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Markey Courts Online Progressives In Senate Bid

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, March 28 2013

Long-time House Democrat Edward J. Markey spent Thursday morning courting online progressives, re-assuring them of his bona fides in a conference call, and saying that he's not taking anything for granted in his run to succeed John Kerry in the Senate. Read More

Democrats Won't Necessarily Have A Tech Lead in 2016, Says Former Obama Campaign CTO

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, March 26 2013

Presidential candidates on both sides of the partisan aisle will face similarly difficult challenges when building their technology infrastructure in the 2016 election cycle, despite the advantages that President Obama's campaign enjoyed in 2012, predicted Harper Reed, the Obama 2012 campaign's chief technology officer during a talk Monday in Sun Valley, Idaho. Read More

Privacy Advocates Put Microsoft's Transparency Report In Context

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, March 25 2013

Microsoft's publication of its first law enforcement transparency report last Thursday met with praise from privacy advocates, who hope that this will spur others to do the same. However, some of them warned that the numbers have to be viewed in broader context. Read More

San Francisco Tells New York: Our Data Is Bigger Than Your Data

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, March 25 2013

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San Francisco city officials have watched their brethren in New York have a day in the sun for a new emphasis on what you might call data-driven governance — and they're ready for their turn. Read More

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski Ends His Tenure Not With a Bang, but a "Meh"

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, March 22 2013

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski told the commission's staff Friday that he's stepping down in the next few weeks. Telecommunications observers and experts say that under Genachowski's tenure, the FCC did a serviceable — if unambitious — job of addressing necessary changes in policy to adapt to broadband Internet and a shifting communications landscape. Read More

Microsoft Finally Reveals Statistics on Law Enforcement Requests for User Information

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, March 21 2013

Microsoft on Thursday reported that law enforcement authorities around the globe had made 75,378 requests for information about the users of its services in 2012. The company said that those requests "impacted potentially 137,424 accounts." It estimates that these requests affected less than .02 percent of its active users. Read More

Organizing for Action Is Ramping Up

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, March 21 2013

Organizing for Action isn't wasting time letting the lessons of 2012 languish. The campaign is ramping up and just sent out a list of positions that it's looking to fill. Among those wanted: e-mail strategists and ... Read More

Lawmakers Ponder the Dawn of a Drone-Surveillance State

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Wednesday, March 20 2013

Senate lawmakers on Wednesday grappled with the question of how they can preserve the privacy rights of American citizens as domestic uses of unmanned aircraft take off both in the private sector and in the world of law enforcement. Read More

Republican FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell To Step Down

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Wednesday, March 20 2013

Robert McDowell, a Republican commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, said during a public Wednesday morning meeting that he's leaving the agency. Read More

What "Growth and Opportunity" Means for a Digital GOP

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, March 18 2013

Several conservative operatives and party alumni expressed cautious optimism on Monday as the Republican National Committee issued a 100-page report that implicitly acknowledged their criticisms, and then outlined a framework for revamping its operations to correct those deficiencies. Some Democrats, meanwhile, took notice of the Republican Party's efforts — and took it as a sign that they shouldn't be complacent in the afterglow from electoral victories on several fronts in 2012. Read More

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In China, Local Governments Play Whac-a-Mole With Taxi Apps

It seems these days that car-hailing apps exist only to give cities grief. In New York, car sharing start-ups like Lyft ignore labor, safety insurance laws and in China, the situation is no different except in one regard: taxi hailing apps in China are proliferating at a faster rate than in the U.S. In China, however, the taxi system is very much in its infancy and local Chinese governments are struggling to control the proliferation of new apps that flout the law. GO

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The Uncertain Future of India's Plan to Biometrically Identify Everyone

Since its launch in 2010, people in India have raised a number of questions and concerns about the Aadhaar card —formally known as Unique Identification (UID)— citing its effects on privacy rights, potential security flaws, and failures in functionality. GO

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