October 3, 2018

AFF Community

Weekly Writers Round-Up: Tariffs and Misogyny, Cybersecurity, and Housing

By: Josh Evans

Each week, we’ll be featuring the work of the alumni and current participants of AFF’s Writing Fellows Program. A few highlights from the past week are below. For more information on the program, see here.

Are tariffs Trump’s most anti-woman policy? by Chelsea Follett (Summer 2017) in The Hill
President Donald Trump has often been criticized for his perceived misogyny. Yet commentators give relatively little attention to what is arguably his administration’s most anti-woman policy: the ever-increasing tariffs on imports and a burgeoning trade war with China and, possibly, other countries as well…

Study: Vast Majority of Wi-Fi Routers in the U.S. Are Vulnerable to Cybercrime by Krisztina Pusok (Fall 2017) in Inside Sources
83 percent. That’s the proportion of Wi-Fi routers sold in the United States that are vulnerable to cyber-attack, according to a new study by the American Consumer Institute (ACI). “Without addressing these known security flaws, consumer devices could be compromised, and data could be stolen, leading to malicious activity, identity theft, fraud or espionage,” according to the study…

Why Do We Hate Developers? by Nolan Gray (Fall 2015) in Market Urbanism
Earlier this year, researchers Paavo Monkkonen and Michael Manville at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) conducted a survey of 1,300 residents of Los Angeles County to understand the motives behind NIMBYism. As part of the study, they presented respondents with three common anti-development arguments, including the risk of traffic congestion, changes to neighborhood character, and the strain on public services that new developments may bring. But according to their findings, the single most powerful argument motivating opposition to new development was the idea that a developer would make a profit off of the project.…