President Obama explains why you can’t run the U.S. like a startup

Last week, the White House held its Frontiers Conference in Pittsburgh, with a focus on what the U.S. Government is doing for the future, in areas including space exploration, smart cities and more ef

Activists launch campaign asking President Obama to pardon Edward Snowden

Activists and lawyers from a host of human rights organizations launched a campaign today asking President Obama to issue a pardon to whistleblower Edward Snowden before Obama leaves office in January

President Obama has his virtual reality debut in new Felix & Paul experience

The White House’s new Messenger bot lets citizens send notes to President Obama

Sending a letter to the White House is getting a digital upgrade today. In addition to accepting hand-written missives by postal mail and emails, the public can now send a note to President Obama

Elizabeth Holmes quietly stepped down from Obama’s business ambassador program

Elizabeth Holmes, the founder and CEO of beset blood analysis startup Theranos, is no longer mentioned on the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) website. Holmes announced sh

After SXSW, here’s a roadmap for how the tech industry can change the world this year

More than ever before, SXSW featured discussions about improving civic engagement and how to use technology to help better the world -- from helping assist the 60 million refugees around the globe to

Watch Obama address the tech community at SXSW live right here

While most people think about hashtags, marketing stunts and <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2012/03/24/die-solomo-die/">SoLoMo</a> when they hear about the Interactive part of SXSW in Austin, this ye

Biden Comes To Silicon Valley For Innovation In White House Cancer Moonshot Initiative

Vice President Joe Biden showed up at the University of California San Francisco’s Genentech Hall this morning for a round table discussion with those in the tech industry about efforts towards a fu

#IStandWithAhmed Garners Support from Silicon Valley

Ahmed Mohammed, a 14-year-old who was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school, has gotten the attention of Silicon Valley. After news about the arrest spread, the #IStandWithAhmed hashtag

Developing Targeted Initiatives For Women Of Color In Tech

More than 30 diverse tech startups recently attended the first-ever White House Demo Day as part of President Obama’s Startup America initiative to call attention to the low numbers of women and min

America’s Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil Is Coming To Disrupt SF 2015

White House Chief Data Scientist and Deputy Chief Technology Officer for data policy DJ Patil is coming on stage with us at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2015. We’re excited to have him come and chat

New U.K. Government Focuses On Startups And Spooks

The U.K. voted in a General Election on Thursday. The result ends five years of coalition government, and ushers in five years of true blue Tory rule. Here's a quick round up of a few of the tech issu

The $25 Million Fine Isn’t The Real AT&T-FCC Story

It’s easy to focus on big financial penalties. All of us intuitively feel the pain of writing the FCC a check for $25 million. But if you’re focusing on the monetary pay out in the FCC’s consent

President Obama Taps Twitter Vet Jason Goldman As White House’s First Chief Digital Officer

President Obama announced this morning that Jason Goldman, a longtime tech industry executive best known for his work alongside Ev Williams during the formative years of products such as Blogger, Twit

How The White House Is Leading The National Effort On Civic Innovation

Silicon Valley, Uncle Sam needs you! No, I’m not talking about just your checkbook. Many of us who work in tech and live in California are accustomed to calls from candidates and campaigns asking fo

Obama Plans to Boost American Wages With Tech Training

The unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been since President Obama first took office, but American wages remain stagnant. Despite an average of 200,000 jobs created every month for the past 12

President Obama Asks That Germans Give US “The Benefit Of The Doubt” On NSA Spying

In a press conference, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Obama both spoke favorably of American intelligence work. In 2013, news that the United States’ National Security Agency (NS

U.K. PM To Take His Anti-Encryption Drum-Banging To Obama’s Doorstep

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron is evidently not done banging the anti-encryption drum in public yet -- despite being slammed by Internet security experts, startup investors and others earlier this

The Privacy Implications Of NSA Searches Should Not Be Minimized

The Obama administration on Sunday attempted to downplay the damning revelations made in the Washington Post about the National Security Agency’s (NSA) broad data sweeps under Section 702 of the For

President Obama Hits Up The Youths On Tumblr

The President took to Tumblr today, answering users’ questions on topics relating to education. It was another example of the President using alternative mediums to attract the attention of youn
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