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Opternative sues South Carolina for the right to give online eye exams there

A telehealth startup called Opternative filed a suit against South Carolina today over a state’s law that bars consumers there from getting a prescription for new glasses or contacts there with an online eye exam. Technically, the lawsuit is a constitutional challenge to the state’s statute. As TechCrunch has previously reported, Opternative’s app generally allows users to take an eye exam from the comfort of …

Yahoo asks government to explain email scanning order

Yahoo secretly scanned its users emails at the behest of a U.S. government agency — and now it wants the government to explain why. In a letter to James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, Yahoo carefully avoids admitting that it scanned users’ email or that it received an order to do so, but asks Clapper to “clarify this matter of public interest.” The program …

Ecuador says it cut Julian Assange’s internet access to prevent interference with the election

Ecuador has claimed responsibility for cutting off Julian Assange’s internet access, calling it a “temporary restriction” aimed at preventing him from interfering with the U.S. election. Wikileaks tweeted about the outage over the weekend and claimed confirmation it was Ecuador yesterday. Turns out they were right. An official statement was issued by the Ecuadorian government explaining their actions. A translated version sent to Politico’s Eric …

Multi-media journalists face jail time after reporting on North Dakota pipeline protest

Investigative reporter and co-founder of Democracy Now!, Amy Goodman, is now facing riot charges in the state of North Dakota after her report on a Native American-led pipeline protest there went viral on Facebook. Democracy Now! issued a statement about the new charges against Goodman late Saturday. The news organization, which spun out of WBAI-FM, creates programming which is syndicated via radio, podcasts, cable television, public …

Five considerations about accelerated learning for the next administration

Liz Simon Crunch Network Contributor Liz Simon is the vice president of Legal & External Affairs at General Assembly and a former Obama Administration official. How to join the network Our next president will take office during a period of seismic change across the education landscape. Policymakers, students and employers increasingly question the cost — and return — on a college degree, as a profusion …

What it takes to secure the elections

While virtually every industry and domain is flourishing and being revolutionized by technological advances, more than three-quarters of U.S. citizens will vote for their next president on paper ballots this November. The main reason for this is concern over cybersecurity threats against the electoral system and process. In the wake of major breaches, such as the hacking of the Democratic National Convention and attacks against …

5 companies now control 80% of America's contracted spying

5 companies now control 80% of America’s contracted spying / Boing Boing America paid about $16 billion to five companies last year for 80% of our contracted domestic and international surveillance: Leidos Holdings, CSRA Inc., SAIC, CACI International, and Booz Allen Hamilton, recently in the news following an employee arrest on cyberweapons theft charges. Tim Shorrock at The Nation did the legwork to to …

Deloitte gears up for the launch of a $20 million XPRIZE to irradicate cancer

XPRIZE, the incentivized prize competition for breakthrough science and technology, has announced three new prizes. Among them — ALS, avatars and Deloitte’s Cancer XPRIZE. Deloitte is working in conjunction with the National Cancer Institute and Vice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot initiative to bring some of the best and brightest minds together to rid the world of what is the number one leading cause of …

U.S. officially attributes DNC hack to Russia

The Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence confirmed today what cybersecurity companies have asserted since emails from Democratic National Committee employees leaked online over the summer — state-sponsored Russian hackers are responsible for the breach. “The U.S. Intelligence Community is confident that the Russian government directed the recent compromises of emails from U.S. persons and institutions, including from …

What the new NHTSA guidelines mean for self-driving cars

In September, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued guidelines for the testing and deployment of autonomous  vehicles. The important thing to remember for now is that these are merely guidelines and not rules. Complying with them is voluntary on the part of automotive and hardware manufacturers, as well as app developers. “Firms can make the decision to not comply and be within their rights to …