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 ...
New Zealand says teens watching Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why” must be supervised by an adult
 The New Zealand government has created a new rating for the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” that says a parent or guardian must be present when it is viewed by teens under 18. Read More ...
Dave wants to save you from expensive overdraft fees
 Meet Dave: an AI dressed up in a bearsuit that’s just launched to save you from the evils of expensive overdraft fees. Hand Dave access to your checking account and the app’s machine learning algorithms will get busy crunching your spending data so the bear can warn you about pending transactions which might push you into the red and incur an expensive bank penalty. 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 ...
Is a “robot tax” really an “innovation penalty”?
 When Bill Gates recently suggested robots should pay income tax like any other employee, I didn’t immediately disagree. I applaud Gates’ bold thinking to help solve one of society’s biggest upcoming challenges: embracing automation in a way that “lifts all boats” instead of leaving large swaths of society behind. A robot tax would help offset the reduced… Read More ...
WhatsApp privacy policy: Government working on data protection framework
The government today told the Supreme Court that it was in the process of putting in place a comprehensive data protection framework and sought deferment of the hearing on the WhatsApp privacy policy matter. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told a five-judge constitution bench, headed by Justice Dipak Misra, that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) was in the process of evolving the data protection framework. Rohatgi urged the bench that the hearing in the WhatsApp privacy policy matt...
WhatsApp privacy policy: Government working on data protection framework
The government today told the Supreme Court that it was in the process of putting in place a comprehensive data protection framework and sought deferment of the hearing on the WhatsApp privacy policy matter. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told a five-judge constitution bench, headed by Justice Dipak Misra, that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) was in the process of evolving the data protection framework. Rohatgi urged the bench that the hearing in the WhatsApp privacy policy matt...
WhatsApp privacy policy: Government working on data protection framework
The government today told the Supreme Court that it was in the process of putting in place a comprehensive data protection framework and sought deferment of the hearing on the WhatsApp privacy policy matter. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told a five-judge constitution bench, headed by Justice Dipak Misra, that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) was in the process of evolving the data protection framework. Rohatgi urged the bench that the hearing in the WhatsApp privacy policy matt...
Mark Zuckerberg speaks out about Cleveland shooting
 At the F8 conference today, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg addressed this weekend’s shooting in Cleveland, which the suspected shooter filmed and posted on Facebook. The man later discussed the shooting during a Facebook Live broadcast, leading critics to accuse Facebook of not doing enough to censor violent content on the platform. “We’re also going to work on getting more… Read More ...
WhatsApp privacy policy: Government working on data protection framework
The government today told the Supreme Court that it was in the process of putting in place a comprehensive data protection framework and sought deferment of the hearing on the WhatsApp privacy policy matter. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told a five-judge constitution bench, headed by Justice Dipak Misra, that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) was in the process of evolving the data protection framework. Rohatgi urged the bench that the hearing in the WhatsApp privacy policy matt...
WhatsApp privacy policy: Government working on comprehensive data protection framework
The government today told the Supreme Court that it was in the process of putting in place a comprehensive data protection framework and sought deferment of the hearing on the WhatsApp privacy policy matter. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told a five-judge constitution bench, headed by Justice Dipak Misra, that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) was in the process of evolving the data protection framework. Rohatgi urged the bench that the hearing in the WhatsApp privacy policy matt...
WhatsApp privacy policy: Government working on data protection framework
The government today told the Supreme Court that it was in the process of putting in place a comprehensive data protection framework and sought deferment of the hearing on the WhatsApp privacy policy matter. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told a five-judge constitution bench, headed by Justice Dipak Misra, that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) was in the process of evolving the data protection framework. Rohatgi urged the bench that the hearing in the WhatsApp privacy policy matt...
A conversation about digital copyright reform
 The European Union is in the process of reforming copyright laws that date back to 2001, as part of a wider strategy to establish a Digital Single Market across the 28 Member States of the bloc, aiming to break down regional barriers to ecommerce. Read More ...
Facebook runs full page newspaper ads against fake news in France ahead of the election
 In just nine days, France is going to vote for the next French president — there’s going to be a second round face-off in three weeks too. And it looks like Facebook wants to avoid another fake news scandal as the company is preemptively running full page ads in major French newspapers. The ad gives ten tips to spot fake news on the internet. You’ll find it today in the… Read More ...
Trump plans to nominate Lyft’s Derek Kan to transportation department
 President Donald Trump is expected to nominate Lyft General Manager Derek Kan as under secretary of transportation for policy, Reuters reports. Kan also serves on the board of directors at Amtrak and previously worked as policy adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who just so happens to be married to Transportation Secretary Elaine Cho. “Derek is a valued member of our… Read More ...
Hillary Clinton discusses diversity and inclusion in Silicon Valley
 Speaking at the PBWC Conference in San Francisco today, Hillary Clinton called on Silicon Valley to improve diversity and inclusion, particularly by introducing paid parental leave policies. Clinton mentioned Uber and its recent sexual harassment scandal as an example of a company struggling with inclusion, and cited Salesforce as a company making positive strides on equal pay. “It’s… Read More ...
How Trump will impact venture capital: The future of QSBS
 When we speak of disruption in the startup industry, it would not be uncommon to invoke an innovative technology or a visionary founder. It is a rare occasion when we can celebrate legislators. Yet, some of the most recent strides in the emerging growth ecosystem are owed not to Silicon Valley programmers in their Spartan incubators, but instead to the United States Congress. Read More ...
US authorities ban electronics larger than a phone from flights from 13 countries
 According to numerous reports, US authorities today alerted a number of Middle Eastern and African airlines that starting soon, their passengers will have to check any electronic items larger than a cell phone. That means passengers on these flights will have to put their laptops, tablets, Kindles and portable game consoles into their checked baggage for the foreseeable future. There is still… Read More ...
Thiel’s chief of staff tapped as White House deputy CTO
 Peter Thiel has been at Donald Trump’s side since the Republican National Convention, guiding the then-candidate on technology policy and brokering a meeting between him and top tech executives. Now Thiel has secured a place for one of his top aides in Trump’s White House — Michael Kratsios, formerly chief of staff at Thiel Captial, will step into the role of deputy chief… Read More ...