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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

Rep. Jared Polis wants U.S. intelligence to monitor Sen. Marco Rubio 24/7

washingtonpost.com — Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) recently wrote an op-ed endorsing the permanent extension of post-9/11 intelligence gathering tools, presumably including controversial domestic data collection programs revealed by former government contractor Edward Snowden. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), who has been skeptical of National Security Agency snooping, disagrees with Rubio.

Only in Washington: Drone lobby throws free OK Go concert to promote responsible flying

washingtonpost.com — In the latest OK Go video, members of the rock band ride around on robotic unicycles amid a crowd of umbrella-wielding women creating geometric patterns. A camera attached to a drone flies overhead, with each umbrella becoming a mere dot as it soars through the sky.

Barrett Brown, writer with ties to Anonymous, sentenced to more than five years in prison

washingtonpost.com — Barrett Brown, a writer once associated with hacktivist collective Anonymous, was sentenced to more than five years in prison Thursday after pleading guilty last year to three federal charges, including transmitting threats and a hacking-related offense.

The missing data point from Uber’s driver analysis: How far they drive

washingtonpost.com — Uber released a massive study of its internal data Thursday that found its drivers make more money than traditional taxi drivers. But the study failed to account for one crucial thing: the cost of operating a car.

Your guide to Obama’s tech policy State of the Union

washingtonpost.com — This year will be a contentious one for tech policy, as policymakers continue debating net neutrality, cybersecurity and limits on government surveillance. President Obama laid down his vision for the nation's future Tuesday in his State of the Union address - and although he didn't drop many bombshells, his remarks reflect a clear attempt to frame that discussion.

The first tech moment of the State of the Union happened before Obama started speaking

washingtonpost.com — President Obama talked a big tech game in the lead up the the State of the Union address -- announcing proposals on data privacy, cybersecurity, an municipal broadband in previews the week before. But the first tech moment of the address came before he had even taken the stage, when the White House released the prepared remarks on blogging platform Medium.

Zombie cookies: How Verizon Wireless’s ‘supercookies’ make it even harder to avoid being tracked online

washingtonpost.com — Back in November, privacy experts warned that a new kind of tracking technology called "supercookies" could allow Verizon Wireless customers to be monitored wherever they went on the Internet -- even if they took steps to protect their anonymity. Verizon downplayed those concerns.

The Switchboard: Obama urges end of state laws limiting municipal broadband

washingtonpost.com — Obama wants to help make your Internet faster and cheaper. This is his plan . The White House announced a new proposal to expand broadband access in the U.S. with a focus on municipal broadband networks.

The Hyperloop lives: Elon Musk says he’s building a test track

washingtonpost.com — Elon Musk says he will build a test track for the Hyperloop -- a proposed transportation system straight out of science fiction that would rely on a network of low-pressure tubes. Will be building a Hyperloop test track for companies and student teams to test out their pods. Most likely in Texas.

Elon Musk’s fear of Terminators just netted researchers $10 million

washingtonpost.com — Elon Musk, the PayPal co-founder behind SpaceX and Tesla Motors, is really worried about artificial intelligence -- so worried that he's donated $10 million to support research "aimed at keeping AI beneficial to humanity." Essentially, he doesn't want humanity to build Terminators.
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Jan 27, 2015

Jared Polis wants Marco Rubio monitored 24/7 due to Rubio's support for surveillance programs. washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-swit…

Jan 27, 2015

If it's standing room only in a panel, don't give your purse its own chair. That's just bad form.

Jan 27, 2015

@normative I believe it -- next keynote might be interesting, but I doubt you'll be able to make it down before then.

Jan 27, 2015

@normative Ramirez and Smith were pretty interesting, but already over. There will be drinks at 5?

Jan 27, 2015

So @JRosenworcel is up at #SOTN15 -- and says she's not going to talk about net neutrality. Time for some WiFi talk.

Jan 27, 2015

Megan Smith is making a pretty strong case for a sort of American technological exceptionalism? #SOTN15

Jan 27, 2015

Every keynote at #SOTN15 is now female, thanks to Rep. Jared Polis not making it.

Jan 27, 2015

I'm feeling just a little underwhelmed by the DC snow cover.

Jan 27, 2015

Hanging around #SOTN15 today, ready to talk about some Internet things.

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