Politics

There’s no magic bullet for reversing the FCC’s net neutrality decision

Huge numbers of people are upset at the FCC's decision to undo its own highly popular net neutrality rules. But the grand plans to undo this mischief being announced left and right should be taken wit

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

Alabama Supreme Court blocks order to preserve digital voting records

Following an eleventh-hour order instructing voting officials in Alabama to keep the digital ballots generated in Tuesday's Senate election, the state's Supreme Court has issued a stay to block that d

Ed Lee, SF mayor who had a close relationship with the tech world, has died aged 65

Ed Lee, the mayor of San Francisco who worked closely with leaders in the city’s tech industry, has died after a heart attack aged 65. A statement issued by his office confirmed his passing afte

Senate Democrats press FEC to expand disclosure requirements to online political advertising

A group of 15 top Democratic senators are pushing the Federal Election Commission to expand disclosure requirements on political ads to include commercials distributed online.

Twitter employee deactivates Trump’s account on their last day

President Trump's infamous Twitter account, @realDonaldTrump went offline briefly on Thursday, setting forth a wave of confusion and emotions.

On Russia, tech doesn’t know what it doesn’t know

While the Senate has spent the better part of a year making sense of Russia's actions to influence the 2016 election, tech made quick work of its own analysis — or so it thinks. The glacial pace of

Antisocial media?

As Facebook finds itself publicly on the hook for enabling Russian agents to spread divisive propaganda via its platform, be it in the form of fake news, 'dark ads', issue pushing Facebook pages, and

More than 3,000 tech employees are volunteering their skills to turn the tables politically

More than 3,000 skilled tech workers have now signed on to help a nonprofit called Tech for Campaigns that injects tech talent into the campaigns of centrist and liberal candidates who need advice an

Twitter says it may “refine” its policies after reversing position on Blackburn campaign ad

For the second time in less than three weeks, Twitter has said it will look at its policies following controversy over tweets by a politician. On Tuesday, Twitter reversed a decision it made the day b

North Korean hackers stole South Korean and U.S. war plans

A member of South Korea’s parliament who sits on its defense committee is claiming that North Korean hackers have stolen some of his nation’s most sensitive military documents — incl

Senate Intel committee calls on Facebook to release Russian ads

In an update on the progress of its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, the Senate Intelligence Committee weighed in on recent revelations that have implicated major tec

Russia targeted election systems in 21 states, successfully hacking some

On Friday, the Department of Homeland Security notified nearly half of the U.S. states that their election systems were targeted by Russia-affiliated hackers in an attempt to influence the 2016 electi

Virginia just decertified its most hackable voting machines

Following a vote on Friday by the Virginia State Board of Elections, the state will take decisive action to ensure the integrity of its voting machines. Virginia’s election supervisors have inst

Facebook sold more than $100,000 in political ads to a Russian company during the 2016 election

Following its April post-mortem on its platform's role in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Facebook is out with some juicy new details. Most noteworthy given the public's intense interest in all t

Twitter users are calling out participants in the Charlottesville white supremacist rallies

As the nation recovers from yesterday’s tragic violence caused by pro-nazi and white supremacist rallies that took place in Charlottesville, Va., Twitter users have been mobilizing to identify t

The Wizards of Armageddon set up shop in Silicon Valley

The Research and Development Corporation (RAND) has helped the U.S. think through some of the toughest scientific and regulatory challenges since the 1940s. This year, the think tank is opening its fi

Thailand jails man for 35 years for Facebook posts that insulted its royal family

A man in Thailand has been sentenced to 35 years in prison after he was found guilty of insulting the country's royal family on Facebook. Identified only as Wichai, he is alleged to have published 10

Facebook inserts itself into politics with new tools that help elected officials reach constituents

Facebook this year has launched a number of features that make it easier for people to reach their government representatives on its social network, including “Town Hall,” and related int

French presidential frontrunner Macron’s emails leaked after alleged hack

Private emails from the campaign of the leading candidate in France's presidential election, Emmanuel Macron, have been posted online by an unknown source. The politician confirmed the leak in a state
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