EU lawmakers launch tips hotline to catch Big Tech’s ‘shady’ lobbying

‘Astroturfing’ and other non-transparent lobbying tactics used to target digital policymakers in the European Union in recent years — including during a blitz of spending aimed at in

Report reveals Big Tech’s last minute lobbying to weaken EU rules

A new report has peeled back the curtain on big tech’s frenzied lobbying of European Union lawmakers as they finalize a major series of updates to the bloc’s digital rulebook. It reveals s

Twitter leads call for EU lawmakers to ‘think beyond Big Tech’

In a formalization of an earlier Twitter-led push to try to exert influence over fast-forming European digital regulations, the social media firm has used its Twitter Spaces platform to host the offic

Digging into Google’s push to freeze ePrivacy

Google has responded to allegations contained in a recently unsealed US antitrust lawsuit that it worked covertly to stall European Union privacy legislation that could have blasted a huge hole in its

US giants top tech industry’s $100M+ a year lobbying blitz in EU

The scale of the tech industry’s spending to influence the European Union’s tech policy agenda has been laid out in a report published today by Corporate Europe Observatory and LobbyContro

PR pitch to Ola reveals the inner workings of UK ride-hailing politics

A UK PR firm pitching to run an account for Ola has proposed running a campaign to politicize ride-hailing as a tactic to shift regulations in its favor. The approach suggests that, despite the appear

To curb lobbying power, Elizabeth Warren wants to reinstate the Office of Technology Assessment

In a move to correct the imbalance of power between technologically sophisticated corporations and the lawmakers who regulate them, presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren is proposing that Co

CrowdLobby wants to democratize political lobbying

Lobbying, whether we like it or not, is an effective way to enact political change. But it has historically only been available to special interest groups and corporations with hoards of cash on hand.

Tech’s massive tax cut Christmas present from Trump just cleared Congress

The Republican tax bill is ready for the president's signature. After forcing its second vote in two days, the bill passed the House with a vote of 224 to 201. The bill previously cleared the Senate w

Airbnb’s plan to compromise with cities as regulatory challenges pile up

Airbnb looks to be making a key strategy change with regards to its global lobbying efforts. After a failed lawsuit that made the company little progress in the state of New York, Airbnb is rallying b

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 narr

Tech industry lobbyists swept up in Guccifer 2.0 hack

Documents published by a hacker using the name “Guccifer 2.0” are shedding light on ties between tech industry lobbyists and Congress. Guccifer 2.0 claims to have stolen the documents fro

What we can learn from Uber and Lyft’s Austin recall and initiative efforts

Technology companies have faced years’ worth of criticism for being behind the times in dealing with political pressure. Unlike other, more old-line industries that saw regulations, taxing and spend

Google Among Top Lobbyists Of Senior EC Officials

How many meetings has Google gained with top European Commission officials since December? According to data compiled by anti-corruption advocacy organization Transparency International's EU office, t

US Government Still Leaning On Europe To Dilute Data Protection Reform Proposals

The U.S. government is continuing to lobby Brussels to water down plans to reform privacy legislation. The European Union's executive and legislative bodies are in the process of reforming the region'

DC Lobby Group Internet Association Lists Full Roster Of Tech Giants And Outs Manifesto

Washington DC-headquartered lobby group The Internet Association -- which named its president and CEO earlier this year -- has now unveiled its full membership roster and policy platform.

For It Before They Were Against It: Google Spent $400K On SOPA Lobbying

According to filings with the Federal Election Commission, Google spent approximately $390,000 (out of $3,760,000.00 total) on SOPA and PIPA lobbying including efforts to educate lawmakers on SOPA and

Crashing Washington: How CleanTech/Silicon Valley Can Have Their Cake And Eat It Too

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/wh-party-crasher.jpg"> <em>Editor's note</strong>: Guest writer Maury Litwack is a lobbyist, former Hill staffer, opinion writer and author o