Posts Tagged ‘Government’

The e-G8 Summit, Unveiled

April 20th, 2011

I was recently honored to be invited by President Sarkozy of France to participate in the e-G8 Summit — a new and potentially useful summit of global Internet leaders, right before this year’s G8 Summit in Paris. This event will bring together Internet leaders and political leaders, for two days of discussions about the Internet. […]

What's After the Real Time Web?

October 27th, 2009

In typical Web-industry style we’re all focused minutely on the leading trend-of-the-year, the real-time Web. But in this obsession we have become a bit myopic. The real-time Web, or what some of us call “The Stream,” is not an end in itself, it’s a means to an end. So what will it enable, where is […]

Peace in the Middle East: Could Alternative Energy Be the Solution?

June 4th, 2008

I have been thinking about the situation in the Middle East and also the rise of oil prices, peak oil, and the problem of a world economy based on energy scarcity rather than abundance. There is, I believe, a way to solve the problems in the Middle East, and the energy problems facing the world, […]

Burma Update: Protestors Cremated Alive; Monks Massacred in Jungle

October 1st, 2007

The situation in Burma is far worse than the mainstream media has reported so far. Watch this video that was just smuggled out showing soldiers beating unarmed protesters. There are now reports coming in from eyewitnesses of young school students being shot by the army, masses of injured protestors being cremated alive, and thousands of monks […]

Help the People of Burma — Post this Meme on Your Blog!

September 27th, 2007

Note: This is a new kind of online protest that uses blogs to spread a petition globally. To participate, just add your blog by following the instructions in this blog post. This not an issue of partisan politics, this is an issue of basic human rights and democracy. Please help to prevent a human tragedy […]

Dangerous Situation in Burma Developing

September 24th, 2007

The nation of Myanamar (Burma) is currently ruled by a repressive and corrupt military dictatorship. Past attempts to bring about democracy have met with violent crackdowns by the government, usually against unarmed civilians. In one past incident, approximately 3000 protesters were killed by the military. Now a new situation is developing that could rapidly lead […]

Rogue Nodes Turn Tor Anonymizer Into Private Listening Post

September 11th, 2007

A security researcher has figured out a novel way to compromise the security of messages traveling in the Tor anonymizer network. Messages in the Tor network are encrypted as they travel from node to node to their final destination. But the last node has to decrypt the messages before it can deliver them to their […]

Almost Unbelievably Stupid — Diebold Posts Photo of Voting Machine Key — Hackers Replicate Key From Photo

January 25th, 2007

This one really takes the cake. Diebold, the makers of the infamously hackable electronic voting machines, has done it again. They posted photos for replacement keys for their voting machines on their Web site. Unfortunately the photos were high enough resolution that anyone who knows how to make keys could easily copy them. And that’s […]

A Passenger's Bill of Rights — Sign me Up!

January 25th, 2007

Where do I sign up to support this initiative? A group of exasperated US airline passengers who were stuck on the tarmac for 10 hours last month have come up with a proposal for a bill to establish a Passenger’s Bill of Rights, which would include the following provisions: Establishing procedures for airlines to return […]

New Cancer Wonder Drug: No Pharma Will Fund It Because it Can't be Patented

January 17th, 2007

A new "miracle drug" appears to cure many types of cancers in a novel way. But the catch is no pharmaceutical company will fund research in it because it can’t be patented! Maybe it’s time to start a government agency or a non-profit that funds research and development, and distribution of, wonder drugs that are […]

Minding The Planet — The Meaning and Future of the Semantic Web

November 6th, 2006

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A World Without Elephants

October 28th, 2006

This is so sad. Elephants are increasingly being wiped out due to encroachment by nearby human populations, and also by inept human attempts to help them — and of course by poaching. As their species is increasingly backed into a dead-end corner, and as older elephants are separated from their herds, younger elephants are developing […]

The Sell-Off of America

October 24th, 2006

This article by Germany’s best-known economics writer provides a fast and high-level overview of how the American empire is losing (has lost?) its economic power. While the dollar is still the world’s currency of choice, the USA no longer controls it. Furthermore, with increasing trade deficits, the outsourcing of labor, and spiraling debt, the US […]

Excellent Strategic Analysis of North Korean Crisis

October 24th, 2006

This article in the Atlantic Monthly presents the best analysis I’ve seen of the strategic situation on the Korean penninsula, and various US options (and potential mistakes to avoid). It’s really a fascinating read, and quite educational, for anyone concerned about what might happen in that arena.

Fascinating Stat: Of the World's 100 Largest Economic Entities 51 are Corporations, 49 are Nations

October 3rd, 2006

Wow — As of 2000, of the world’s 100 largest economic entities, 51 are corporations and 49 are nations.

