Category: Politics

Want to influence policy around the City of Portland surveillance technology?

When it comes to tracking citizens with technology, these days it’s way more than just closed circuit cameras or cell tower tracking. The number of technologies available to the City of Portland include “any software, electronic device, system utilizing an electronic device, or similar used, designed, or primarily intended to collect, retain, analyze, process, or share audio, electronic, visual, location, thermal, olfactory, biometric, or similar information specifically associated with, or capable of being associated with, any individual or group.”

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Senator Wyden battles Patriot Act access to Web browsing records

I always respect Senator Ron Wyden‘s work to protect both privacy and a free and open Internet. He’s been at the forefront of this work for a long time. And has been one of the critical voices in protecting a platform that has enabled the sites, ecommerce, and social media we enjoy on the Web, today. This time, Senator Wyden is working against the FBI using Patriot Act Section 215 to access Web browsing logs.

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Roundup: Coverage of the historic Portland, Oregon, facial recognition ban, “toughest” in US

Yesterday, Portland City Council voted unanimously to ban facial recognition in Portland, Oregon. It’s being called an “historic” move. And regarded as one of the toughest facial recognition bans in the United States. Here’s a roundup of all the coverage about this historic and precedent setting move.

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Chatting with Portland mayoral candidate Sarah Iannarone

Thursday is the deadline for getting your ballots in the mail. But you’re not the only one procrastinating by not voting. It took me up until the last minute to schedule a live interview with Portland mayoral candidate Sarah Iannarone. But we’re squeaking it in. Just under the wire.

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Meet the Startup: Portland’s next mayor

Given that it’s ballot day in Portland and we know you’ve been busy working on your startup, we thought we’d rerun the mayoral episodes of Meet the Startup.

That way, you get to meet the candidates and it serves as reminder to get your ballot submitted. Win win. Read More

Legislating Oregon’s entrepreneurial future: Oregon Investment Act, House Bill 4040

You might not realize it, but Oregon’s legislature is in the midst of determining the entrepreneurial future of our state, this week. Currently on the floor is Oregon House Bill 4040: The Oregon Investment Act which “Establishes Oregon Growth Fund and Oregon Growth Board to encourage investment in and availability of capital to Oregon businesses and to further economic development in Oregon.”

Problem is that the legislature adjourns on Wednesday. Read More

Meet the Startup: Chatting with Portland mayoral candidate Jefferson Smith

Continuing our discussions with Portland mayoral candidates, we sit down today with Jefferson Smith. Folks know Jefferson as a born and bred Portlander, a member of the Oregon legislature, and a the founder of the Bus Project.

But there are a few things you might not know about Jefferson, including his view on the Portland startup community. Read More

Political party: Mayoral candidate Eileen Brady celebrates the Portland startup scene

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: Given Portland’s aggressive humility, we often fail to do an adequate job of celebrating our startup successes. But that—happily—is beginning to change.

Now, mayoral candidate Eileen Brady would like to help the Portland startup scene celebrate. And you’re invited. Read More

Think Senator Ron Wyden is the only one who thinks SOPA sucks? Think again

Our Senator Ron Wyden is doing his part to stop SOPAthe incredibly inane bill that would cripple the Internet we know and love—but what can you, ordinary concerned citizen do?

Well, you can change your Twitter avatar to reflect your Stop SOPA leanings, for one thing. Read More

Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon continues his stand against Internet censorship. And you can join him.

Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon has a long history of standing up to legislation that affects the Internet. And we think that’s pretty cool. Especially since many of us have jobs and products and blogs because of his efforts.

Well—true to form—he’s standing up against another bill and he’d like to have you join him, by having your name read aloud on Capitol Hill as part of a filibuster. Read More

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