Politics

  • Cloudflare explains how FBI gag order impacted business

    Cloudflare explains how FBI gag order impacted business

    Cloudflare issued its biannual transparency report yesterday, detailing the government requests for user data it received during the latter half of 2016. Many tech companies make regular disclosures about these types of requests in an effort to be more transparent with their users, and, following the passage of the USA Freedom Act, more and more of these disclosures include national… Read More

  • Oracle senior staffer resigns after CEO joins Trump transition team

    Oracle senior staffer resigns after CEO joins Trump transition team

    A senior staff member of Oracle Corp., George A. Polisner, has resigned after the enterprise tech titan’s co-CEO, Safra Catz, joined the Trump transition team and stated her enthusiasm for the president-elect. As we reported last week, Trump recently convened a meeting of tech leaders and his children at Trump Tower in New York. Prior to the meeting Catz issued a public statement… Read More

  • EFF urges companies to prepare for more surveillance and censorship

    EFF urges companies to prepare for more surveillance and censorship

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation – a group of tech pioneers trying to keep the Internet open and free – have published an open letter to tech companies pleading them to prepare for an era of increased Internet surveillance and censorship. The EFF is citing statements by Trump and his advisors regarding Internet control, net neutrality, and freedom of speech and the… Read More

  • Obama defends White House handling of Russian hacking

    Obama defends White House handling of Russian hacking

    In his final press conference of the year, President Barack Obama addressed intelligence community assessments that hackers, associated with the Russian government, tampered with the U.S. election in order to sway the victory to Donald Trump. He defended the White House’s handling of the situation. Read More

  • Larry Downes | INNOVATE 2016

    Is the tech world facing an apocalypse under President Trump?

    What can Silicon Valley expect from a Trump administration? According to tech policy expert Larry Downes, predicting this particular future is akin the world’s “worst game” of poker. “Everything is wild”, Downes says, because Trump has said next to nothing about technology. Anything could therefore happen, he suggests. It’s impossible to predict what… Read More

  • See you tomorrow in Wroclaw

    See you tomorrow in Wroclaw

    One more meetup in Poland! I’ll see you all tomorrow in Wroclaw and it’s going to be a hoot! Tomorrow’s meetup is after the IN-FERENCE conference on Friday, December 9 and it’s part of the IN-FERENCE conference. We’ll be talking medtech, biotech and anything non-fintech related. You can submit an application to pitch here. Please note that unless you hear from… Read More

  • Call to Action lets you phone your Congressperson with just a tap

    Call to Action lets you phone your Congressperson with just a tap

    The U.S. election has inspired more people to become politically involved, and one of the most practical and direct ways to have an impact is to directly call your Congressperson to have your voice heard. However scouring .gov websites can be a little frustrating, and today’s current crop of online resources for reaching Congress are often poorly designed or hard to locate. A new… Read More

  • Levie on what Trump could mean for tech

    Like many leaders in Silicon Valley, Box CEO Aaron Levie was a vocal supporter of Secretary Clinton. But after the shocking U.S. election outcome, the industry has been reflecting about what the next president could mean for the community.   We sat down with Levie for an interview at Box headquarters in Redwood City. While it’s difficult to know what the capricious Trump will actually… Read More

  • Analysis of social media did a better job at predicting Trump’s win than the polls

    Analysis of social media did a better job at predicting Trump’s win than the polls

    Many of the polls forecasted an easy win for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the U.S. presidential election, but we now know their prediction models were flawed. While data scientists are scrambling to figure out what went wrong, a number of social media analytics firms are touting the fact that their measurements did a better job of tracking the situation out in the real world, and saw… Read More

  • Google will display election results as soon as polls close

    Google will display election results as soon as polls close

    Google has been highly involved with connecting U.S. voters to timely information throughout this election cycle, by offering everything from voter registration assistance to polling place information in its search result pages. Today, the company announced plans to display the results of the U.S. election directly in search, in over 30 languages, as soon as the polls close. Web searchers… Read More

  • Kenyan startup Ushahidi launches a crowdsourced campaign to monitor the U.S. election Crunch Network

    Kenyan startup Ushahidi launches a crowdsourced campaign to monitor the U.S. election

    The Kenyan software company Ushahidi has launched a campaign to observe the upcoming U.S. elections. The operation, called USA Election Monitor, will track voting irregularities reported via website, email, Twitter and SMS and post accounts to an online interactive map. “It’s a citizen-inspired, citizen-led election deployment,” Ushahidi’s Executive Director Daudi… Read More

  • Democracy in the age of the Internet of Things Crunch Network

    Democracy in the age of the Internet of Things

    Who wants to read up on candidates’ policies, attend rallies or even watch a debate? You just want to jump into the bed of democracy with the one who turns you on politically, right? Who would bother to vote in the future if a set of sophisticated algorithms just identified, by trawling your data mine, your ideal candidate? Read More

  • YouTube: presidential debates were the most-watched political live streams ever

    YouTube: presidential debates were the most-watched political live streams ever

    YouTube’s airing of the U.S. presidential debates via news organizations’ live streams have clocked in as the most-viewed political live streams of all time, the company says. That’s not surprising, given the growing number of cord cutters, the international attention the debates have garnered, and the fact that, generally speaking, political live streams aren’t… Read More

  • You can now get daily election updates on Messenger, with NYT Politics’ new chatbot

    You can now get daily election updates on Messenger, with NYT Politics’ new chatbot

    If you can’t get enough presidential election news – that is, you’re some kind of glutton for punishment – there’s now a new way to get automated updates with the latest poll numbers, along with other election news via Facebook Messenger. The New York Times has launched a new elections news service via its NYT Politics Bot for Messenger that will text you… Read More

  • How to watch the final presidential debate online, if you dare

    How to watch the final presidential debate online, if you dare

    Hi. I know, I know. But listen, it’s only 19 more days. And at the very least, tonight’s third and final presidential debate is bound to offer the sort of entertainment value rarely seen outside of NASCAR crash compilations. Because, while we’re in a year of historically low approval ratings, the Nielsens are off the chart. And now, apparently, the “shackles” are off. Read More

  • ADL report indicates anti-semitism against journalists has exploded on Twitter

    ADL report indicates anti-semitism against journalists has exploded on Twitter

    According to a new report from the Anti-Defamation League, anti-semitic hate speech targeting journalists has seen a meteoric rise on Twitter — thanks to the rhetoric in the 2016 Presidential Campaign. Read More

  • Google adds ballot information to search results

    Google adds ballot information to search results

    Google is again stepping up its efforts to provide U.S. voters with all the information they need ahead of Election Day with the addition of ballot information to Google Search results. Web users who search for a query like “who’s on my ballot,” will now be presented with detailed information about the candidates, as well as information on your own state’s… 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

  • Google is running home page ads pushing people to get registered to vote

    Google is running home page ads pushing people to get registered to vote

    Google is upping its efforts at getting its U.S. users registered to vote, via a pop-up ad that now appears directly on the desktop home page. The company has historically made an effort to help web users get registered to vote and find answers to their voting-related questions by placing instant answers in its Search results. That has continued this year, as voter searches were redirected… Read More