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Facebook Already Spent £2.4 Million Lobbying this Year

Facebook spent $3.3 million (~£2.4m) on lobbying in the United States during the first quarter of 2018, disclosures filed with the government Friday showed. The multi-million dollar effort marks the largest tab the company has ever racked up on lobbying in a single quarter. Read More >>

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Here Are Mark Zuckerberg’s Notes From Tuesday’s Hearing

Mark Zuckerberg is apparently as reckless with his own information as his company is with your data. The founder and CEO of Facebook left his notes open during a break in his marathon hearing before Congress and allowed an Associated Press photographer to snap a picture of the talking points. Read More >>

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Good News, We’re Getting Two Hearings With Mark Zuckerberg for the Price of One

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg—who has (reluctantly) become the face of the company’s response to the Cambridge Analytica data-sharing scandal—will testify not just in front of the US House Energy and Commerce Committee next week as previously reported, but a joint hearing of the US Senate as well. Read More >>

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The American Dreams of China’s Biggest Smartphone Brand Are Basically Dead

Lawmakers are determined to bury any dreams that Chinese electronics manufacturer Huawei has ever had of gaining traction in the US. After pressuring AT&T to kill a major deal with the company this week, members of Congress are now moving forward with a bill that would ban the federal government from working with contractors that use any equipment from Huawei or ZTE. Read More >>

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How Trump’s Stooge in Congress Fucked Up His Wiretapping Investigation

Meet Devin Nunes. The Republican congressman from California is the chair of the House Intelligence Committee and earned his badge of infamy this week when he claimed that President Trump and his associates were “incidentally monitored.” On Friday, Nunes backed down from that claim. Very embarrassing. Read More >>

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Congress Just Ordered NASA to Get Crackin’ on Mars and a Tonne of Other Things

Both the US Senate and the House of Representatives have approved a bill that will send $19.508 billion NASA and sets some very ambitious directives. All that’s standing between the space agency and getting to work is a presidential sign off. Read More >>

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US Congressional Leaders Just Took A Stand Against Anti-Vaxxers

With Donald Trump in the White House, the fringe anti-vaccine movement has seen more support in Washington than ever before. The president has not only met with leaders of this dangerous movement, but entertained appointing an anti-vaxxer to a committee charged with investigating ‘vaccine safety.’ Read More >>

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Net Activists Open Support Hotline for the Idiots Who Write Tech Laws

Have you or someone you love been appointed to an important government position, where technology is on the agenda, despite being a total dumbass? If so, Fight for the Future is here to help. Read More >>

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The White House is Redirecting Funds From The Fight Against Ebola to Combat Zika

With summer approaching, the risk of a surge in cases of the Zika virus has become a major concern for US officials, and the White House has announced that it would be redirecting money earmarked for Ebola to efforts combating Zika. Read More >>

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CIA Director: It’s the Media’s Fault That Terrorists Are So Good at Encryption 

Uh oh. Has the IS been reading Gizmodo for hot tips? Because intelligence leaders are blaming the press for encouraging IS and other terrorist organisations to “go dark.” Read More >>

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White House Seeks Approval Over Plans For Fighting Zika

The White House is asking Congress for $1.8 billion (£1.24bn) to combat the Zika virus, both within the United States and abroad. This request is a heartening sign that the Obama administration is taking Zika seriously — but not a sign that the US is bracing itself for a local mass outbreak. Read More >>

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A Whimpering Ending for the NSA’s Illegal Dragnet Spying Programme

The US National Security Agency’s (NSA) controversial bulk phone data collection programme is winding down with a weird whimper following an especially bilious round of legislative squabbling. Read More >>

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The US Secret Service Wants to Build a Replica White House

The US Secret Service hasn't been doing an awesome job guarding the White House lately, so Joseph Clancy, its director, plans to ask the House Appropriations Committee for £5.4 million so that the President's guard can build a replica White House on the Secret Service training grounds in southern Maryland. Read More >>

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What Would Change if Politicians Wrote Laws Based on Internet Polls?

A new American political party, designed by software devs and engineers, is joining the race in California. If elected, PlaceAVote's Congressional candidates vow to decide on every bill based on the majority vote of their constituents—as measured via online polling. Could that sort of direct, digital democracy improve how politics works? Would it make governments more dysfunctional? (Is the latter even possible?) Read More >>