Monthly Archives: June 2013

PolitiHacks Digest – 24 June 2013 – Immigration bill enters the Senate end game

These folks want your support: StopWatching.us—Oppose government surveillance of us? Support Sen. Moran’s startup visa amendment Got a cause you want to share? Tell me. Political issues affecting startups:  Open Internet and Privacy What to know: StopWatching.us petition crosses 400k signees EFF … Continue reading

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PolitiHacks Digest – 17 June 2013 – What happens when a bill is debated in Congress?

These folks want your support: StopWatching.us—Oppose government surveillance of us? Support Sen. Moran’s startup visa amendment Lincoln Labs—Local to the Bay Area? Check out this politically-themed hackathon focusing on economic liberty this weekend Got a cause you want to share? Tell … Continue reading

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PolitiHacks Digest – 17 June 2013 – 84-15? 82-15? What the first two Senate votes on immigration mean

The Senate opened up debate on Tuesday with two procedural votes, with an additional vote scheduled and withdrawn on Monday. These two votes passed first 82-15, then 84-15. They represent a big win for immigration reform supporters. First: Monday, Sen. … Continue reading

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PolitiHacks Digest – 10 June 2013 – What are the politics of the NSA surveillance leaks?

These folks want your support: EFF: Oppose massive government surveillance program Support Sen. Moran’s startup visa amendment Lincoln Labs—Local to the Bay Area? Check out this politically-themed hackathon focusing on economic liberty Got a cause you want to share? Tell me. … Continue reading

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PolitiHacks Digest – 10 June 2013 – What’s going on with the NSA surveillance programs?

The Washington Post dropped a bombshell that the government was engaged in a massive surveillance program (PRISM) with the compliance of major US tech companies. Opponents are in an uproar; expect another clash between open internet, national security. Critics quickly led to … Continue reading

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PolitiHacks Digest – 10 June 2013 – Background: The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Scandal of 2005-6, National Security Letters and the oddly similar Google, Facebook, Apple denials

PRISM and the related Verizon records requests seems to have been authorized following the FISA scandals of ’05-’06.Which is interesting in the context of Obama’s recent nominee to be the next FBI director, who opposed the FISA warrentless wiretapping program, … Continue reading

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PolitiHacks Digest – 10 June 2013 – What should we expect from the immigration debate?

Debate begins Tuesday on the comprehensive immigration reform bill, which will be the largest overhaul of the US immigration system since at least 1986 or 1990, possibly even 1965, which created the modern immigration system. Right now, between 52 and 54 … Continue reading

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