Government & Policy

The era of oil-driven foreign policy is over. Welcome to decarbonization diplomacy • ZebethMedia

For much of the 20th century, oil dominated foreign policy. Countries spent the better part of the century scrambling to secure supply. Sometimes it happened through negotiations and diplomacy. All too often it resulted in the overthrow of governments or outright invasions. But with fossil fuels on the wane, we’re starting to get a glimpse […]

The US Securing Open Source Software Act of 2022 is a step in the right direction • ZebethMedia

Passionate about technology and open source software, Javier Perez is chief open source evangelist and senior director of product management at Perforce. Cybersecurity continues to be a hot topic. More and more organizations are getting hit by ransomware attacks, critical open software vulnerabilities are making news, and we’re seeing industries and governments coming together to […]

India proposes permitting cross-border data transfers with certain countries in new privacy bill • ZebethMedia

India has proposed a new comprehensive data privacy law that will mandate how companies handle data of its citizens, including permitting cross-border transfer of information with certain nations, three months after it abruptly withdrew the previous proposal amid scrutiny and concerns from privacy advocates and tech giants. The nation’s IT ministry published a draft of […]

Ticketmaster faces antitrust scrutiny after Taylor Swift ticket chaos • ZebethMedia

Ticketmaster is facing more scrutiny from politicians after its chaotic presales for tickets to Taylor Swift’s tour. Tennessee attorney general Jonathan Skrmetti said he is looking into whether Ticketmaster violated consumer’s rights and antitrust regulations. Skrmetti is the latest politician who has called attention to Ticketmaster and Live Nation’s hold on the ticketing market. This […]

FCC orders ISPs to show broadband ‘nutrition labels’ with all fees and limits • ZebethMedia

Hidden fees and unexpected rate hikes have become an expected part of Americans’ internet, cable, and phone bills, but the FCC just passed a rule that may make this a lot less common. Broadband providers will now have to “prominently” display a “nutrition label” with all fees, catches, and caps clearly stated for any plan […]

Beam raises $6.4M to help citizens access safety net funds • ZebethMedia

Beam, a startup that helps citizens access government financial aid, has raised $6.4 million in Series A funding. The company, previously known as Edquity, helps deliver funds across a wide array of programs, like emergency cash assistance, rental relief and public utility benefits. “We fundamentally work to transmit critical services and resources to those in […]

My co-founder’s a green card applicant who just got laid off. Now what? • ZebethMedia

Sophie Alcorn Contributor Sophie Alcorn is the founder of Alcorn Immigration Law in Silicon Valley and 2019 Global Law Experts Awards’ “Law Firm of the Year in California for Entrepreneur Immigration Services.” She connects people with the businesses and opportunities that expand their lives. More posts by this contributor Dear Sophie: How can I stay […]

EU’s Digital Services Act enters into force — but no confirm if Twitter will feel its full force yet • ZebethMedia

The European Union’s Digital Services Act (DSA) enters into force today — setting the clock ticking on designations that will determine which larger Internet platforms face an extra layer of rules in areas likes algorithmic transparency and risk assessment. Larger platforms will also face centralized oversight by the European Commission in a marked change to […]

Boston Dynamics sues Ghost Robotics over robot dog patent infringements • ZebethMedia

If you know anything about Ghost Robotics, it’s likely one of two things: 1) They make robot dogs. 2) Sniper rifles can be mounted to those robots. A majority of the Philadelphia firm’s press coverage has revolved around these facts, along with some coverage of its systems being used to patrol the U.S. border. That […]

Startup founders go to war with UK government over its moves to appoint bank into key ecosystem role • ZebethMedia

Nothing less than a war has broken out between an influential swathe of the UK tech startup community and the British government, after the latter has allegedly sought to hand the curation and promotion of British startups – both inside the UK and abroad – over to a single UK bank. As we covered previously, […]

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