Tech Politics

When the robots come to Austin, we will probably kick them.

Last year, the Austin City Council approved the use of delivery robots in town. The robot delivery company in question is called Starship Technologies (even though based on their robot design Droid Technoiogies would probably been a better... wait that’s...

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Talking about Trump, China and tech company ZTE with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we discussed in a tech segment the ongoing saga about ZTE, a Chinese telecommunications and electronics maker that could be saved from doom by the president after the U.S. Department of Commerce took action...

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Russian bots and the Austin bombings: Can fact-checking offset division, misinformation?    

As fear of a serial bomber gripped the Austin metro area last week, Russia-affiliated social media accounts began to push false narratives online and cause discord. The Alliance for Securing Democracy, a bipartisan nonprofit that monitors 600 Twitter...

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Talking about Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica crisis with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, our tech topic was the crisis at Facebook over data from millions of Facebook users apparently used by a company to aid the Donald Trump presidential campaign in 2016.  This week, CEO Mark Zuckerberg...

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Sen. Bernie Sanders and CNN’s Jake Tapper cover lots of political ground in SXSW 2018 talk

In a Friday afternoon on the first day of South by Southwest 2018, CNN’s Jake Tapper and independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders had time to stretch out in front of a live audience. Addressing a over-full Ballroom D at the Austin Convention Center...

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SXSW 2018 begins on social-good activism note with Techfugees CEO Joséphine Goube

After a 15-minute opening talk by South by Southwest chief programming officer Hugh Forrest, SXSW 2018 started in earnest with an on-point talk by French activist Joséphine Goube, the CEO of Techfugees, called “Let’s Tech the Borders Down.” Since...

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From #metoo to racial divide, SXSW 2018 set to take on social issues

When South by Southwest 2018 officially puts its big arms around downtown Austin on Friday morning for the city’s annual bear hug of live music, new films and tech talk, it will provide no shortage of things to talk about. For months the SXSW Conference...

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Friday Tech Crawl: watchdogs target FCC and Sinclair, Google removes ‘View Image’ option and does holding up your phone do anything for reception?

Happy Friday, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re watching early today: Investigation targets FCC and Sinclair Broadcasting The New York Times is reporting that the committee that oversees the Federal Communications Commission launched...

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Venture capitalist Peter Thiel cancels on SXSW panel talk

Peter Thiel, the controversial Silicon Valley entrepreneur and venture capitalist, has canceled a scheduled appearance at this year’s South by Southwest. Thiel was scheduled to appear at 5 p.m. March 10 on a panel titled, “Conspiracy?! Peter Thiel...

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Wait, what? Talking about AT&T’s letter supporting net neutrality with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we revisited the ongoing battle over net neutrality, specifically an open letter from AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson urging for laws to be passed to lock rules in place, and a Burger King ad that impressively...

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