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Why are working class kids less likely to get elite jobs? They study too hard at college.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
September 23, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Lauren Rivera is an associate professor of management and organizations at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of management. Her recent book, “Pedigree: How Elite Students Get Elite Jobs,” examines how inequality is produced by subtle social patterns of education and informal skills as well as big political and economic forces. I asked her four questions about the book.

Has White House finally got the message about strong encryption? Welcome shift seen in speeches and policy memo

Author(s): 
Geoffrey King
Publication Date: 
September 22, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Yesterday, during a panel on encryption policy hosted by Just Security, an online forum covering national security law and policy, top U.S. intelligence lawyer Robert S. Litt pressed the case for engineering backdoors in encryption without undermining computer security as a whole. As CPJ has documented, leading security and policy experts consider this impossible.

American businesses gave themselves a 6% tax cut over the last 15 years. Here’s how they did it.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
September 21, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Ever since the Monkey Cage came to the Washington Post, we’ve tried to highlight new books in the social sciences with important arguments. We’re now going to try to do this more systematically, through posts on Books with Big Ideas. We’re kicking this off with an interview with Gabriel Zucman, assistant professor of economics at UC Berkeley, and author of “The Hidden Wealth of Nations,” a new book from the University of Chicago Press describing how individuals and businesses stash literally trillions of dollars off shore to avoid taxes.

“Private blockchain” is just a confusing name for a shared database

Author(s): 
Arvind Narayanan
Publication Date: 
September 18, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Banks and financial institutions seem to be all over the blockchain. It seems they agree with the Bitcoin community that the technology behind Bitcoin can provide an efficient platform for settlement and for issuing digital assets. Curiously, though, they seem to shy away from Bitcoin itself. Instead, they want something they have more control over and doesn’t require exposing transactions publicly.

This book explains why Jeremy Corbyn now leads Labour. Its author died in 2011.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
September 14, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Jeremy Corbyn’s election as leader of Britain’s Labour Party — despite the opposition of Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and most of Labour’s elite — is a major shock to Britain’s political system. It has been clear for several weeks that Corbyn was likely to win. Yet when he decided to run for leadership, he was regarded by political commentators as a complete outsider. His success suggests that there’s something wrong with Britain’s pundits — and perhaps with Britain’s party system.

Tech companies may be our best hope for resisting government surveillance

Author(s): 
Ryan Calo
Publication Date: 
September 7, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Over the last year, the FBI has had harsh words for Apple, accusing the tech giant of endangering human lives and aiding criminals by turning on encryption by default on the iPhone. When Google announced it would add the feature to Android, meaning that smartphone users would need to unlock their phones for police to be able to go through them, government officials and law enforcement representatives similarly freaked out.

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