Politics

Climate marches draw hundreds of thousands on Donald Trump’s 100th day in office

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators marched in cities around the country marking President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office with protests against his environmental policies. In Washington,

Microsoft publishes first National Security Letter in transparency report

Microsoft's biannual transparency report was just released and, like many other major tech companies that have been putting out their reports recently, the company has revealed its first National Secu

Stance’s app lets you record a message for your Congressperson, then leaves it on their voicemail

Want to call your senator or U.S. representative to let them know where you stand on an issue, but don’t have the time to hunt down their phone number, wait on hold, or continually redial to ge

Facebook officially launches “Town Hall” for contacting government reps, adds local election reminders

Earlier this month, TechCrunch reported Facebook was rolling out a new feature called “Town Hall,” which would allow the social network’s users to easily locate, follow and contact t

Facebook’s new ‘Town Hall’ feature helps you find and contact your government reps

In Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's nearly 6,000-word manifesto published last month, he laid out a number of global ambitions he had for the social network in the days ahead -- including one where its

Tutoring startup Toot launches into twin policy storms around education and immigration

Earlier this week, as President Donald Trump was readying his second attempt to block immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries, two entrepreneurs — a refugee from Iran and the daughter of

Politwoops adds realtime stats for politicians’ deleted tweets across 54 countries

Today Politwoops, the service that tracks politicians’ deleted tweets in an effort to hold elected officials accountable for the statements they’ve made on social media, announced it’s

Trump’s hiring freeze is taking jobs away from cybersecurity students

One of President Trump’s first moves in office was to order a sweeping hiring freeze across the federal government, preventing hiring for all jobs except for narrow exemptions in national secur

Trump is causing a political app boom, data shows

The growth of politically focused mobile apps has been booming since November, with the top five political apps receiving a combined 300,000 downloads across iOS and Android over the past three months

Trump supporters boycott Meetup after company creates #Resist groups, makes its politics known

Meetup, the site that helps people organize get-togethers like hiking trips and cooking classes, is taking a very solid political stance in the face of the new administration’s policies here in

Data shows a downward demographic spiral for Republicans

It’s clear Republicans hitched their wagon to a demographic they have successfully exploited at historic levels the last couple of decades. Yet in doing that they’ve still lost six of the last sev

How to make Facebook politics less painful

The social norms of in-person communication clearly don’t exist online, and Facebook is limited by constraints of design, structure and algorithms -- constraints that don’t exist in person. So how

When don’t f*** with people’s cars became don’t f*** with people’s phones

As the politics of not messing with people’s cars wanes, a new refrain has taken root -- don’t f*** with people’s phones.

Rogue National Park Service Twitter account says it’s no longer run by government employees…but maybe it never was

The rogue government Twitter account, AltUSNatParkService, which claimed it was being run by current park rangers, says it has now handed off control of its Twitter account to “several activist

President Trump thinks an app with around 10K downloads will help prove millions voted illegally

President Trump tweeted about a mobile app called VoteStand this morning, which led many people to ask, uh, what’s VoteStand? Apparently, the president believes the voter fraud app originally 

Trump order strips privacy rights from non-U.S. citizens, could nix EU-US data flows

An Executive Order signed by U.S. President Donald Trump in his first few days in office could jeopardize a six-month-old data transfer framework that enables EU citizens' personal data to flow to the

EPA scientific studies must be vetted by administration before release

The Trump administration has told the EPA that its scientific work must pass through a political vetting process before being released, multiple sources indicate. Doug Erickson, head of Trump's EPA tr

5 Calls debuts what may be the easiest way to call your reps yet

A growing number of political activist websites have popped up in recent days to help those opposed to the Trump administration’s policies and agenda to take action. But a new one, 5 Calls, has

The epic plan to transform government into a startup

We have the opportunity to transform politics, making it clean and crony-free. As a citizen, this is your chance, your opportunity to participate in the process and create your government. We can crea

Trump’s FCC Chairman pick Ajit Pai heralds a weaker, meeker Commission

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai was elevated today to Chairman by the Trump administration, setting the stage for a more restrained and permissive FCC than under Tom Wheeler, who resigned last month. Pai ha
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