Blood

Bipartisan sharks; first ever Data For Black Lives event; and more.


  • Former President Jimmy Carter takes to the pages of The New York Times to ask for easy, perhaps even automatic, voter registration; for a physical paper trail to make election audits possible; and “legal frameworks and technological systems that protect privacy and the security of our personal information, with processes for independent oversight,” among other things. Easy peasy, right?

  • BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith writes that there’s blood in the water in Silicon Valley, but the threat from the proverbial sharks is still distant. Even Smith concedes that, concluding, “This isn’t to say that the end is near for these new giants—or even for Uber, whose business is, it says, still growing. Just that the golden age is over. The new era for them will be normal politics, normal regulation, with California senators deep in their pockets who fight for them as hard as Texans fight for oil, but with a deep bipartisan current flowing against them.”

  • Politico’s Nancy Scola also covered the growing political consensus against tech giants.

  • The City of Charlotte’s Citizens Review Board has voted to make past policy recommendations to the local police department available to the public, Anna Douglas reports for the Charlotte Observer, a first in the Review Board’s 20-year history.

  • Now Toronto’s Elena Yunusov interviewed the co-founders of the Environmental Data Gathering Initiative, Dawn Walker and Matt Price.

  • Tech support: If you think that the security breach at Equifax that exposed the data of 143 million Americans was bad, wait until you read Brian Krebs report about how well they protected the information of Argentinians.

  • Update: On Monday we pointed to a post by Anthony Citrano, a network engineer, that questioned Peter Daou’s claim that his new pro-Clinton site Verrit was the victim of a DDoS attack, arguing that instead it went down last week because it wasn’t prepared for a rush of attention. That post has since been updated to say “original IPv4 address was hit with a minor UDP NTP amplification attack shortly after their launch,” although Citrano stands by his point that the attack was neither sophisticated nor persistent. “This is a textbook example of a bungled site launch, and I think if I got Peter drunk enough he’d admit that,” Citrano writes. “Even if Verrit really was a target that evening, it could easily have been prevented.”

  • Attend: The Gender Equity Working Group is convening two meetings this month in San Francisco to discuss getting to workplace gender equity, on September 25 and September 26. Both are free and open to the public with an RSVP.

  • Code for America has announced the inaugural Brigade Congress, a participatory unconference by and for brigade volunteers, will take place in Philadelphia from October 13 – 15, Christopher Wink reports for Technical.ly Philly. You can learn more and buy tickets here.

  • And this November, attend the first ever Data For Black Lives event at MIT. Learn more here.