Silicon Valley Watcher (Tech Policy)

2015
March
03,
2015
| 11:16 PM America/Los_Angeles
Sustainability gurus from Facebook, Yahoo and Ebay all agreed that green energy is good for their users and good for the planet, on a panel Tuesday evening in San Francisco at the Commonwealth Club of California.The "Clean Cloud" event was part of Th...
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January
27,
2015
| 01:09 PM America/Los_Angeles
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a digital civil rights defense group based in San Francisco, unveiled a multi-step plan to end mass surveillance of Internet users anywhere in the world.Rainey Reitman, Activism Director at EFF, wrote:The Nat...
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January
08,
2015
| 09:05 PM America/Los_Angeles
Lester Lefton's message at Cengage education conference, "You have the power."Chris Knight reports on the prospects for President Obama's offer of free community college courses.By guest blogger Chris Knight Fixing education requires more than just b...
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2014
April
11,
2014
| 01:55 PM America/Los_Angeles
Victoria Espinel, the recently appointed head of BSA | The Software Alliance (formerly Business Software Alliance) visited San Francisco recently to gauge the mood of Silicon Valley towards software patents and intellectual property laws in the US an...
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2013
August
15,
2013
| 11:38 AM America/Los_Angeles
Newark mayor Cory Booker is running for Senate. credit: Karsten Moran - New York Times.Emma Green at The Atlantic tries to answer this question: What does Silicon Valley get from backing Newark, New Jersey mayor Cory Booker? There's been a huge amoun...
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July
24,
2013
| 05:18 PM America/Los_Angeles
Forbes obtained the blueprints (above) for the NSA's one million square foot data storage facility being build in Utah, and due to open in September.Kashmir Hill reports that experts have said it's likely not as formidable as some prior estimates: Bl...
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July
10,
2013
| 03:23 PM America/Los_Angeles
Google's PR machine will let you know about all its wonderful "Green" projects and the $1 billion it's invested in energy from wind and sun: Google makes $1 billion investment in renewable energy - SFGateBut you'll have to go elsewhere to hear about ...
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February
07,
2013
| 12:46 AM America/Los_Angeles
Here is the first of regular weekly Friday posts from Amy Seidman's Noble Profit, which interviews executives at companies that are striving for a better way of building sustainable businesses.By Amy SeidmanWatch Anne Smart from Silicon Valley Leader...
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2012
April
18,
2012
| 02:21 PM America/Los_Angeles
Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, wrote that his comments about Internet freedom made to The Guardian Newspaper needed some clarification.He begins by re-stating his original premise: "I believe the internet has been one of the greatest forces for g...
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January
25,
2012
| 12:32 PM America/Los_Angeles
Dana Oshiro, publishing analyst at ad network NetShelter, poses an interesting question: "how do you determine race and ethnicity online? "This question arose from her recent attendance at the White House Hispanic Community Action Summit in San Jose,...
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2011
December
01,
2011
| 02:53 PM America/Los_Angeles
(Peter Dengate-Thrush, far right, outside an ICANN meeting in Paris. Source: ICANN)ICANN, the California non-profit organization responsible for setting the name of all domains, will soon allow a vast array of new names to be created. Beginning next ...
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July
05,
2011
| 09:05 PM America/Los_Angeles
Cisco Systems is helping the Chinese government build a massive surveillance system that will include more than 500,000 cameras. The Wall Street Journal reported that the "Peaceful Chongqing" project gets around US restrictions on US companies helpin...
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April
26,
2011
| 10:23 PM America/Los_Angeles
Cisco's recent sudden closure of its Flip video camera division put nearly 600 people out of work and killed a $590 million investment.Market research firm IHS iSuppli today released its analysis of the move, calling it "shrewd" but said Cisco missed...
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January
28,
2011
| 11:45 AM America/Los_Angeles
Free Press, the non-partisan lobbying organization, reports that US companies are involved in providing technology that helps the Egyptian government monitor protestors on the Internet and mobile phones.Free Press issued a statement that claims:Boein...
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2010
September
02,
2010
| 01:11 PM America/Los_Angeles
The Washington, DC organization Consumer Watchdog is making a big publicity push for its "Do not track me" campaign, which asks Congress to create a list for people that don't want to be monitored on the Internet.If the campaign succeeds it will be a...
