Government

Pirate Bay – The Unintended Consequences

Posted by on April 18, 2009 at 6:46 am

The big problem with a case like the Pirate Bay one is that there are no winners. Particularly not the public. And there are a lot of unintended consequences. I think that governments around the world are watching the results of the PB case and are starting to batten down the hatches. The real results […]

Conspiracy Theories or Just Plain Conspiracies

Posted by on April 5, 2009 at 5:23 am

There are plenty of theories on the Internet. And there are plenty of conspiracies too… Here is a story about a very well connected, successful Jewish guy who became an Ambassador for the US Government, and then, because he took a centrist view of life and thought that all nations should be treated equally, his […]

Freedom Or Freedom Of Speech

Posted by on March 14, 2009 at 6:32 am

There are strong corporate interests that want to take away our freedom. Masquerading as protecting freedom and democracy is a plan to corporatise the web and ensure that big content owners become the gatekeepers to content. The following is a quote from a blog piece by Steve Lendeman that says it very succinctly – and […]

Australians Digital Economy Request For Comments Q.23

Posted by on February 17, 2009 at 8:47 am
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Recently, the Australian Government asked for comments in an RFC titled Digital Economy Future Directions Consultation Paper.[i] We responded to 30 of the 32 questions – here is our response to Question 23 Q.23  Should the existing copyright safe harbour scheme for carriage service providers be broadened? Setting the Scene. The safe harbour scheme provides […]

New World (Dis)Order

Posted by on February 3, 2009 at 6:45 am

Some good friends came to stay over the weekend just past. They brought with them a couple who are here on holiday from a Eurozone country. Their names should remain anonymous for the purposes of this story. The couple are both retired now. We got talking about his work in the police force of said […]

Obama! Obama!

Posted by on January 21, 2009 at 8:53 am

The following graphic is a wordle using the text of the inauguration speech to generate a word cloud….

Martial Law In The US?

Posted by on December 23, 2008 at 6:53 pm

If it was just in some random blog, you's have to think, “Ah – another nutty conspiracy theory”. But this time it is in what you would have to say is at least a reasonably credible mainstream media outlet, albeit regional: The Phoenix Business Journal. Earlier this week there was an article reporting on a […]

Solving The Problems Of NSW

Posted by on December 4, 2008 at 7:37 pm

I am a big proponent of looking for the non-obvious solution to problems. In fact I would go so far as to say that in the era of digital disruption pretty much every time the obvious solution is used it goes belly up after a short period of time. Look at New South Wales. The […]

The State Of New South Wales

Posted by on November 13, 2008 at 6:55 am

The State of New South Wales is nothing short of abominable. The new Premier is out of his depth (but if you live in Australia you knew that already). Eric Roozendahl, the Minister for Roads a couple of weeks ago, and now the Treasurer (and if Reese goes on sacking ministers at the rate he […]

What Crisis Are These Guys Talking About?

Posted by on October 23, 2008 at 4:51 am

There is apparently going to be a new crisis. And it is going to happen sometime soon after January 21st 2009. This is what Colin Powell and Joe Biden said separately over the last week… Here is what Joe Biden said: In remarks made over the weekend in Seattle, Democratic vice presidential candidate Joseph Biden […]