Tuesday , December 12 2017
Home / Congress

Congress

Here’s how the Russian ads on Facebook performed and how much they cost

It’s impossible to know just how much stuff being circulated on social networks is Russian state content in sheep’s clothing, although tech companies are scrambling to figure that out. Now, thanks to Congress, we just got a rare peek behind the curtain of how Facebook’s ad operations were manipulated by …

Read More »

On Russia, tech doesn’t know what it doesn’t know

While the Senate has spent the better part of a year making sense of Russia’s actions to influence the 2016 election, tech made quick work of its own analysis — or so it thinks. The glacial pace of Congress is often criticized, particularly contrasted to the tech industry which still …

Read More »

In their first Russia hearing, tech giants try to placate Congress (with mixed results)

On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee kicked off the first of three hearings this week examining the relationship between social media and Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The hearings mark the first time that lawmakers will hear testimony from Google, Facebook and Twitter around how their platforms …

Read More »

Bipartisan bill seeks to reform a law that allows spy agencies to surveil U.S. citizens

On Tuesday, a bipartisan group in Congress proposed legislation to rein in a controversial loophole in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) that provisions U.S. spy agencies with a legal loophole to conduct warrantless surveillance on American citizens. The bill, co-sponsored by Senate privacy hawk Ron Wyden, big government skeptic …

Read More »

After Sandberg chat, House intel plans to release Russian-bought Facebook ads to the public

After its Senate counterpart made clear that it had no intention of doing so, the House Intelligence Committee announced that it plans to publish the Russian-bought Facebook ads that the company provided as part of the committee’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election. The news comes on the …

Read More »

Chatting Equifax with Mr. Monopoly, the valiant anti-corporate greed hero we didn’t know we needed 🎩💸

In a particularly dark week for America, one ray of hope shone bright, its monocle glinting bravely in the harsh media flash. Enter Rich Uncle Pennybags, the board game fat cat better known as the Monopoly man, who made a high profile appearance at today’s Senate hearing on the Equifax …

Read More »

How the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals brought Rocio Lopez into the startup world

Ruben Harris is a professional cellist and a recovering investment banker who now leads partnerships in San Francisco for Honor, a healthcare startup focused on seniors. He is also a founder of the Breaking Into Startups podcast. More posts by this contributor: East Palo Alto was the number one murder …

Read More »