The current political climate has sparked an unprecedented rise in political activism, both on the left and the right. Which is great! It’s good for democracy for citizens to be engaged in civic activism and publicly working to shape policy. But a lot of these activists are new activists, fresh on the scene, and might…
Do you care about the 2020 census? You should. We all probably should care more about the 2020 census, because John Thompson, the director of the Census Bureau and the man in charge of running the 2020 census, stepped down last week. It’s hard to overstate what huge news this is, and yet the story isn’t getting a ton…
The media is ablaze over President Trump sharing classified information with Russian foreign officials—but what is classified information exactly? And what happens if you disclose it? Good news: You’ve been granted clearance to acquire this not-quite-top-secret knowledge.
Whistleblowing is in the news this week: Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates is preparing to testify in front of a Senate panel on May 8th, and CNN reports that she will say she warned the White House about Michael Flynn’s connections with Russia almost three weeks before Flynn was fired.
Every day it seems like there’s another hack, password theft, or leak. Both government agencies and private companies are regularly attacked, by intruders just looking for sensitive data to sell, or foreign actors looking for valuable information. That alone is reason enough for a Presidential candidate to at least…
For the last week, Pokémon Go players have been taking part in a secret battle to gain control of the most visible and coveted gym in the entire country: the White House.
A growing number of businesses are offering whole body cryotherapy, telling customers it can treat everything from asthma and Alzheimer’s right through to insomnia and arthritis. The US Food and Drug Administration is finally speaking out on the practice, saying there’s no evidence to back the many purported…
Blackberry’s most loyal customer has always been the US government. But it looks like things are changing, for the Senate at least. According to a memo, the Senate is ending its years-long relationship with Blackberry.
House Representative Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) has put forward a bill that will require retailers to ask for identification from anyone buying a prepaid cellphone.
Over 80,000 people are expected to arrive in Austin over the next week for the mesquite-scented, queso-chugging festival SXSW—including the president of the US, who will be delivering the keynote for the tech portion of the nerd circus today.
In 2011, the U.S. Department Of Transportation audited the America’s car safety regulator, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and made recommendations on how it could be better at dealing with car defects. Five years later, a new audit from DOT still sees “significant safety concerns being overlooked.”
A hacker has published the personal details of 20,000 Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and 9,000 Department of Homeland Security officers online.
Today’s the day, folks. Today, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will let you register your drone on a brand new and surprisingly sharp-looking website. Well, saying the government will “let you register your drone” is putting it lightly. The FAA is forcing you to.
Juniper Networks, a US government subcontractor, has been compromised in a hack that could have exposed countless classified communications over the past three years.
Flying a quadrotor near an actual airport is a dumb idea to begin with, but it hasn’t stopped some people. So, the FAA is testing technology that would track down drones—or any other R/C aircraft—that are getting a little too close for comfort.
If Congress cannot approve a budget for 2016 by September 30, the end of this fiscal year, the US government will shut down. It’s a likely scenario since there are just a few more working days for lawmakers to come to an agreement and there’s no sign of that in sight. Here’s what you need to know about how a…
The Freedom of Information Act has allowed U.S. citizens to request important information since 1967. This infographic explains the entire request process for when the information on the internet just doesn’t cut it.
In an open letter to Congress today, ex-astronaut and current NASA head honcho Charles F. Bolden Jr. shared some choice words: Quit wasting money, and start sending US astronauts to space aboard US spacecraft.