Policy Archive

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 …

Civil liberties groups ask for ‘moratoriums’ on face recognition tech

Armed with new research, civil rights organizations are urging the Justice Department to investigate law enforcement’s excessive use of face recognition technologies. A coalition of more than 50 civil rights organizations asked the Department of Justice today to investigate the use of face recognition technology by local and state police and the FBI, after a report by the Georgetown Center on Privacy & Technology revealed half …

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 …

Billionaire tech investors support divisive plan to ban San Francisco’s homeless camps

The debate over what to do about San Francisco’s homeless population has been building for awhile among the many startups and residents here. But now tech billionaires Ron Conway, Michael Moritz and well-to-do hedge fund manager William Oberndorf have each thrown about $50,000 behind a measure to rid San Francisco of its homeless tent cities. Other notable investors, including Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s husband and venture capitalist …

Union Square Ventures endorses Hillary Clinton

In a blog post this morning, Union Square Ventures formally endorsed Hillary Clinton for President of the United States. This marks the first time that the 13 year old fund has endorsed a candidate in a presidential election. In the brief 375 word statement, the firm addressed both the risks of a Trump presidency and the qualities that would make Clinton ideal for the job. Collectively, …

Obama, Leonardo DiCaprio and scientist Katharine Hayhoe talk climate change at SXSL

At an SXSL panel on Monday, President Obama, actor, environmentalist and philanthropist Leonardo DiCaprio and scientist Katharine Hayhoe discussed climate change and what we can possibly due to curb it. Hayhoe, who is the director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, and CEO of ATMOS Research & Consulting, helps organizations like airports and public water utilities assess the potential impacts of climate change on their infrastructure and …

Climate change and cleantech provide unlikely first flashpoints in Presidential debate

In the opening moments of the presidential debate, some of the first flashpoints came over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s push for clean energy and clean technology in her economic development plan. While both presidential challengers, Secretary Clinton and Donald Trump, support infrastructure spending, Clinton came out during the debates with a full-throated support for renewable energy. “It’s important we grip this and deal with it,” Clinton …

How to watch the first presidential debate online and in VR with Al Roker

Perhaps you’re still among those few, proud and generally indecisive undecided. Or, more than likely, you’re just tuning in for the fireworks show. Whatever the case, tonight’s first head-to-head showdown between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is certain to be a spectacle, whatever shape it takes. In fact, tonight’s 90-minute, commercial-free affair is anticipated to draw as many as 100 million viewers, well beyond the …

Apple done nothing wrong

Lisa De Simone Crunch Network Contributor Lisa De Simone is an assistant professor of Accounting at Stanford Graduate School of Business. How to join the network Having read the European Commission’s original ruling, some prior rulings, the Treasury’s white paper about the European Commission’s actions and a lot of analysis in the tax community, in my opinion, the EC is over-reaching in their decision on …

The ugly reality of an Oculus founder’s politics

It hasn’t been a great couple of days for Facebook PR. For one thing, the company admitted that, due to an error, it has been significantly inflating its reports on average video view times. For another, The Daily Beast discovered that Oculus founder Palmer Luckey is backing the pro-Donald Trump organization Nimble America, a group dedicated to promoting anti-Hillary Clinton memes Now, the video views story is …