Politics

  • What Does A Downturn Mean For Tech Regulation? Crunch Network

    What Does A Downturn Mean For Tech Regulation?

    All it takes is a quick look at the market to see that we are in for a bumpy ride — and a longer-term downturn may be imminent. Tech is not immune to that, which means we’ll see a hit to valuations, VC funding and fundraising. Lots of experts have talked about what that might mean for activity in the tech sector broadly. But what does it mean for the intersection of regulation… Read More

  • U.S. Version Of Politwoops Comes Back Online To Track Politicians’ Deleted Tweets

    U.S. Version Of Politwoops Comes Back Online To Track Politicians’ Deleted Tweets

    Politwoops, a service that tracks politicians’ deleted tweets in an effort to hold elected officials accountable for the statements they make on social media, is now back online in the U.S. The restoration of the service, announced today by the Sunlight Foundation, follows Twitter’s earlier decision to restore Politwoops’ access to its API after previously having… Read More

  • Google Takes On Twitter By Integrating Real-Time Responses From Presidential Candidates Into Search Results

    Google Takes On Twitter By Integrating Real-Time Responses From Presidential Candidates Into Search Results

    Google announced today that it will begin testing an experimental feature will allow presidential candidates to respond to issues brought up during the Republican debate in real-time directly in Google’s search results. The search company says the feature is meant to “level the playing field” as it lets the candidates share their ideas or positions – even if they… Read More

  • Donor Data Is The New Currency Of Presidential Candidates Crunch Network

    Donor Data Is The New Currency Of Presidential Candidates

    As we head into the presidential primaries, there is no question big data and analytics will play a major role in targeting voters, driving contributions and ultimately determining who will be the next president. As we have transformed into a data-driven society and economy, this is to be expected. Read More

  • Will 2016 See The End Of Closed-Source Politics? Crunch Network

    Will 2016 See The End Of Closed-Source Politics?

    As the presidential primary campaigns heat up across both parties, voters are increasingly gravitating toward outsider candidates like Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz and Ben Carson — candidates promising to shake up the establishment, with the credentials (or lack thereof) to back it up. But of all the issues gaining traction around the debates and campaign stops, one that is… Read More

  • Will The Presidential Election Be Decided By Ad Blockers? Crunch Network

    Will The Presidential Election Be Decided By Ad Blockers?

    When Mitt Romney announced his presidential bid in June of 2011, Uber had been operating in NYC for less than a month, Steve Jobs was still alive and Siri hadn’t been born. It might not seem like that long ago, but in the four years since the last presidential race, mobile technology and media consumption habits have changed dramatically. Political campaign managers know this. Read More

  • Facebook Sees 23% Spike In Law Enforcement Requests For Data In The United States

    Facebook Sees 23% Spike In Law Enforcement Requests For Data In The United States

    Facebook revealed it received 23 percent more requests from law enforcement between January and June 2015 than in the second half of 2014. From January to June 2015, Facebook received a total of 17,577 law enforcement requests, targeting 26,579 users and accounts. From July to December 2014, the company received 14,274 requests affecting 21,731 accounts and users. Read More

  • To Win Over Voters, Politicians Can Learn From Online Marketers Crunch Network

    To Win Over Voters, Politicians Can Learn From Online Marketers

    Another political season is on the horizon and a relatively large field of candidates will be vying for the hearts, and sometimes the minds, of eligible voters. That means we will hear a number of slogans, sound bites and other messaging efforts to sway our allegiance. Politicians rely on certain techniques to craft these messages. Basically, they try to use to their advantage words that… Read More

  • Human Rights Groups Lambast Twitter For Banning Service That Tracked Politicians’ Deleted Tweets

    Human Rights Groups Lambast Twitter For Banning Service That Tracked Politicians’ Deleted Tweets

    Seventeen international human rights and transparency groups, including the Sunlight Foundation, EFF, Free Press, Open State Foundation, Human Rights Watch and others, are taking Twitter to task for its decision to ban the Politwoops tool last month, which was used to track politicians’ deleted tweets. Twitter had earlier banned the U.S. version of this tweet-tracking service in May… Read More

  • Money And Politics: Bitcoin’s Governance Crisis Crunch Network

    Money And Politics: Bitcoin’s Governance Crisis

    A lot of intriguing and conflicting things have been said about Bitcoin in the past few years. Some see it as the salvation of the financial system, others as a new toy, appealing only to the technologically savvy. Say what you will, but so far, Bitcoin is a technological success. Minor glitches aside, the developer community that originally rallied to launch this project forward turned an… Read More