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Category Archives: Technology

Elon Musk takes over Twitter after reportedly completing acquisition, begins firing people

Excerpt: The megabillionaire completed his acquisition of the social networking platform this evening after a failed attempt to back out of the deal that he struck several months ago, which prompted a lawsuit by Twitter to force him to honor the terms of the deal and buy out the shareholders.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Policy Topics, World Commmunity
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NPI at Netroots Nation 2022: Talking about tech for volunteers with Samantha Boucher

Excerpt: In this eighth installment of NPI@NN (2022), NPI's Caya Berndt spoke with Samantha Boucher, CEO and Co-Founder of Shire, a digital organizing platform, to discuss smart organizing strategies, engaging volunteers, and how to make campaign tools more accessible for the new generation of voters.
Written by:Caya Berndt
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NPI at Netroots Nation 2022: Talking utilizing technology in organizing with Brian T. Smith

Excerpt: In this fifth installment of NPI@NN (2022), NPI's Caya Berndt spoke with Brian T. Smith about his organization's new social network, Unified.
Written by:Caya Berndt
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President Biden signs CHIPS and Science bill crafted by Washington’s own Maria Cantwell

Excerpt: Senator Cantwell does the grunt work of governing. She has repeatedly pulled progress out of a balky, divided body. She was able to get a Republican-controlled Senate to permanently authorize and fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Teaming with Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska. On Tuesday, August 9th, she was right next to President Joe Biden as he signed into law a key bill she steered across the finish line to keep America technologically competitive.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Other Categories:Legislative Advocacy, Policy Topics
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Trump’s Republicans to American families: Don’t count on us when the CHIPS are down!

Excerpt: After mostly voting against the CHIPS and Science Act, Republicans used their legislation blocking powers to hold up a bill to help veterans that they'd already previously voted for, while claiming their behavior had nothing to do with the Schumer-Manchin Inflation Reduction Act breakthrough.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Help AG Bob Ferguson track down sources of illegal robocalls and telemarketing scams

Excerpt: “Robocalls are more than just annoying – they can also be illegal,” said Attorney General Bob Ferguson. “Many of our cases are based on tips we receive from Washingtonians. If robocalls are harassing you, please file a complaint with my office.”
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Right to repair heads to House floor; Sound Transit revenue bill goes to Senate Rules

Excerpt: Two NPI priority bills are on the move in the Washington State Legislature, with one week left to go until the 2022 chamber of origin cutoff arrives.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Legislative Advocacy, Policy Topics, Public Planning
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Washingtonians overwhelmingly favor right to repair bill for electronics, NPI poll finds

Excerpt: 69% of likely 2022 voters surveyed by Public Policy Polling for NPI about two months ago said they were supportive of a bill introduced by Mia Gregerson (House Bill 1810) that aims to promote "the fair servicing and repair of digital electronic products in a safe, secure, reliable, and sustainable manner."
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Media coverage of BlackBerry’s end of support for legacy mobile services high on nostalgia, but low on accuracy and precision

Excerpt: Rather than gathering facts and then reporting the more complex details of this event, a whole bunch of stories appear to have been written on the basis of a press release and a company end of life document. A simplistic narrative has once again prevailed over the more complicated reality.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Media & Culture, Policy Topics
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Federal, state governments allege Facebook is an illegal monopoly in major antitrust case

Excerpt: Having foolishly chosen to allow Facebook's acquisitions of Whatsapp and Instagram several years ago, the federal government is now belatedly moving to unwind those mergers as well as stop the growing power and anticompetitive behaviors of Facebook.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Economic Security, Policy Topics, World Commmunity
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Tim Eyman says he’s worried about facial recognition. So why won’t he wear a mask?

Excerpt: Throwing on a face covering can help frustrate the very technology that Tim Eyman says is a danger to our personal liberty. But Eyman has likened mask wearing to tyranny.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Book Review: “Dawn of the Code War” looks at the modern age’s cyber battlegrounds

Excerpt: Former Assistant Attorney General John P. Carlin and journalist Garrett Graff's book focuses on the new challenges posed by cyber threats to national security.
Written by:David A Johnson
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Massive unemployment fraud reminds us that online signature gathering is a terrible idea

Excerpt: The last thing anyone who cares about the integrity of our democracy should want to do is lessen public confidence in elections, which is exactly what would happen if online signature gathering were to be permitted.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Elections, Policy Topics
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