Former NSA director explains why the spy agency will end a controversial surveillance technique
 Earlier today, the NSA announced its intentions to limit a surveillance technique that had a nasty side effect of sweeping up communications to and from Americans. In a rare unprompted press statement, the NSA explained that it would halt “any upstream internet communications that are solely ‘about’ a foreign intelligence target,” restricting its surveillance to… Read More ...
California orders Rydengo to shut down its website
 On April 13, the state of California issued a cease and desist letter to RydenGo, saying that the company had to take its website down. The letter stated that the ride hailing startup was operating without a permit from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The problem with the order, according to RydenGo CEO Michael Pappas, is that the company is not yet operating. It does have… Read More ...
NSA ends controversial collection of Americans’ emails that mention foreign targets
 Privacy advocates are finally getting (a little bit) of what they want. Friday, the New York Times reported that the NSA will end its practice of collecting texts and emails by Americans citizens sent or received by individuals abroad that mention foreign surveillance targets. The shift away from this particularly troublesome form of collection is an effort by the NSA to comply with the… Read More ...
NSA ends controversial collection of Americans’ emails that mention foreign targets
 Privacy advocates are finally getting (a little bit) of what they want. Friday, the New York Times reported that the NSA will end its practice of collecting texts and emails by Americans citizens sent or received by individuals abroad that mention foreign surveillance targets. The shift away from this particularly troublesome form of collection is an effort by the NSA to comply with the… Read More ...
For OpenGov, President Trump is proving a boon for business
 OpenGov, a Redwood City, Ca., company whose software helps local governments keep transparent financial records, has been picking up speed in a variety of ways, and cofounder and CEO Zac Bookman traces some of that momentum to the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president. “We had the best Q1 in company history. It’s typically a quiet quarter, and we blew the top off”… Read More ...
For OpenGov, President Trump is proving a boon for business
 OpenGov, a Redwood City, Ca., company whose software helps local governments keep transparent financial records, has been picking up speed in a variety of ways, and cofounder and CEO Zac Bookman traces some of that momentum to the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president. “We had the best Q1 in company history. It’s typically a quiet quarter, and we blew the top off”… Read More ...
How to comment on the FCC’s proposal to revoke net neutrality
 The FCC has made its initial proposal as to how it intends to do away with net neutrality — and despite what leadership there has said, that’s definitely how the proposed rules read. You are free to make your thoughts known on the notice of proposed rulemaking, as it’s called, and here’s how to do it. Read More ...
Seattle grapples with Airbnb in proposal to limit hosts to two properties
 Seattle will move forward with plans to restrict how many units its residents can list on short-term rentals platforms like Airbnb and VRBO. Keeping things a little more lax than cities that have adopted a one-host, one-home policy, Seattle’s proposal would allow each short term rental host to list their own place of residence coupled with one extra housing unit. The city has issued a… Read More ...
Why tech workers showed up to March for Science
 Science itself may be non-partisan. But the March for Science this weekend simply couldn’t be. Demonstrators turned out in an estimated 600 cities around the world to rally for science and its role in policy-making, many tech workers among them. The march was organized after the Trump administration proposed and began to implement steep budget cuts to federal science agencies in the… Read More ...
162 tech companies file brief against the latest immigration executive order
 Silicon Valley and the tech community at large has been a staunch opponent of Trump’s immigration policies, from the “Muslim Ban” executive orders to H-1B restrictions. Today sees 162 companies banding together to file an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit challenging the revised immigration order issued in March. Read More ...
Planned Parenthood enrolls in 500 startups’ seed program
 Planned Parenthood has been threatened repeatedly with defunding in several states since Trump became our 45th president. But has also, as a consequence, received a serious spike in donations (40 times its normal rate, according to the Guardian). The organization’s leaders are now looking to 500 startups’ seed program to help them capitalize on the recent surge and harness… Read More ...
Steve Ballmer’s new project sheds light on U.S. government spending
 Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has a new project, and it may just surprise you. Ballmer is these days mostly known for owning the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team and a significant Twitter stake, but this week he is taking the wraps off USAFacts, a website chock-full of data related to U.S. government spending. The idea is to present the facts around the government, and its use of… Read More ...
Female Marines group appeals to Sheryl Sandberg to fix Facebook’s revenge porn problem
 With a letter straight to the top, a group of Marines is demanding that Facebook get a grip on the systemic harassment that plagues its female servicemembers. In March, Facebook became the epicenter of the Marines United scandal, which exposed a massive online community where users shared often intimate photos of servicewomen without their consent. While such content isn’t limited… Read More ...
Vote now to eliminate your favorite government agency!
 For every bad idea, there’s a crowdsourcing campaign with a soapbox and a big-ass megaphone, ready to make it even worse. Interested? In case you missed it, it’s not too late to vote to shake up the executive branch — surely the number one priority of every red-blooded American in these mostly ho-hum, sleepy times. As the giant stack of paper behind Office of Management… Read More ...
French presidential candidate Macron talks tough on tech firms over terrorism
 French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron has become the latest high profile European politician to threaten U.S. tech companies over their use of end-to-end encryption, and for how digital platforms enable the spread of terrorist propaganda online. Read More ...
BSNL is planning to shell out Rs 4,300 crore to make 75,000 wifi hotspots
State-run BSNL has earmarked around Rs 4,300 crore for capital expenditure in the current fiscal and plans to have 75,000 wifi hotspots by end of the next fiscal. “BSNL presence is must for healthy competition in the industry and benefit of consumers. They have installed around 5,000 wifi hotspots, going to install 35,000 more wifi hotspots this fiscal and planning another 35,000 to provide quality service to consumers,” Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said at a book release and network...
The problem of call drops is more severe indoors, says Government after collecting IVRS feedback
Obtaining feedback through its Integrated Voice Response System (IVRS), the government on Thursday said the problem of call drops is more severe indoors. The Department of Telecom (DoT) had launched an IVRS system in Delhi, Mumbai, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Maharashtra and Goa on December 2016. Since the launch of the IVRS system on Dec 23, 2016 till February 28, 2017 around 16,61,640 successful outbound calls have been made to subscribers of all telecom service providers across the country. &...
Twitter suing Homeland Security suggests some of those alt Twitter accounts were real after all
 New legal documents show that Twitter is taking the Department of Homeland Security to court to protect the true identity of an account that claims to be run by employees of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. The account, @ALT_USCIS, is one of many “alt” government agency accounts that began appearing in the early days of the Trump… Read More ...
Twitter ads starring Trump pop up in Tokyo train stations
 He may have shared the world’s worst handshake with its Prime Minister, but President Trump is still big in Japan. Starting in late March, a set of splashy ads depicting Trump appeared in train cars and metro stations around Tokyo. As a spokesman from Twitter Japan explained to TechCrunch, the Trump ads are one part of a new brand campaign that began on Monday, March 20 and is scheduled… Read More ...
Taser rebrands as Axon and offers free body cameras to any police department
 Taser is now Axon. The brand has been a household word for years, but the company felt it was time to leave that identity behind and double down on the body camera and digital evidence management side of its business. As part of that move, it’s offering free body cameras and software to any police department that asks. Yes, free as in beer, and yes, any as in any. Read More ...