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South African voters fear mobile political campaigns will steal their personal info

Mobile technology will arguably go down in history as the most successful innovation of our lifetime. Mobile devices, especially phones, are ubiquitous in large parts of the world. On the African continent, the rates of mobile phone ownership and access are rising exponentially. Many organisations have recognized the opportunities this presents. Political parties are no exception. The 2008 election in the United States is widely regarded as a tipping point for the use of mobile devices in politi...
Tags: Startups, Politics, Africa, Tech, World, United States, Syndication

Daily Crunch: Trump targets Huawei with emergency declaration

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Trump declares national emergency to protect US networks from foreign espionage While the U.S. already restricted government contractors and federal agencies from using technology supplied by Huawei or its subsidiaries, this new executive order gives Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and other federal agenci...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Facebook, London, Instagram, White House, US, Samsung, Tech, Walmart, Commerce, Korea, Broadway, West End, Donald Trump, Huawei

White House Launches Tool To Report Political Bias On Social Media Sites

On Wednesday, the White House launched a new tool for people to use if they feel they've been wrongly censored, banned, or suspended on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. "No matter your views, if you suspect political bias caused such an action to be taken against you, share your story with President Trump," the site reads. The Verge reports: The tool asks users for screenshots and links regarding specific enforcement actions, specifying Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube ...
Tags: Facebook, White House, Tech, Trump, Facebook Twitter Instagram, Social Media Sites

The White House wants to know if you’ve been ‘censored or silenced’ by social media

It’s no secret that the Trump administration has been at war with social media. In the past year, the President has accused several online giants of censoring conservative voices, in particular giants like Twitter, Google and Facebook. The Trump Administration is fighting for free speech online. No matter your views, if you suspect political bias has caused you to be censored or silenced online, we want to hear about it! https://t.co/9lc0cqUhuf pic.twitter.com/J8ICbx42dz — The White House ...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, White House, Social Media, Tech, Policy, Jack Dorsey, Trump, Donald J Trump, Oval Office, Facebook Instagram Twitter, Twitter Google, President Trump, Facebook The Trump Administration

Japan Prepares To Ban Flying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Under the Influence of Alcohol

Drinking and droning? It could soon cost you up to a year in jail in Japan, where an amendment to the country's civil aeronautics law being debated in the Diet would make it illegal to operate unmanned aerial vehicles while under the influence of alcohol. From a report: According to the transport ministry, there were 79 incidents involving drones in the last financial year. None of them involved a drunk operator but tighter restrictions were nonetheless regarded as a necessary pre-emptive move. ...
Tags: Japan, Diet, White House, US, Tech

White House refuses to endorse the “Christchurch Call” to block extremist content online

The United States will not join other nations in endorsing the “Christchurch Call” — a global statement that commits governments and private companies to actions that would curb the distribution of violent and extremist content online. “While the United States is not currently in a position to join the endorsement, we continue to support the overall goals reflected in the Call. We will continue to engage governments, industry, and civil society to counter terrorist content on the Internet,” the ...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, France, White House, Tech, United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Christchurch, Poway Calif, Christchruch, Christchurch Call, France Australia Canada

This tool lets you check if a website is blocked in China

China‘s Great Firewall just got higher as Wikipedia has been added to Beijing’s no-no list. The government hasn’t explained why it’s blocking the free online encyclopedia, but frankly it’s not surprising. Shutting down a platform that has endless information makes sense if the mere presence of Winnie the Pooh was too much for President Xi Jinping and his crew to handle. But what other websites are currently blocked? Well, that’s where Comparitech’s tool comes in. You can use it to see whether a ...
Tags: Startups, Politics, China, Wikipedia, Tech, Beijing, Xi Jinping, Winnie, Comparitech

California is Bringing Law and Order To Big Data. It Could Change the Internet in the US

California is embarking on a new era of privacy on the internet, and Xavier Becerra can't stop thinking about the failed debut of Obamacare. From a report: Back in 2013, Becerra, then a Democratic congressman from Los Angeles, watched as technical problems with the website marred the rollout of President Barack Obama's signature law, delaying sign-ups for health insurance and denting the public's faith in the new offering. Now, as California's attorney general, Becerra is worried that a similarl...
Tags: Congress, California, US, Los Angeles, Barack Obama, Tech, Democratic, Xavier Becerra, Becerra

