "We want to see thes

Why Labor Unions And Silicon Valley Aren’t Friends, In 2 Charts

None of the Internet giants have unionized employees, which has made Silicon Valley a favorite target for civil libertarians. Earlier this month, after several prominent Bay Area technologists came

U.S. To Russia: We Won’t Kill Or Torture Snowden

The U.S. has pledged <a target="_blank" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/27/world/europe/edward-snowden.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytimes">not to seek the death penalty</a> for NSA-

Rep Goodlatte: Immigration Debate “Absolutely” Extends Into Fall, Possibly 2014

The Congressman in charge of assembling immigration reform in the House of Representatives has come to reassure the public that a bill can pass, but it could take a (very) long time. To alleviate the

Most Unproductive Congress Ever Could Kill Immigration Reform

It's looking less likely that high-skilled immigration reform will pass soon, if at all. Comprehensive immigration reform is currently sliced up into several smaller bills, waiting for the long, drawn

Play With An MIT Tool That Visualizes How The NSA Can Map Your Relationships

The brainiacs at MIT created a cool visualization program to map how the National Security Agency can understand your relationships based on who you contact via email and how often. While we still don

GOP Maj. Leader Eric Cantor On NSA And Investing In Small Government Technology

The House Republican Majority Leader and Congressman with the most charming southern drawl, <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2012/11/03/the-20-most-innovative-people-in-democracy-2012/">Eric Cant

Why Obama Was Never Going To Be A Civil Liberties Champion

Barack Obama was never going to be a champion of civil liberties; he leads a very old and quickly growing strain of the Democratic party that prioritizes the collective good over individual rights. Th

How Hackers Beat The NSA In The ’90s And How They Can Do It Again

While the world parses the ramifications of the National Security Agency's massive snooping operation, it's important to remember an earlier government attempt at data collection and, more important,

New Spying Reveal: NSA Maintaining Bulk Email And Browsing Data For Two Years

"The Obama administration for more than two years permitted the National Security Agency to continue collecting vast amounts of records detailing the email and internet usage of Americans," reports Th

CrunchGov Essential: How The Internet Helped Gay America Come Out Of The Closet

The U.S. has always included a sizable population of gay citizens. Without a way to coordinate their latent collective powers, discrimination and isolation forced them into the shadows. As the U.S. s

Snowden Still Seeking Asylum, Wikileaks May Publish Rest Of His Docs

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is in political limbo as he seeks asylum with any country that will help him escape from U.S. extradition. On a press call today, Wikileaks Editor Julian Assange <a ta

New NSA Warrantless Tactics Reveal Little Room For Presumption Of Innocence

The Guardian released new details about the National Security Agency’s spying practices, which reveals how analysts can store vast sums of data without a warrant. Specifically, if the NSA &#8220