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Former Obama Administration Official Raises More Than $1 Million In Bid To Unseat Silicon Valley Incumbent

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Wednesday, July 10 2013

Silicon Valley attorney Ro Khanna, who previously served as a top Commerce Department official in the Obama administration, announced Wednesday that he has raised more than $1 million during the inaugural quarter of his ... Read More

Local Silicon Valley Politicos Endorse House Democrat Mike Honda

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, July 9 2013

More than a 100 local political leaders in Silicon Valley and Northern California issued endorsements of incumbent House Democrat Mike Honda Tuesday. Read More

This Week, Congress To Critique Obama On Tech in Government

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, July 8 2013

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Director Office of Management and Budget (middle) is in charge of Obama's new management agenda

President Obama on Monday touted his administration's use of technology and data analysis for a more efficient government ahead of a mid-week House hearing that is likely to be critical of his administration's performance. Read More

Should Members of Congress And Witnesses Be Allowed To Skype Into Hearings?

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Wednesday, July 3 2013

Eric Swalwell, a California House Democrat (center,) Wants To Skype Into Hearings. Photo: Flickr/Realtor Action Center

A new proposal to allow House members and witnesses to participate remotely via teleconference in committee hearings shows a lot of promise, says a former Democratic House staffer who's now at a Washington, D.C. think tank examining ways that the lawmaking process could become more participatory. But the proposal to enable members of Congress to spend more time in their districts would fall far from the Congressmen's stated end goal of diminishing the influence of lobbyists. Read More

Activists Plan July 4 Blitz Online and Off To Oppose NSA's Mass Surveillance

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, July 2 2013

Photo: Flickr/Frederic Jacobs

The group of activists and Web companies that came together last year to fight the implementation of an Internet "black list" are starting their engines again in what looks to be a large-scale campaign — both ... Read More

NSA Leaker Snowden Casts Net Wide In Bid For Asylum

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, July 2 2013

Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who U.S. authorities are hunting down for espionage, has applied for asylum from 19 countries through Wikileaks, the anti-secrecy organization said late ... Read More

How Independent Republicans Are Trying to Help the Party Get Its Data Act Together

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, July 1 2013

Republican-leaning technology entrepreneurs are working hard to fill the tech gap for their party. As Republicans debate what to do next with their field operations, two independent firms have announced new software for right-leaning campaigns. Read More

No Partisan Apps At Koch Institute Sponsored Hackathon, After All

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, June 28 2013

Despite all the controversy surrounding the Koch Institute-backed Liberty hackathon that took place last weekend in San Francisco, none of the apps that its participants built were remotely partisan. Read More

Immigration Debate Puts Silicon Valley on One Side, Labor on Another, and a Congressman in the Middle

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, June 27 2013

From right to left: Y Combinator Co-Founder Paul Graham, Medisas founder Gautam Sivakumar (in Newcastle, UK), Double Robotics Founder David Cann and a Double Robotics employee.
Despite Northern California's historical significance as a bastion of the left, the immigration reform debate is showing just how far apart dot-com entrepreneurs and die-hard Democrats can be. Entrepreneurs are pushing for more H1-B visas; union leaders, part of the Democratic Party's core constituency, have objected to the visas as a form of low-paid indentured servitude, arguing that they fill jobs that would otherwise go to Americans. In the middle is Rep. Mike Honda, Democrat of California, whose district now encompasses Silicon Valley and whose core constituency has long included labor unions. Read More

Presidential Innovation Fellows Whose LinkedIn Profiles Would Put Yours to Shame

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, June 25 2013

The White House on Monday announced a new group of Presidential Innovation Fellows, many of whom have deep experience in the worlds of business, education, science, finance and technology. Read More