Jeff Bezos aims Blue Origin at the Moon

Today at a packed event blocks from the White House, Jeff Bezos took the stage in front of select members of the media, executives, government officials and a gaggle of middle schoolers to reveal new details of his plan to get to the Moon by 2024.  Blue Origin is going to send humans to space on New Shepard later this year and has unveiled a lunar lander, called “Blue Moon”, to access the resource-rich lunar surface, Bezos said. Setting the stage with Neil Armstrong’s famous words as the...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Spacex, White House, Tech, Nasa, Earth, United States, Space Tourism, Space Travel, Virgin Galactic, Moon, President, Vice President, Mars, Lockheed Martin

Jeff Bezos reportedly set to unveil moon plans today

Blue Origin is hosting a media event later today in Washington, D.C. TechCrunch will be on the ground, reporting live, though details around precisely what will be announced are still pretty minimal. According to new reporting from Reuters, however, boss man Jeff Bezos is set to unveil his plans to help the U.S. government establish a lunar outpost over the next five years. That word arrives via “people familiar with the matter.” Blue Origin hasn’t responded yet — though we’ve only got to wai...
Tags: Space, Washington, White House, Tech, Nasa, Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin, Trump, Reuters, Mike Pence, Bezos

Trump’s China tariffs are getting a major increase on Friday

The stock market has already seen some wild fluctuations this week in anticipation of the latest volley in a trade war ramping up between the U.S. and China. Now it seems the President is making good on his promise to further increase tariffs on goods from the country. Documents posted to the Federal Register (via Reuters) note that the U.S. is set to increase import tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods from 10 to 25 percent. The change, which targets products already singled out by th...
Tags: White House, China, Tech, Policy, Tariffs, Federal Register, Trump, Reuters, Liu, Donald J Trump, U S Trade Representative

How a 13-year-old boy was radicalized by the alt-right, then figured out they were full of it

A 13-year-old boy is wrongly accused of sexual harassment, then railroaded by zealous school administrators. Abused by the system and shunned by real-life friends, he finds new ones—on Reddit and 4chan. What Happened After My 13-Year-Old Son Joined the Alt-Right. Those online pals were happy to explain that all girls lie—especially about rape. And they had lots more knowledge to impart. They told Sam that Islam is an inherently violent religion and that Jews run global financial networks. (We’...
Tags: Facebook, Post, Politics, News, Tech, Reddit, Sam, Google YouTube Twitter

Oracle Exec Mocks Google Arguments About Java's APIs

"Whether it is consumers' data or competitors' code, Google's view seems to be the same: What's mine is mine, and what's yours is mine," argues Oracle executive vice president Kenneth Glueck. Google had urged America's Supreme Court to rule in their ongoing legal case about access to Java's APIs, a case which Google says hinges on "whether developers should be able to create new applications using standard ways of accessing common functions. Those functions are the building blocks of computer ...
Tags: Google, Supreme Court, Microsoft, White House, Tech, Oracle, Reuters, Walker, Google Android, Kent Walker, America s Supreme Court, Kenneth Glueck

Trump’s tariffs could knock Tesla’s Autopilot off course

The White House has refused to exempt the “brain” of Tesla’s Autopilot technology from punitive import tariffs, a decision that could endanger the company’s self-driving ambitions, TechCrunch has learned. At a special “autonomy day” event last week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled advanced Autopilot 3.0 hardware, including a new custom chip intended to enable full self-driving (FSD) operation for all of its new vehicles. This hardware is now standard in all new Model 3, S and X vehicles. Custom...
Tags: Apple, TC, Transportation, Verizon, Japan, Elon Musk, White House, China, Samsung, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, United States, Washington Dc, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs

Google tells U.S. House it spends 'hundreds of millions' on content review each year, found +1M 'terrorist videos' on YouTube in Q1 2019

Alphabet, parent company of Google and YouTube, told a U.S. House panel that it spends hundreds of millions of dollars on reviewing content each year, and claims to have identified at least one million “terrorist videos” on YouTube in the first quarter of 2019. Alphabet/Google/YouTube disclosed this information to lawmakers in an April 24 letter that was made public on Thursday. The letter claims that a “manual review” by YouTube content moderation workers found 90,000 videos violated YouTub...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Post, Politics, Technology, News, Youtube, Social Media, Tech, US news, New Zealand, Terrorists, Reuters, Rose, Microsoft Corp

NSA says warrantless searches of Americans’ data rose in 2018

The intelligence community’s annual transparency report revealed a spike in the number of warrantless searches of Americans’ data in 2018. The data, published Tuesday by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), revealed a 28 percent rise in the number of targeted search terms used to query massive databases of collected Americans’ communications. Some 9,637 warrantless search queries of the contents of Americans’ calls, text messages, emails and other communications were condu...
Tags: Security, Verizon, Privacy, Government, Nsa, White House, Tech, Fbi, United States, Edward Snowden, National Security, DEA, National Security Agency, Director, Mass Surveillance, Trump

