All Politics Are Local: Apps Alliance and Rep. Ted Lieu Chat in Santa Monica

Tip O’Neill, the venerable Speaker of the House of Representatives for much of the 80s, used to remind legislators that decision making in Congress is really about those issues most important to their constituents back home. That is to say, once you leave the Congressional bubble and get “outside the beltway,” the issues that matter most to everyday Americans might vary greatly district to district or state to state, and may not be the sexy, headline-grabbing topics we are accustomed to seeing in the media. In short, politics are really about those bread and butter issues that help to put dinner on the table, create jobs, and grow our neighborhoods.

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Building, Marketing, Monetizing: Toronto App Strategy Workshop Recap

It was the Apps Alliance’s first workshop in Canada and we couldn’t have been happier with the evening. Toronto is the third largest tech city in North America, and our attendees certainly showed us how they earned that title through their insightful questions, tweets, and conversations. With more than 150 attendees, it was standing room only to hear the lineup of expert panelists talk through the ins and outs of app development.

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The Encryption Battle: Data Privacy vs. Public Safety

On July 8th, FBI Director James Comey and U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the government’s growing difficulty in obtaining electronic data.  Both Comey and Yates told the Committee that even with a court order or warrant, law enforcement is unable to unlock encrypted data, effectively leaving them “in the dark” when pursuing criminals.  Neither west so far as to offer a solution to this problem, but as part of their testimony both suggested that requiring developers to build “backdoors” into their software, thereby giving law enforcement agencies access, would make their jobs easier. 

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