Following the exodus of Facebook LGBTQ members to Ello, Facebook’s head of product published a post admitting to the company’s mistakes and promising to rectify them.
Sharp eyes at Valleywag noted Wednesday that Andrew Noyes, the head of communications at Uber, has left the company — confirmed by a bounce-back email from Uber that states, “Please note, Andrew Noyes has moved on from Uber.” Before his 11-month stint at the ride-sharing company, Noyes was best known for his work in public relations at Facebook (s fb), where he managed the communications and public policy for a host of issues, including the company’s long-running legal battle with the Winkelvosses.
While not exactly a tech heavy speech, the President’s 6th State of the Union touched on high-tech manufacturing, broadband in schools and the need to reform the patent system.
Silicon Valley and Washington D.C. are on opposite coasts and often seem like opposite worlds, but learning how they differ might help bridge some very real gaps in how tech policy is talked about and implemented.
Twitter has changed its policy on what happens when a user blocks another user, and some of those who have been subjected to harassment on the network say the changes actually make things worse instead of better
In New York, it’s not uncommon for someone to get their phone snatched right out of his hands on the subway, in the middle of Candy Crush Saga, by a hot-footed thief.
New York State Senator Jeffrey D. Klein wants to curb the practice, according to the New York Times, by requiring business to see or have “proof of ownership” (like a sales receipt) to buy or sell smartphones. While it wouldn’t stop one-off Craigslist sales or shadier practices, if it’s passed it could shine a light on where a phone goes after it leaves its owner’s hands.
There’s great need for security in the Internet of Things. Can the industry make itself better, or will the government have to step in?
Policy makers should take a look at the Clinton White House for clues on how to regulate mobile technologies, argued a former White House advisor at GigaOM’s Mobilize.
The Comparing Constitutions Project has launched new web tool called Constitute, which lets users search their way through the world’s constitutions by keyword or theme. Not only is the tool handy for gathering info on international laws, but it’s also indicative of how the web can ease access to valuable data via nice interfaces masking lots of complicated data-prep work. The organization’s website has lots of other constitutional data and visualizations, too.
Yup. Makes me wonder if the tech companies that have been lobbying for Patriot Act reform over the past few years were doing so in part to get out from under the NSA’s thumb. Policy discussions were always couched in geopolitical language, but they must have foreseen the backlash even from U.S. customers if word ever got out about what was up.