Deported

Open data down south; the man spending millions to get Elon Musk to dump Trump; and more.


  • Trump watch: In February, 23-year-old Juan Manuel Montes, who was brought to the U.S. at age nine and has been twice granted protection from deportation under DACA, was approached by U.S. Customs and Border Protections, Alan Gomez and David Agren report for USA Today. He didn’t have his wallet on him so was unable to produce documents proving his protected status, and within three hours Montes was deported, in spite of the fact that Trump has claimed to have a “big heart” with regard to DREAMers.

  • A Democrat in Georgia narrowly missed an outright win last night to replace Tom Price and will have to wait until a runoff in June for a second opportunity to #FlipThe6th, Jonathan Martin and Richard Fausset report for The New York Times.

  • In the run up to the hotly contested election in Georgia’s 6th congressional district yesterday, Facebook reminded residents in the area to go vote, Aaron Gould Sheinin reports for AJC.com, something they have long done for federal elections but only recently began using in local elections.

  • More news from down south: Birmingham, Alabama Mayor William Bell signed new open data policy, and will work with OpenGov to build an open data portal for information on public safety and city financials, according to an OpenGov press release.

  • Doug Derwin, the man who canceled his Tesla order to protest Elon Musk’s connections to the Trump administration, is prepared to spend $2 million dollars on Musk-dump-Trump efforts, Ashlee Vance reports for Bloomberg Technology.

  • Life in Facebookistan: Facebook is a media company, argues The Washington Post’s Margaret Sullivan, and needs to take more responsibility and control over what they publish.

  • Netflix CEO Reed Hastings claims the company doesn’t worry about Amazon and HBO—because “home entertainment is not a zero-sum game”—so much as they worry about their biggest competitor, sleep, Alex Hern reports for The Guardian.

  • Opportunity: The deadline to submit a proposal for a Digital Impact Grant, which support “research and innovation to strengthen the safe, ethical and effective use of digital resources in civil society,” is June 12. Learn more and apply here.

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