Congress

  • The next investments in infrastructure should include more than roads and bridges Crunch Network

    The next investments in infrastructure should include more than roads and bridges

    While both political parties seem to agree that Congress should spend several hundred billion dollars on infrastructure, their spending plans ignore one of the most woefully out-of-date pieces of American infrastructure. Taxpayers should fund not just asphalt and concrete but also stimulate a huge increase in private investment for power. And not just power, but renewable power. No less an… Read More

  • The banana republic of big data Crunch Network

    The banana republic of big data

    There’s a reason Americans feel dispossessed by their government. We citizens have fewer and fewer opportunities for substantive interaction with our leaders. Corporate-funded organizations and narrow interest advocacy campaigns stand in as proxies for citizens as the distance grows between leaders and those they represent. This distance changes the dynamics of democracy. Read More

  • Obama wants to go to Mars, but will the next administration?

    Obama wants to go to Mars, but will the next administration?

    President Obama released an op-ed on CNN today, praising the accomplishments of NASA to date and encouraging the nation to keep its sights set on Mars. While it was an inspiring endorsement for NASA and space exploration, it comes on the tails of a congressional bill intended to prevent the next presidential administration from changing NASA’s plan to send humans to Mars by the… Read More

  • Making the case for a startup visa  Crunch Network

    Making the case for a startup visa 

    After failing to get their startup Udemy off the ground in their native Turkey, Eren Bali and Oktay Cağlar headed to the U.S. in 2009. Both knew that in the U.S., specifically Silicon Valley, they could gain the support and traction Udemy needed. Yet Udemy was not enough to get them into the country: The U.S. doesn’t have a visa specifically for entrepreneurs eager to launch businesses. Read More

  • Slowly but surely, Congress will join us in the 21st century Crunch Network

    Slowly but surely, Congress will join us in the 21st century

    With Congress’ approval ratings in the single digits, and in the midst of an ugly political season, our legislature might not appear as a hopeful place to start putting U.S. democracy back on track. Shows that depict Congress as sinister and conspiratorial don’t help its dismal reputation. The truth is less dystopian, if not as entertaining: Congress isn’t organized enough to… Read More

  • Tech and government: The state of our union Crunch Network

    Tech and government: The state of our union

    Tech innovators tend to operate with an ethos that they consider diametrically opposed to that of government, frequently leading to friction. Given the current regulatory, legal and political climate in our country, and while technology becomes increasingly more pervasive in our society, there is a need for the tech community to devote greater attention to what’s happening in… Read More

  • People are Facebook Live-ing the House sit-in too, Zuckerberg points out

    People are Facebook Live-ing the House sit-in too, Zuckerberg points out

    The use of Periscope to document the House sit-in has captured the hearts and minds of internetgoers, who proclaim the live-streaming app a necessity for liberty. Mark Zuckerberg would like to point out, though, that some people are using Facebook Live, too. Read More

  • INNOVATE2016: Candidate Erin Schrode harnesses tech and positivity for a new political generation Crunch Network

    INNOVATE2016: Candidate Erin Schrode harnesses tech and positivity for a new political generation

    Schrode’s campaign to become the youngest representative in Congress really caught fire on social media. Read More

  • A VHS-era privacy law in the Digital Age Crunch Network

    A VHS-era privacy law in the Digital Age

    As demonstrated by the overwhelming bipartisan support to overhaul the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, privacy laws passed in the 1980s are difficult to apply to today’s technology. Nowhere is this difficulty more evident than in cases dealing with the Video Privacy Protection Act. Read More

  • Startups to Congress: Strong data security keeps us competitive Crunch Network

    Startups to Congress: Strong data security keeps us competitive

    Over the past few weeks, Twilio has had the opportunity to meet with members of Congress and their staff who have taken on the difficult task of balancing security and privacy. We were struck by the sincere desire to understand how actions proposed by those in Washington impact smaller technology businesses. It’s been clear to us for some time that in order to get the full picture… Read More

  • Space exploration will spur transhumanism and mitigate existential risk    Crunch Network

    Space exploration will spur transhumanism and mitigate existential risk   

    When people think about rocket ships and space exploration, they often imagine traveling across the Milky Way, landing on mysterious planets and even meeting alien life forms. In reality, humans’ drive to get off Planet Earth has led to tremendous technological advances in our mundane daily lives — ones we use right here at home on terra firma. Read More

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