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Miles McCain (https://rmrm.io) is a student at Phillips Academy Andover. He is an advocate for privacy and government transparency, the founder of Politiwatch, and the author of WorthHiding.com.

Incorrect Android OS Signatures when Battery is Low

I've recently been staying at a hotel that provides a USB-A port to charge devices without having to use up an entire outlet. Like any normal person would, I plugged my phone into this port and expected it to charge. But when I tried to boot my phone, I noticed »

The Future of Bitcoin Isn't Bitcoin

Better cryptocurrencies exist—cryptocurrencies that were able to learn from Bitcoin's successes and mistakes—and we should use those, instead. Here's why. »

Foreign Policy: Two Stages, One Medium

Those who conduct foreign policy must appease two diverging constituencies: their voters back home, and the international arena. Usually, their interests don't align. But what happens when their communication channels do? »

Here's What Nancy Pelosi Should Have Said

On Sunday, Nanci Pelosi met with Chuck Todd on NBC's "Meet The Press." When asked about Sen. John Conyers, who was recently accused of sexually assaulting several female staffers, Pelosi succumbed to partisanship and answered "catastrophically." Here is a transcript of Pelosi's conversation with Todd: TODD: »

Counterarguments to Anti-Net Neutrality Talking Points

Net Neutrality is necessary for a free, open, and uncensored Internet. Still, Net Neutrality finds itself under attack. Below is a series of arguments against Net Neutrality created by Reddit user /u/renegade_division paired with rebuttals. /u/renegade_division's argument has been edited for concision and clarity. "Two »

Net Neutrality: the Facts, Statistics, and Rebuttals

Like most political movements in the twenty-first century, the fight for Net Neutrality is taking place on Twitter. Before embarking on an online crusade of Tweets to save Net Neutrality, though, one needs to arm oneself with the facts, statistics, and rebuttals necessary to be an effective proponent of the »

The Abridged History of the Federal Negative and Judicial Review

Today, the Supreme Court holds the ability to declare any law—state or federal—unconstitutional through its power of judicial review. The framers of the Constitution had other ideas, however: James Madison famously proposed the federal negative, which would allow Congress to nullify state laws. Perhaps Madison was on to »

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A Quantitative Measure of Partisan Periphery

How does one go about creating a quantitative measure of legislative partisan periphery? This is a challenge I face in the DroneScout project, as we try to determine the determinants of Congressional oversight on drones—and whether partisan periphery is one of them. For a concept as elusive and subjective »