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Leading cryptographers oppose FBI's desire for built-in backdoor to bypass encryption

A group of elite cryptographers today released a paper concluding that any laws requiring that the United States and British governments be able to break into encrypted systems by way of a legally-mandated backdoor would be incredibly dangerous to the security of critical infrastructure and would defeat the purpose of encryption.

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Quotation

Tossing Trump in on stage turns every debate into a fiasco, which is bad for the Republican Party but ratings manna for the cable networks. We have finally found where Fox News and conservative politics diverge: Donald Trump.

The mad scramble to get off the Republican debate bubble (Bloomberg Politics)

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Permanent Defense

Facts about I-1366 that Tim Eyman didn’t bother to mention

This morning, Tim Eyman sent an email to the press, taking another opportunity to crow about getting signatures submitted for I-1366 and ostensibly provide information pertaining to the initiative. Here are some very important facts he didn’t bother… (read more)

NO on I-1366 Committee forms; will respond to Tim Eyman’s signature turn-in tomorrow

Efforts to build a broad coalition to stop Tim Eyman’s I-1366 received a major boost today with NPI and Permanent Defense founder Andrew Villeneuve’s announcement of the formation of a statewide campaign committee to oppose the initiative. I-1… (read more)

Police report, eyewitness testimony documents harassment of citizens by Eyman petitioners

With Tim Eyman and his associates said to be winding down the signature drive for I-1366, Eyman’s most destructive initiative yet, NPI’s Permanent Defense has been reviewing anecdotes submitted by citizens and activists regarding their experie… (read more)

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  • Dealing with Populists in Government
    (Policy Network) — A breakfast roundtable, focused on the common trends for populists in power in Europe and Latin America, and the strategies that mainstream parties can ....
  • "Neither Podemos nor Pasokification": Ho....
    (Policy Network) — Keynote speech by Tristram Hunt on how Labour should respond to growing populism and the crisis afflicting European social democracy.
  • Best Practices in Digital Analytics: Usi....
    (Netroots Foundation) — In recent years, using A/B testing to drive more actions from email campaigns has become a common best practice amongst digital campaigners. But most pe....
  • The Supreme Court’s Challenge to Housing....
    (Economic Policy Institute » ....) — This piece was originally published in The American Prospect on July 5, 2015. In June, the Supreme Court issued several decisions with big policy implic....
  • Europe’s unfinished business
    (Policy Network) — The Greek crisis and risk of Brexit should force a debate on how the single market might function better in the whole of the EU, not simply the eurozone
  • How Coal “Self-Bonding” Puts the Public ....
    (Sightline Daily) — As the Wall Street Journal reported recently,  creditors of coal industry giant Alpha Natural Resources just hired a a team of advisers to help them ......
  • Saving Millions with Earned Media: How t....
    (Netroots Foundation) — Earned media can be one of the most important (free) resources on your campaign, especially when you are strapped for cash. In this interview, Lacey Con....
  • Inequality Isn't Just Bad for the Econom....
    () — Cross-posted from  Grist Tackling economic inequality is good climate change policy. The pope’s encyclical on climate change was received with both enor....
  • Shared Security: A New Deal for the New ....
    () — If Social Security, the minimum wage, unemployment insurance, and the 40-hour workweek laid the foundation for the middle class in the 20th century, wha....
  • 1 Million Barrels a Day, 100 Trains a Week
    (Sightline Daily) — Sightline is re-releasing a popular report: The Northwest’s Pipeline on Rails . It’s the most comprehensive regional analysis of plans to ship crude oil....
PNW Topic Hotlist

The PNW Topic Hotlist curates blog posts from local blogs based on current events. Posts categorized under topics of the moment are shown below.

  • Mercedes Schneider Sums Up Federal Inter....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Mercedes Schneider reviews the D.C. Merry-go-round, where legislators who are not educators are deciding what to do to the mation’s schools. The S....
  • Leonie Haimson: Setting the Record Strai....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Leonie Haimson, leader of Class Size Matters and Student Privacy Matters, writes here about the Every Child Achieves Act and the distortions that are fi....
  • Jon Pelto: Another Disguised Corporate R....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Jonathan Pelto writes that Connecticut has acquired yet another corporate reform group, disguised an nonpartisan and independent.   Pelto writes: &....
  • A Field Guide to the Education Industry
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Here is the handbook of the for-profit education industry (although it does advise you to drop the label “for-profit”).   Here are some....
  • Who Funded Jeb’s “Foundation for Educati....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Jeb Bush created the “Foundation for Educational Excellence” with two goals in mind. First, to burnish his credentials as a “reformer......
  • Jeb’s Empire of School Choice
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — In large part because of Jeb Bush, Florida is a national leader in privatization. It now has more than 100,000 students using vouchers for private schoo....
  • A Teacher, Life Ruined by Pearson’s EdTPA
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — An email arrived from a woman of Hispanic origin. It speaks for itself:   I am a big fan of your blog. It is so insightful and relevant to what is ....
  • Delaware Passes Bill Allowing Parents to....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — This just in:   The Delaware Legislature passed a strong Opt Out bill.   The legislation — House Bill 50 — was introduced in March by state Re....
  • Scott Walker: The Leading Reactionary in....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Scott Walker, the Governor of Wisconsin, is trying to distinguish himself from the crowded field of candidates by taking the most extreme positions in o....
  • Why the “Reformers” Will Lose
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — In response to Gary Rubinstein’s post about “the three stooges of reform,” reader “Chris in Florida” sent this comment: Fr....

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