Altice USA buys digital news network Cheddar for $200M

Cable television provider Altice USA has confirmed plans to pay $200 million for the millennial-focused, digitally native news network Cheddar in an all-cash, or all-cheddar, rather, deal. The price tag comes at a 25 percent premium to the media startup’s $160 million Series D valuation. Jon Steinberg, the co-founder and chief executive officer of Cheddar and former president and chief operating officer of BuzzFeed, will become president of Altice News. Altice, an existing Cheddar investor, p...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Facebook, New York, Hollywood, Media, Buzzfeed, White House, Tech, M&a, New York Stock Exchange, Cnbc, Dentsu Ventures, Exit, Jon Steinberg, Jon

The digital farming revolution will cost workers their power, dignity, and possibly their jobs

There’s a lot of talk about digital technology and smart cities, but what about smart farms? Many of us still have a romantic view of farmers surveying rolling hills and farm kids cuddling calves, but our food in Canada increasingly comes from industrial-scale factory farms and vast glass and steel forests of greenhouses. While the social and environmental consequences of agri-food industrialization are fairly well understood, issues around digital technology are now just emerging. Yet, technolo...
Tags: Startups, Business, Politics, Tech, Canada, Syndication

Samantha Bee: Canadian, comedian, and defender of the free press

The only job named in and protected by the U.S. constitution is journalism. But when it’s under attack from fake news, misinformation, and the supposed defender-of-the-constitution-in-chief, who looks out for the press? Reporters have an unlikely ally in the late night comedy circuit. Late night television has a steady stream of male comedians ready to cursorily pick apart the news of the day, often mocking the dispatches of the press — typically the government — before they turn to a light hear...
Tags: Media, Government, White House, Tech, United States, Washington Dc, Dinner, Comedian, Trump Administration, Fake News, Television In The United States, Jamal Khashoggi

Here’s what Democratic presidential hopefuls say about AI on Twitter (not much)

In the era of Trumpian politics the public forum is no longer the evening news or the morning paper: it’s Twitter. We decided to see which politicians were embracing the platform to discuss what we feel will be one of the most important issues of their potential presidency: artificial intelligence. What we found wasn’t good. We gathered a list of every AI-related tweet 2020 Democratic hopefuls sent over the past 12 months. Our expectation was that there’d be a few thousand or so, and we’d spend ...
Tags: Startups, Twitter, Politics, Social Media, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots

NSA Recommends Dropping Phone-Surveillance Program

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: The National Security Agency has recommended that the White House abandon a surveillance program that collects information about U.S. phone calls and text messages (Warning: source paywalled; alternative source), saying the logistical and legal burdens of keeping it outweigh its intelligence benefits, according to people familiar with the matter. The recommendation against seeking the renewal of the once-secret spying program amou...
Tags: Congress, Nsa, White House, Tech, National Security Agency, NSA Recommends Dropping Phone Surveillance Program

NASA and FEMA are contingency planning for a potential asteroid armageddon

When it comes to planning for a potential asteroid strike on planet Earth, The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration and Federal Emergency Management Agency don’t want to miss a thing. Alongside international partners like the European Space Agency’s Space Situational Awareness-NEO Segment and the International Asteroid Warning Network (IAWN), NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office will participate in a “tabletop exercise” that will simulate a scenario for how to respond...
Tags: TC, Astronomy, White House, Tech, Department Of Defense, Nasa, Earth, United States, Fema, European Space Agency, State Department, Asteroid, Prevention, Simulation, Johnson, U.s. Government

Terry Gou will resign as Foxconn’s chairman to run for president of Taiwan

Foxconn chairman Terry Gou officially announced on Wednesday that he will run for president of Taiwan. Gou will step down from leading the company (also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd), one of Apple’s most important manufacturers, in order to campaign for the nomination of the Kuomintang, the pro-China opposition party. Taiwan’s economy and complicated relationship with China will be at the heart of the 2020 presidential campaign, as incumbent Tsai Ing-wen defends her position ag...
Tags: Apple, TC, Asia, Politics, China, Tech, Taiwan, Wisconsin, Donald Trump, Foxconn, Buddhist, Kuomintang, Democratic Progressive Party, Tsai Ing wen, Gou, Terry Gou

Presidential Candidate John Delaney Wants To Create a Department of Cybersecurity