A Proposal to Make the Media (and Society) Better

October 3rd, 2006

I am concerned by what I’m viewing in our national media lately. Viewed from outside (and also from wihtin the USA), it would appear that our nation is obsessed with, and plagued by, an increasing spree of horrible crimes and abuses of human rights. Is this really what it is like to live in America, […]

Diebold Voting Machines Conclusively Hackable

September 14th, 2006

Allegations of electronic tampering with Diebold voting machines in previous elections gained new evidence this week. A research paper by a team of researchers at Princeton University has conclusively demonstrated that Deibold voting machines are trivially easy to hack. The team not only hacked the machines and changed votes, they created a virus that can […]

US Banking System Collapse in 2008?

September 9th, 2006

I recently listened to a talk by Dr. David Martin, given at the Arlington Institute, a think tank I advise. You can listen to it here. It takes some patience to get to the main point — but you will be rewarded with a mind-blowing new perspective on what may unfold in the next few […]

A Good Article on Lack of Search Privacy

August 30th, 2006

This article from the Guardian raises the red flag about the vast amount of personal information that search engines are collecting, and the risks to individual privacy that entails. The article was really well written and made some good points. I’ve blogged about my thoughts about this issue in a previous post.

Privacy and Search

August 17th, 2006

The recent negative hype about the lack of privacy in search results got me thinking about the needs of online services versus those of individuals. Is there a way to satisfy both constraints? AOL’s accidental data release was one thing that worried me. Google’s "personal search" feature, where the log of all your searches is […]

Kill the Penny

July 18th, 2006

A bill has been proposed to do away with the penny — that most useless an annoying of coins. Thank you!!!! As far as I’m concerned, if you can’t buy a payphone call with it, or 10 to 15 minutes on a parking meter, then it’s just not worth having anymore — so I would […]

Polling the Global Mind

July 18th, 2006

Grupthink is a service where anyone can create and participate in polls on various subjects. It’s similar to an idea I once had about polling the global mind in real-time (although their system does not show votes happening in real-time, presently). It reminds me of several other Web 2.0 sites, but it’s nicely done. Worth […]

Scenario: What would Happen if US got in a War with China?

April 22nd, 2006

This is a very interesting scenario showing how China could potentially trounce US forces in a single, calculated strike. While it doesn’t consider the option that US would retaliate nonconventially, shifting the game to a new playing field, it certainly makes a compelling case for China winning in a conventional conflict in their territorial waters […]

China About to "Strike Hard" Against Civil Unrest

January 26th, 2006

Chinese officials are preparing to "strike hard" against civil unrest. Are they planning another Tiannamen-style massacre? There is something fundamentally wrong with a government that has to torture, repress, and murder it’s own people (and its neighboring peoples) on a regular, systematic basis in order to maintain stability. China isn’t the only country guilty of […]

Doomsday Vault to House World Seed Bank

January 13th, 2006

The Norwegians are planning to create a deep underground vault near the North Pole to house a backup copy of seeds for all known varieties of crops. The goal is to ensure food supplies and enable humanity to regenerate in the event of nuclear war, global warming or other catastrophes. It’s a good idea. This […]

Big Thinkers' Most Dangerous Ideas

January 4th, 2006

The Edge has published mini-essays by 119 "big thinkers" on their "most dangerous ideas" — fun reading. The history of science is replete with discoveries that were considered socially, morally, or emotionally dangerous in their time; the Copernican and Darwinian revolutions are the most obvious. What is your dangerous idea? An idea you think about […]

Major Hacking of US Govt Secure Data

December 12th, 2005

This article is quite eye-opening. It appears the US government and military, as well as leading contractors, may have been heavily hacked by foreign governments, and it’s being kept secret.

Another Actor Running for Office?

September 27th, 2005

Oy Vey. CNN just reported that Virginia Democrats are rumored to be asking Ben Affleck to run for the Senate. Note to the Virginia Democrats: Ben Affleck is an A-C-T-O-R not a politician. Am I the only one who is completely fed up with actors running for (and holding) public office? I mean what exactly […]

Fascinating Article — Surviving a Nuclear Attack on Washington DC

July 1st, 2005

This article is very interesting not only because it provides an unusually detailed scenario of what would happen if a nuke was detonated in the Washington DC area, but also because it provides counter-intuitive guidance for how to survive such a situation, as well as information about new medical treatments for helping both first-responders and […]

How to Save the Amazon Rainforest

June 2nd, 2005

I read the an article today about how Brazil is gradually losing the fight to save the Amazon. The worlds’ rainforests are a global resource — not only are they directly important to the air we all breathe, they also harbor a huge, still untapped, reservoir of species diversity which could be of profound importance […]