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Category Archives: Technology

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
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ICANN refuses to sign off on proposed sale of .ORG domain registry to private equity firm

Excerpt: The Internet Society's attempt to sell the Public Interest Registry to Ethos Capital appears to have been foiled by the entity that operates as the de facto regulator of domains on the Internet.
Written by:Caitlin Harrington
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ICANN delays decision on sale of .ORG Registry to private equity firm — again

Excerpt: The sale of PIR has been delayed, thanks to a strongly worded letter from California’s attorney general Xavier Becerra. In the letter, addressed to ICANN’s board chair and the corporation’s President and CEO, AG Becerra explains that his office had investigated ICANN’s role in approving the transfer of the .ORG registry to Ethos Capital.
Written by:Caitlin Harrington
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Frontier Communications files for bankruptcy as it prepares to shed its Northwest assets

Excerpt: One of the Pacific Northwest's largest Internet Service Providers has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, with years of mismanagement and the consequences of ill-advised deals having taken a predictable toll.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Zoom Video Conferencing is a privacy and security nightmare. Maybe soon, it won’t be.

Excerpt: Electronic meeting technology provider Zoom is coming under harsh and much needed scrutiny regarding its privacy and security practices.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Trump fans flooded Iowa Democratic Party’s caucus reporting phone line with prank calls

Excerpt: Turns out sabotage is one of the reasons why the Iowa Democratic Party had such a difficult time pulling caucus results together.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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NPI’s Gael Tarleton warns proposed sale of .ORG domain registry could harm nonprofits

Excerpt: A proposed sale of one of the Internet's biggest domain registries is attracting opposition all over the world, including here in the Pacific Northwest.
Written by:Caitlin Harrington
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Forty-eight states have launched a major antitrust investigation targeting Google

Excerpt: Search and advertising giant Google and its parent company Alphabet are about to face more regulatory scrutiny, but this time from the state level.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Documentary Review: “The Great Hack” shows how data insecurity impacts elections

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of The Great Hack, an essential, must-see film breaking down what happened to our democracy in the 2016 presidential election.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
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FBI arrests Seattle woman for breaching CapitalOne’s servers; 100 million+ affected

Excerpt: Paige A. Thompson is in big trouble. The Seattle-based hacker is in federal custody after FBI agents searched her home and found evidence she breached the serves of CapitalOne.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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William Barr is totally, completely wrong: Encryption makes us stronger — not weaker

Excerpt: The Attorney General wants to require technology companies to build backdoors into their products to facilitate spying. That's a terrible idea that would make it illegal to properly secure anyone's data.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Frontier Communications to leave Cascadia; PNW assets sold to WaveDivision Capital

Excerpt: Nine years after taking on debt to buy Verizon's assets in the Pacific Northwest, Frontier Communications is offloading those same assets in a $1.35 billion sale to Kirkland-based WaveDivision Capital, which must be approved by regulators.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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VICTORY! U.S. House of Representatives finally votes to restore net neutrality

Excerpt: The people's House of Representatives finally has a majority willing to implement the people's demand for Net Neutrality. Get details on the historic vote.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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NPI talks to King County Elections Director Julie Wise about the 2018 general election

Excerpt: Read NPI's interview with King County's top elections official. Topics discussed include preparations for the 2018 November general election, ballot security, and reforms like prepaid postage on ballot return envelopes that are making it easier to vote.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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