The Koch Brothers Are Building a Network of Libertarian Hackers, Coders and Designers

Shaping the next generation of hackers and Snowdens
Politics • Views: 19,760

Worried that IT experts seem to typically vote Democratic, the Koch Brothers have spearheaded hackathons to lure techies into the conservatarian sphere.

The gathering was the first inaugural conference put on by Lincoln Labs, a year-old club of politically-minded technologists started by three millennials with backgrounds in Republican politics: Garrett Johnson, a former aide to Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; Aaron Ginn, who worked on Mitt Romney’s digital team; and Chris Abrams, who runs digital operations for Vanity Fair magazine. The group — which adopts the label “conservatarian,” a popular buzzword for the ideological coalition between conservatives and libertarians — was born in 2013 in the aftermath of the failed Republican attempt to regain control of the White House, in which President Obama’s mastery of digital campaigning and data collection trounced Republican efforts to match it.

Over the past year, Lincoln Labs has grown to represent the epicenter of the right-wing tech scene as it struggles to make a dent in an industry traditionally dominated by the political left.

For most of Lincoln Lab’s existence, the group has relied upon financial backing and support from the orbit of activist groups that are part of Charles and David Koch’s donor network. Last weekend’s conference was sponsored by an array of groups from the Koch network: Generation Opportunity, its youth outreach group; the Libre Initiative, its Hispanic organization; Americans for Prosperity, its lead political advocacy arm; and i360, which collects data on behalf of the Koch network. Microsoft, Google, and Stampede, a political consulting firm that provides campaign services to conservative candidates, also served as sponsors for the event.

More: The Kochs’ Nonprofit Empire Is Building a Network of Libertarian Hackers, Coders and Designers - Yahoo News

Predictably, the icons of 21st century conservativism, politicians like Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, made appearances to woo techies to the GOP side.

For Paul, a possible future Republican presidential candidate, the trip to Northern California was an opportunity to meet with tech entrepreneurs from both sides of the aisle, a group Paul hopes shares his antagonism for unbridled government spying and questionable data collecting practices.

“I come out here and people say, ‘Oh, I love President Obama. We’re all for President Obama, we’re from the tech community.’ Why?” Paul asked in his address at the conference. “Why would you be? He’s not for innovation. He’s not for freedom. He’s for the protectionism crowd.”

Paul went on to challenge the hackers to develop apps, “so the marketplace can figure what the idiots and trolls in Washington will never come up with.”

Makes you get kind of warm and fuzzy all over, doesn’t it?

Jump to top

Create a PageThis is the LGF Pages posting bookmarklet. To use it, drag this button to your browser's bookmark bar, and title it 'LGF Pages' (or whatever you like). Then browse to a site you want to post, select some text on the page to use for a quote, click the bookmarklet, and the Pages posting window will appear with the title, text, and any embedded video or audio files already filled in, ready to go.
Or... you can just click this button to open the Pages posting window right away.
Last updated: 2016-01-01 10:29 am PST
LGF User's Guide RSS Feeds Tweet

Help support Little Green Footballs!

Subscribe now for ad-free access!Register and sign in to a free LGF account before subscribing, and your ad-free access will be automatically enabled.

Recent PagesClick to refresh
If Aleppo Was TorontoA haunting, heartbreaking segment from a Toronto newscast. An incredible piece of journalism over a three minute segment. Global News anchor @FarahNasser examines how a conflict - like the one in Aleppo - would impact a city like Toronto. https://t.co/Qwv6seR579 ...
lockjawcanbefun
40 minutes ago
Views: 33 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
US Unemployment Rate Falls to Nine-Year Low Figures from the Labor Department showed the US economy created 178,000 jobs in November, while the jobless rate fell to 4.6% from 4.9% in October. The data adds to recent evidence of healthy growth in the economy, although wage ...
Thanos
3 hours, 12 minutes ago
Views: 99 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 1
Comments: 0
: 1
Simple Crusty Bread Recipe - NYT Cooking Ingredients 1 ½ tablespoons yeast 1 ½ tablespoons kosher salt 6 ½ cups unbleached, all-purpose flour, more for dusting dough Cornmeal Nutritional Information Nutritional analysis per serving (10 servings) 301 calories; 0 grams fat; 0 grams saturated fat; 0 ...
The Vicious Babushka
22 hours, 16 minutes ago
Views: 177 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 2
Tweets: 3 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Live From Daryl’s House - ‘She’s Gone’ On this episode of Live From Daryl's House, Daryl Hall enlists Anderson East, the southern singer/songwriter, up to the northeast. East's unique fusion of soul, R&B, gospel, and early rock, in conjunction with Daryl, will surely leave you wanting ...
Thanos
1 day, 2 hours ago
Views: 145 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Chocolate Silk Pie Recipe - NYT Cooking Ingredients For the crust 1 ½ cups ground chocolate wafers (from about 30 cookies) ⅓ cup sugar 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted For the filling ¾ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 ¼ cups sugar ¼ teaspoon kosher ...
The Vicious Babushka
1 day, 3 hours ago
Views: 156 • Comments: 1 • Rating: 2
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Chez Panisse Meyer Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe - NYT Cooking Ingredients Flaky pie crust, enough for a 9-inch shell (see recipe) The filling: 2 Meyer lemons or other large lemons 2 eggs 3 egg yolks 6 tablespoons sugar 3 tablespoons salted butter, cut in 3 pieces 3 tablespoons unsalted ...
The Vicious Babushka
1 day, 3 hours ago
Views: 154 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 2
Tweets: 2 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Bourbon Pecan Pie Recipe - NYT Cooking Ingredients 3 eggs, lightly beaten 1 cup granulated sugar ½ cup light corn syrup ½ cup dark corn syrup ⅓ cup unsalted butter, melted 2 tablespoons bourbon 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ¼ teaspoon salt 1 unbaked 9-inch pie shell ...
The Vicious Babushka
1 day, 3 hours ago
Views: 199 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 2
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Key Lime Pie Recipe - NYT Cooking Ingredients 6 large egg yolks 2 14-ounce cans sweetened condensed milk 1 cup freshly squeezed or bottled Key lime juice 1 tablespoon finely grated lime zest One prepared 9-inch graham cracker crust, refrigerated 2 to 3 cups lightly sweetened ...
The Vicious Babushka
1 day, 4 hours ago
Views: 405 • Comments: 1 • Rating: 3
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Roasted Salmon Glazed With Brown Sugar and Mustard Recipe - NYT Cooking Ingredients Salmon fillets, preferably wild or farmed organically Dijon mustard Brown sugar Salt and black pepper Preparation Heat your oven to 400 degrees. Make a mixture of Dijon mustard and brown sugar to the degree of spicy-sweetness that pleases ...
The Vicious Babushka
1 day, 4 hours ago
Views: 440 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Astronaut Eye Problems Blamed on Spinal Fluid Over the last decade, flight surgeons and scientists at Nasa have seen a pattern of vision problems in astronauts on long-duration space missions. The syndrome, known as visual impairment intracranial pressure (VIIP), has been reported in nearly two-thirds of ...
Thanos
1 day, 4 hours ago
Views: 427 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0