Violations

Why Crowdpac is suspending Republican fundraisers; an invitation to discuss distributed volunteer disaster response; and more.


  • In a new post for Civicist, Liz Barry, Greg Bloom, Willow Brugh, and Tammy Shapiro invite you to a convening on disaster response to share experiences and skills and explore ways to promote equity and justice through modern crisis response.

  • This is civic tech: Code for America has announced a partnership with the San Francisco district attorney’s office to help wipe out thousands of marijuana convictions dating back to 1975, NBC reports.

  • From Russia with love: In the middle of the 2016, the Russian Internet Research Agency targeted teen girls with malware disguised as a way to listen to music while browsing Facebook—The Daily Beast’s Kevin Poulsen explains what it did and why it might have been useful.

  • A man with a history of selling spammy and fake social media services rebranded himself as a security expert and has been using his skills to promote his book and his new think tank, and to get top brass from the Marine Corps, Department of Homeland Security, NASA, the NSA, the White House, and the FBI, Craig Silverman reports for BuzzFeed.

  • Karsten Muller and Carlo Schwarz are investigating the link between online hate speech, and offline violence, and found that a rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes since the 2016 election has mostly taken place in counties with high Twitter use.

  • The Tor Project’s Orbot has been installed more than 20 million times and has more than 2 million active users, they write.

  • Must read: Crowdpac, the political crowdfunding site geared to emerging leaders fundraising for the first time, has announced that they are temporarily suspending fundraising for Republican candidates on the platform. “This decision has been a hard one for our company, but as Trumpism has spread through the Republican Party we’ve started to see an increase in campaigns for Republican candidates that we cannot allow on our platform,” acting CEO Jesse Thomas writes. “For example, Patrick Little is the top polling Republican candidate for US Senate in California. He is also an avowed Neo-Nazi comfortable enough in this new era of Trumpism to run for federal office under the banner of the party of Lincoln. His campaign tried to use our open and non-partisan platform to create a fundraising campaign that clearly violated our values as well as our anti-hate speech and anti-hate-group guidelines calling for donations that could help him remove “jews from power”.”

  • The Omidyar Network, along with the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has invested in the Bharat Inclusion Initiative, which will support start-ups in India working on access to services like financial inclusion, livelihood, education, and health.

  • What sharing economy? On average, Uber drivers earn roughly $9.21 in hourly wages, according to a new paper by Economic Policy Institute Fellow Lawrence Mishel, and gig platforms account for less of the economy than previously thought.

  • Civic Hall entrepreneur-in-residence Abigail Edgecliffe-Johnson launched a Kickstarter for her STEM-teaching race car toys yesterday. The goal is to raise 75,000 in the next 35 days.