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August
10,
2010
| 07:18 PM America/Los_Angeles
We won't be able to have net neutrality/open Internet because the Telcos will always have the right to prioritize their own services over their own networks.So let's have real competition to the Telcos.But the US has Luddite Telcos. The US has some o...
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August
05,
2010
| 04:30 PM America/Los_Angeles
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has stopped its practice of closed door meetings because of public pressure in the wake of reports of talks between Google and Verizon on a preferential arrangement prioritizing Internet traffic.FCC Chairma...
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July
20,
2010
| 05:13 PM America/Los_Angeles
The Federal Communications Commission today released a report that criticizes broadband rollout as not being deployed in a reasonable and timely manner.The report found that less than 2% of US broadband connections are capable of originating a high d...
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February
23,
2010
| 05:02 PM America/Los_Angeles
J. Nichols Hoover, at InformationWeek, reports that Michael McConnell, former director of national intelligence, Tuesday told the Senate committee on commerce, transportation, and technology:"The cyber risk has become so important that, in my view, i...
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January
05,
2010
| 08:38 AM America/Los_Angeles
Yesterday I made the case that Google's Nexus phone is nothing without the network. Whatever wonderful software and features Google and partners pile onto the phone, it is the network operators that have the final say on whether they will allow it --...
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2009
January
21,
2009
| 01:00 PM America/Los_Angeles
President Barack Obama has promised to appoint a Chief Technology Officer for the US. I've heard some great suggestions from readers and I'm sure they would do a great job. My top choice would be Judy Estrin because of these qualities:- she is a succ...
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January
20,
2009
| 10:25 PM America/Los_Angeles
Here is my choice for President Obama's Chief Technology Officer position.My choice for President Obama’s CTO . . . | Tom Foremski: IMHO | ZDNet.comI describe all the essential qualities, see if you can guess who I'm describing. I will donate 4 hours...
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January
20,
2009
| 07:55 PM America/Los_Angeles
I think President Obama's CTO should be from Silicon Valley because we have some very capable people here, but more importantly, it would serve as a fantastic recognition that we have a national treasure here: an incredible engine of innovation that ...
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January
20,
2009
| 12:20 PM America/Los_Angeles
President Barack Obama's administration comes to power with a large number of expectations from many sectors of society and industries. It is a testament to his victory that he has been able to become a beacon of change to so many.One key industry ex...
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2008
August
07,
2008
| 01:24 PM America/Los_Angeles
Lawrence Lessig, a Stanford university law professor, claims that the US government has prepared a type of Patriot Act that is in place and ready for Congress should a major security event occur, a 9-11 type event. And just like the Patriot Act conta...
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July
22,
2008
| 04:00 PM America/Los_Angeles
Vint Cerf, father of the Internet and chief Internet evangelist for Google.I interviewed Mr Cerf at the Fortune Brainstorm conference in Half Moon Bay. He often speaks about net neutrality. In this interview he says that companies such as Verizon mis...
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March
12,
2008
| 12:44 AM America/Los_Angeles
I know they mean well, but tech execs are really bad at lobbying Washington. Earlier, I wrote about the tech policy agenda unveiled by top US tech executives, all members of the Technet organization. [Please see ZDNet: Tech giants reveal their agenda...
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January
16,
2008
| 01:50 PM America/Los_Angeles
It was a cold night in San Francisco but plenty of people made it out to the Electronic Frontier Foundation's 17th birthday party at 111 Minna. Here is a 3 minute walk through the event, see if you can spot co-founder John Perry Barlow. Scott Beale f...
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2007
October
21,
2007
| 01:05 AM America/Los_Angeles
Comcast's blocking of large file transfers is just the tip of the iceberg. And it is only a matter of time before other cable and telco companies will follow suit.This is the start of a battle for bandwidth that has been caused by enormous amounts of...
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October
11,
2007
| 04:03 PM America/Los_Angeles
Thursday morning I rushed across to the East Bay to catch TechNet's Innovation Summit at UC Berkeley--but I should have lingered longer in bed.The morning session featured Charlie Rose moderating a conversation between John Chambers, CEO of Cisco Sys...
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