Facebook’s new “Town Hall” feature helps you find and contact your government reps

 In Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s nearly 6,000-word manifesto published last month, he laid out a number of global ambitions he had for the social network in the days ahead – including one where its users became more “civically-engaged” and voted more often. Now, it seems Facebook has taken its first steps toward making that possible, through a new feature… Read More

Tutoring startup Toot launches into twin policy storms around education and immigration

 Earlier this week, as President Donald Trump was readying his second attempt to block immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries, two entrepreneurs — a refugee from Iran and the daughter of an Iranian immigrant, were laying the groundwork for the launch of their business aiming to transform educational access. The dichotomy between the founders of Toot, who are trying to expand access… Read More

Trump could spark brain drain at the NSA

(Reuters) – The National Security Agency risks a brain-drain of hackers and cyber spies due to a tumultuous reorganization and worries about the acrimonious relationship between the intelligence community and President Donald Trump, according to current and former NSA officials and cybersecurity industry sources. Half-a-dozen cybersecurity executives told Reuters they had witnessed a marked increase […]

The American Formula

It’s that time of year when investors (including me) spend the morning reading Warren Buffett’s annul shareholder letter. There are always nuggets of wisdom and insight in these letters and I enjoy them very much. In this year’s letter, Warren spells out the formula that America has used to build the greatest economy in the […]

The Monthly Match

Last month, when the Gotham Gal and I and our friends Brad and Amy combined to match $20k of donations to the ACLU and ended up raising $120k on a weekend that saw the ACLU raise over $25mm, we committed to do a match every month for all of 2017. Part of me wants to keep […]

Politwoops adds realtime stats for politicians’ deleted tweets across 54 countries

176957-politwoops-2015-06-04-01-821cc4-large-1440322243 Today Politwoops, the service that tracks politicians’ deleted tweets in an effort to hold elected officials accountable for the statements they’ve made on social media, announced it’s now up-and-running in 54 countries worldwide and has added the ability to show realtime statistics. That is, you’re able to see how fast a tweet has been deleted by a politician or… Read More

EPA employees go rogue on Twitter to protest Trump and Pruitt

EPA employees smarting under the social media gag order of President Trump and last week’s appointment of Scott Pruitt as Administrator are going online — in droves — to voice their discontent. Numerous “alternative” Twitter accounts are lighting up in advance of a meeting between Pruitt and staffers scheduled for Tuesday. Below are excerpts from […]

Congressman calls for investigation of Trump’s insecure Android phone

California Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu on Friday asked the House Oversight Committee to launch an investigation into President Donald Trump’s use of an insecure Android smartphone. Trump’s well-documented attachment to the device is, Lieu says, a threat to national security. “Cybersecurity experts universally agree that an ordinary Android smartphone, which the President is reportedly using […]