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Links 1 through 10 of 372 by Simon Phipps tagged Politics

Doesn't the US Constitution explicitly prohibit this?

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While funny, this also contains an essential truth about power and responsibility.

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Very interesting and provocative article asserting that the problem with the US economy is that control is now in too few hands, both government regulators and the corporations to which they funnel control or by which they undergo regulatory capture.

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A very happy 4th to all my friends in the USA. A great way to celebrate is to go consider this timely Move To Amend campaign, aimed at creating a new Amendment to the US Constitution that clarifies that corporations are not people and thus are not entitled to engage in politics nor to assume the privileges of individuals. Both are happening today essentially without the consequences of the associated responsibilities that real people face in exercising those same privileges. Go take a look now, then celebrate your independence at that BBQ later and consider the issues as you do.

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"regulatory capture occurs when a state regulatory agency created to act in the public interest instead advances the commercial or special interests that dominate the industry or sector it is charged with regulating. " -- This also applies to standards bodies and to procurement policies. The only solution in my view is a combination of extreme transparency and a fixed life for the agency after which it has to reboot.

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This rework of the New York Times is, as Jeff Waugh commented on Twitter, beyond awesome.

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This is an excellent list of reasons why internet disconnection laws are such a bad idea. Although it's got plenty of specifics of the (very bad) New Zealand law that was created when their government sold out to the US (presumably to avoid appearing in the Special 301 report), it's full of ideas that are applicable globally.

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I have been making the core point that this good WSJ article makes in my discussions with governments all over the world for the last six years, and it always makes an impression. It also transfers to the commercial world. The reason you need contractual indemnity when you procure proprietary software is you have no other way to attempt to protect yourself against careless or malicious infringement of the rights you or others can reasonably expect to be protected. With open source, as long as there's a sufficiently diverse community around the software the best assurance you can get comes from them, and indemnity adds nothing.

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