Sanders streaming into a house party near you; there were no privacy advocates in House subcommittee meeting on the Internet of Things; and more.
Cryptowars, continued: A coalition of privacy, civil liberties, and internet freedom groups have generated more than 6.1 million faxes to Members of Congress from internet users opposed to the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), Fight for the Future announced yesterday. (The faxes are being sent electronically, so no trees are being harmed in the process, FFTF says.)
On Medium, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) explains why CISA won’t protect anyone from hackers.
Kate Kaye of AdAge reports on a House subcommittee hearing earlier this week on the Internet of Things that “consisted entirely of representatives from industry groups,” without even one privacy advocate. “it comes as no surprise,” she writes, “that the general consensus among witnesses was that innovators should be free to innovate without the threat of overreaching privacy legislation getting in the way.”
Tech and the presidentials: Classified emails on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private server had information from five U.S. intelligence agencies, Marisa Taylor, Greg Gordon, and Anita Kumar report for McClatchy DC.
The Clinton campaign is pretty upset at the New York Times for how it bungled its coverage of the non-“criminal referral” story last week, as this letter from its communications director Jennifer Palmieri to Times executive editor Dean Baquet shows.
Senator Bernie Sanders’ campaign says more than 100,000 supporters attended more than 3,500 house parties Wednesday night, all listening to the candidate via a video live-stream, Nick Corasaniti reports for the New York Times. “Attendees at the house parties were asked to text a number to opt in and show interest,” he notes.
Money talks: Former President Jimmy Carter tells talk radio host Thom Hartman that thanks to unlimited money in politics, America is “just an oligarchy, with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nominations for president or to elect the president. And the same thing applies to governors and U.S. senators and congressmembers.”
GenderAvengers: Ainsley O’Connell reports for Fast Company on Quibb founder Sandi MacPherson’s 50-50 pledge effort to get conference organizers to commit to equalize their numbers of male and female speakers.
Government opening: Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced his city’s new “Open and Protected Data Policy,” opening more city data to the public including parking meter usage info, firearm recovery data, wifi usage data, recycling info and library user counts.
This is civic tech: Happy Birthday to Crisis Text Line, which turns two tomorrow. It now processes more than 20,000 messages per day.
The city of Palo Alto, California, is starting to use a new digital commenting tool built by Peak Democracy to further engage residents in helping update its comprehensive plan, Susan Schena reports for Patch.