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White House cybersecurity chief quits, says leadership is inviting an attack

White House computer security Chief Dimitrios Vistakis gave the White House one helluva resignation notice earlier this week when he quit over practices he dubbed “absurd” including the systemic purging of cybersecurity staff. They say that history repeats itself. Unfortunately given all of the changes I’ve seen in the past three months, I foresee the …

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Warren denounces Amazon for ‘trying to tilt the Seattle City Council elections’ with $1.45M – GeekWire

Sen. Elizabeth Warren at a rally in Seattle. (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop) It’s unusual for an east coast senator and presidential candidate to wade into local politics in a city on the other side of the country. But that’s what happened Saturday when Sen. Elizabeth Warren got wind of Amazon’s equally unusual $1.45 million …

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Seattle progressives fired up over Amazon’s $1.45M spending on local elections – GeekWire

Councilmember Kshama Sawant holds a press conference at City Hall in 2017 during a debate over a new tax on big business. (GeekWire Photo / Monica Nickelsburg) Amazon’s $1 million political contribution announced Tuesday — on top of $450,000 the company previously spent on elections in its hometown — struck a nerve with Seattle progressives worried about …

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Trump gets on Twitch – TechCrunch

The reelection campaign will be livestreamed. US president Donald Trump has joined Amazon-owned livestreaming platform Twitch. Twitch is best known as a social video streaming platform for gamers but does host other content, including politics. The verified DonaldTrump Twitch account, spotted earlier by Reuters, has just one video in the recent broadcast section so far: …

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California bans law enforcement from using facial recognition software for the next 3 years

California lawmakers today passed a bill placing a three-year state-wide moratorium on the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement agencies. AB 1215, The Body Camera Accountability Act, was introduced earlier this year by assemblymember Phil Tang, a Democrat. Both San Francisco and Oakland previously passed similar bills preventing the use of facial recognition …

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Do tech workers vote? New survey shows they do — and these are the top issues on their minds – GeekWire

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan speaks at a 2018 launch event for sea.citi, alongside Amazon public policy manager Eileen Sullivan, and sea.citi CEO Nick Merriam. (GeekWire Photo / Monica Nickelsburg) Tech workers in progressive cities such as Seattle and San Francisco have a bad rap when it comes to civic engagement. As a Seattle Google engineer …

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Apple reportedly pulls app that warns Hong Kong citizens about police activity

Apple has reportedly pulled an app that allows people in Hong Kong to keep track of protests and police activity in the city state from its App Store. The app, called HKmap.live, is a Waze-like live map of the anti-extradition law amendment bill (ELAB) demonstrations that have gripped the autonomous region since June, keeping people …

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Why Microsoft won’t unplug government agencies despite opposition to Trump policies – GeekWire

Microsoft President Brad Smith speaking about his new book ‘Tools and Weapons’ at Seattle’s Town Hall. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) A new wave of employee activism is forcing tech companies to rethink — and in several cases cancel — contracts with the federal government because of some of President Donald Trump’s controversial policies. While …

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TikTok censored posts about Trump, Christianity, and LGBTQ relationships

TikTok‘s 500 million users aren’t there to fight about politics, troll their enemies, or shitpost for lolz. They’re mostly a community of inclusive, fun-loving content creators who support one another. You can thank the Chinese government’s commitment to exporting censorship for that. A recent report from The Guardian revealed that ByteDance, the Chinese company that …

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US Government’s Huawei Ban Will Probably Go Into Effect Next Month

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Chinese technology giant Huawei was the second-largest smartphone maker in the world at this time last year, but its fortunes have taken a downturn in 2019. The US government hit the firm with a trade ban last spring, but a …

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Tech CEO tells employees he’s obligated to accept any government contract regardless of morality

“I do not believe that it is appropriate, practical, or within our mission to examine specific government projects with the purpose of selecting which U.S. agencies we should or should not do business.” Barry Crist, CEO of Chef, in an email to employees. “And to be clear: I also find policies such as separating families …

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Brand marketers are more comfortable taking political stands even as the stakes rise – Econsultancy

According to the Duke University Fuqua School of Business twice-annual CMO Survey, more than a quarter of top marketers now believe it’s appropriate for their brands to take positions on political issues. That’s up significantly from February 2018, when the CMO Survey began asking respondents about this subject. At that time, just over 17% expressed …

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