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Covering tech policy for @WashingtonPost via @TheSwitch. Opinions here mine, but feel free to borrow them. Tips? andrea.peterson[at]washpost[dot]com

China has weaponized the Great Firewall, says a free-speech group — A nonprofit group developing tools to get around Chinese online censorship says the Chinese government is behind a recent attack that sent a flood of traffic to its site and services. China is effectively using the national firewall in place to censor the Internet for Chinese residents to weaponize the browsers of millions of global Internet users, according to GreatFire.

Ellen Pao lost her trial. But the conversation about sexism in Silicon Valley it triggered has just begun. — Ellen Pao lost her gender discrimination and retaliation suit against her former employer, venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, on Friday. But the trial succeeded on at least one major front: Everyone is talking about sexism in Silicon Valley now. The tech press meticulously covered the proceedings - in some cases, with minute-to-minute live blogs.

Jury finds no discrimination against Ellen Pao in case that captivated Silicon Valley — A San Francisco jury found Friday that a prestigious venture capital firm did not discriminate against a former junior partner because she was a woman, concluding a month-long trial that despite its verdict launched a broad discussion about how women are treated in Silicon Valley.

Someone hijacked the Google of China to attack anti-censorship tools — An unknown party hijacked widely used tools developed by Baidu, the largest search engine in China, this week in an apparent attempt to target online software used to get around Chinese censorship. The assailants injected malicious code into the tools Baidu uses to serve ads on a wide range of Chinese Web sites and to provide analytics for Web developers, according to researchers.

The vicious funding cycle that makes it hard for women to compete in tech — The jury is still out (literally) on the sex discrimination suit between Ellen Pao and her former employer, venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

Here’s what it’s like to be a ‘booth babe’ at cybersecurity’s biggest conference — "Booth babes," the attractive, often scantily clad women hired to promote brands at conferences are an oft-maligned and sometimes banned mainstay of gaming and nerd culture. But these type of promotional models show up in trade shows across various industries.

Bankrupt RadioShack wants to sell off user data. But the bigger risk is if a Facebook or Google goes bust. — The demise of RadioShack left techies with one less place to congregate and buy obscure batteries and soldering equipment. And if that wasn't bad enough, now the bankrupt company is trying to sell off the devotees' data.

Switchboard: Google has averaged a White House visit per week during Obama’s presidency — Over the next few weeks, we'll be switching things up with a new Switchboard feature we're calling "On Our Radar." If you hate it, tell us. Google makes most of close ties to White House. Brody Mullin at the Wall Street Journal reports on the close relationship between Google and the Obama administration, including while the search giant faced an antitrust probe from the FTC.

One of Wall Street’s most powerful women is going to be one of Silicon Valley’s most powerful women — Like the rest of the tech industry, Google has struggled to promote women to the highest levels. As the chief financial officer at Morgan Stanley, Ruth Porat has been one of the most powerful women on Wall Street for years. Google vaulted Porat into the Silicon Valley elite Tuesday, naming her CFO and making her a tech industry power player.

The network effect at the center of the Twitter gender discrimination lawsuit — Twitter became the latest big name in tech to be hit with a gender discrimination lawsuit, when former employee Tina Huang filed a proposed class action suit against the company last week alleging that the way the social media company promotes people in technical roles effectively discriminates against women.
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Mar 27, 2015

So uh, I guess there's just no sexism in Silicon valley, right guys? *cough*

Mar 27, 2015

Whatever the verdict, Pao trial highlighted the vicious funding cycle that makes it hard for women to compete in tech…

Mar 27, 2015

Just @b_fung and me at our 11 AM ET chat today -- so we'll need all the questions you can give us!…

Mar 26, 2015

RT @matthew_d_green: People shouldn't (just) be upset that RSA had booth babes. They should be terrified that security purchasing decisions were based on them.

Mar 26, 2015

Bankrupt RadioShack wants to sell off user data. But the bigger risk is if a Facebook or Google goes bust.…

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