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TechCrunch Eyes the Intersection of Tech and Politics With CrunchGov

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Saying it seeks to help politicians “become better listeners” and make techies effective citizens, TechCrunch today announced the launch of CrunchGov.

In an introductory post, CrunchGov creator Greg Ferenstein explained that the new site will include a political leaderboard grading politicians on how they vote on tech and a “legislative database of technology policy.” That database will contain bills under congressional review and names of both the politicians who clearly understand the intersection of technology and policy and those who don’t have a clue.

CrunchGov’s tech-related report cards for politicos will rank legislators with “transparent criteria” that merge the political and the technical. Read More

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RoboRomney Parody: Watch the Mitt Bot Agree With Anything You Like

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If last week’s memeification of fired Big Bird is any indication of a trend, this is the world’s first GIF elections and debate-watching now consists of sitting around waiting for your joke to go viral.

RoboRomney, which you’re likely to start seeing in your Facebook Newsfeed, is on the more incisive end of the political meme-critiques (meme-tiques?).

It’s a single-serving web site that inputs your political positions on a list of topics and spits back matching Romney quotes and video montage, showing that Mitt has–at one point, at least–supported every position you could possibly take on an issue. Read More

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Netflix to Congress: Can We Get a Little Help With These Data Caps?

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This should really liven up the debate over data caps: Netflix wants Congress to step in. Man, cable companies are just going to love this.

Bloomberg reports that, in a hearing today, Netflix general counsel David Hyman told the House subcommittee on communications and technology that, “When you couple limited broadband competition with a strong desire to protect a legacy Read More

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Obama Donors Turn Out for Star Tech Staffers

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With the GOP nominee (mostly) squared away, the general election is just getting warmed up. That, of course, means that it’s now fundraising time–and the Obama administration is deploying a rather novel strategy to attract donors. The Atlantic reports that, at an event tonight in Brooklyn, the star attraction will be neither a movie star nor a rock and roller, but rather two of the campaign’s technology staffers. Geek chic, Washington-style. Read More