On Tuesday, former Maryland representative and 2020 presidential candidate John Delaney announced a plan to create a Department of Cybersecurity that "would be led by a cabinet-level secretary who would be in charge of implementing the United States' cybersecurity strategy," reports The Verge. "The proposal is the first major cybersecurity push from any presidential candidate so far this cycle." From the report: In a press release, Delaney argued that the U.S.'s cyber authorities are spread too ...
Tags: Maryland, White House, Tech, Fbi, United States, Homeland Security, John Delaney, Trump, Delaney, US Cyber Command, Department of Cybersecurity

Trump, FCC unveil plan to accelerate 5G rollout

In a press conference today in the White House’s Roosevelt Room, the president laid out a number of initiatives focused on helping accelerate the U.S. role in the 5G race. “This is, to me, the future,” Trump said, opening the press conference flanked by Ajit Pai, Ivanka Trump and a room full of communications representatives in cowboy and hard hats. “It’s all about 5G now,” Trump told the audience. “We were 4G and everyone was saying we had to get 4G, and then they said before that, ‘we have ...
Tags: Mobile, Fcc, White House, America, Tech, Policy, United States, 5g, Pai, Trump, Ajit Pai, Trump FCC, Ajit Pai Ivanka Trump

White House, FCC Unveil 5G Push and $20B Fund For Rural Broadband

The White House on Friday will unveil a new 5G push to position the US ahead of global rivals in the race to deploy the next-generation wireless technology. President Donald Trump and Federal Communications Chairman Ajit Pai will announce new airwaves auctions and plans to spend $20.4 billion over 10 years on rural broadband. From a report: The FCC will auction off three segments of millimeter-wave spectrum -- which can offer insane data speeds but has limited range -- for commercial use. The au...
Tags: Fcc, White House, US, America, Tech, Donald Trump, Pai, Ajit Pai, Federal Communications, Universal Service Fund, Rural Digital Opportunity Fund

Net Neutrality Bill Sails Through the House But Faces an Uncertain Political Future

House lawmakers on Wednesday approved a Democrat-backed bill (alternative source) that would restore rules requiring AT&T, Verizon and other Internet providers to treat all Web traffic equally, marking an early step toward reversing one of the most significant deregulatory moves of the Trump era. From a report: But the net neutrality measure is likely to stall from here, given strong Republican opposition in the GOP-controlled Senate and the White House, where aides to President Trump this week ...
Tags: Obama, Senate, White House, Tech, Gop, House, Trump, AT T Verizon

Net neutrality restoring Save the Internet Act passes House, moving on to Senate

A bill intended to restore 2015’s net neutrality rules has passed in the House of Representatives 232-190, and will soon be in consideration in the Senate. The ‘Save the Internet Act’ may be doomed to an eventual veto, but its broad support among voters and the relatively bipartisan push in Congress make it an important one to follow regardless. The act was introduced in March, and is little more than a re-establishment of the FCC’s 2015 rules with Congressional approval and removing the ones th...
Tags: Fcc, Net Neutrality, Congress, Government, Senate, White House, America, Tech, House, House Of Representatives, Mozilla, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, GAO, Greg, Congressional

The Wing poaches Snap’s comms director

Women-focused co-working space The Wing has hired Rachel Racusen as vice president of communications. Racusen has been the director of communications at Snap, the developer of Snapchat, since late 2016. Racusen’s exit represents the latest in a series of departures at the “camera company.” Earlier this year, the company’s chief financial officer Tim Stone stepped down. Shortly after, The Wall Street Journal reported that Snap had fired its global security head Francis Racioppi after an invest...
Tags: Startups, Barack Obama, Tech, Snapchat, Venture Capital, Airbnb, Vice President, Evan Spiegel, WeWork, Casper, Sequoia Capital, Msnbc, Wall Street Journal, Upfront Ventures, General Counsel, Snap

Enterprise blockchain startup Offchain Labs scores $3.7M seed round

Two of the issues limiting blockchain adoption in the enterprise has been lack of scalability and privacy. Offchain Labs, a startup that spun out of research at Princeton, wants to help create more scalable smart contracts while shifting part of the process off of the public blockchain to increase privacy. Today, the company announced a $3.7M seed round led by Pantera Capital. Compound VC, Raphael Ouzan of Blocknation, Jake Seid, managing director at Stone Bridge Ventures and other unnamed inves...
Tags: Startups, Enterprise, Obama, White House, Funding, Tech, Ibm, Princeton, Sap, Blockchain, Cto, Princeton University, Ed Felten, Felten, Enterprise Blockchain, Offchain Labs

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