Category: Politics

  • Digital Technologies for Deliberative Democracy

    A project at Columbia’s Center on Organizational Innovation is looking at how technology has or hasn’t been used to enable participatory democracy in the rebuilding of the WTC: “New digital technologies have figured critically in the process of deciding the future of Lower Manhattan after September 11th, not only supplying the infrastructure for soliciting public…

  • Leaks in Los Alamaos

    Somehow I find this article very disturbing: Los Alamos National Laboratory has confirmed that classified computer media can not be located. Could it be that the Los Alamos laboratory is a self-service outlet for spies and terrorist affiliates?

  • HazardCards

    HazardCards is a project spearheaded by the Learning Lab Denmark. What is it? A bunch of visual cards to learn and teach about technological hazards. You can play a game with the existing cards or create your own cards. A new twist to a old method of disseminating facts and stories. [via elearningpost]

  • Software patents in Europe

    This news story reports the EU finally will decide to allow software patents in Europe. But it appears the patents will be limited to software that is attached to specific hardware or can be used to produce new things. Seriously I think software patents will destroy more economic value than they can protect. Their primary…

  • Free culture

    Lawrence Lessig convinced his editor to release the book under a creative commons licence. Now Aaron Schwartz took it and put the complete book online – as wiki, so anyone can contribute and change the content.

  • The humanism of media ecology

    Neil Postman – Media Ecology Association: “As far as I can tell, the new media have made us into a nation of information junkies; that is to say, our 170-year efforts have turned information into a form of garbage. My own answer to the question concerning access to information is that, at least for now,…

  • That did not help

    But I was wondering about this weblog anyway: Graphic Designers for Dean.

  • Pentagon: climate change will destroy us

    Guardian Unlimited: “You’ve got a President who says global warming is a hoax, and across the Potomac river you’ve got a Pentagon preparing for climate wars.” And: Key findings of the Pentagon. Reading the key findings I feel the Pentagon has hired some freaks that want to draw a scenario that would keep the defence…

  • Why Bush must go to war

    Almost a year ago I posted a link to an interview with Eugen Drewermann about the psychology of Bush. Somebody pointed me to an inofficial english translation of some passages. Still worth a read.

  • The Howard Dean Reading List has published a list of books about social networking theory and how the Dean campaign translates the concepts. It is part of the article “How the Internet Invented Howard Dean” from Gary Wolf.

  • Shared vision

    Bill Clinton: “When good people, with great energy, have shared vision, all the rest works out.”

  • Quote of the Day

    “See, free nations are peaceful nations. Free nations don’t attack each other. Free nations don’t develop weapons of mass destruction.”George Walker Bush, Milwaukee, Wis., Oct. 3, 2003 [via Schockwellenreiter]

  • Landscapes of Capital

    “This project is an ongoing attempt to write a multimedia web-based book dedicated to studying how corporate television commercials portray a world shaped and defined by global capitalism during the last years of the 20th century and the first years of the 21st. Drawing on a set of 800 TV commercials sponsored by corporate firms…

  • 20 lessons learned from 9-11

    Unfortunatly this article seems to be only available in German (and unfortunatly it is not a followup to the numerous consipracy-theory rants).

  • Software patents narrowed by EU

    The EU today has rejected a draft to enable patents on algorithms and business processes.

  • California race

    That’s not a political race – that’s a freak show…

  • Howard Dean Weblog

    Howard Dean is one of the next presidential candidates and he runs a weblog. Is weblogging a better way run a candidacy? Dan Gillmor is at the campaign headquaters and reports.

  • WMD and lies

    This article by John W. Dean reads like the worst thing that could happen to the world is an impeachment of the president of the United States. The article is titled “Is Lying About The Reason For War An Impeachable Offense?” What a strange question is that? If there is something that seems to be…

  • How to deceive

    Someone called »Billmon« made a collection of statements about weapons of mass destruction from members of the US administration.

  • What experts say now

    The Guardian: »Denis Healey, Labour ex-Foreign Secretary: “[…] The really criminal thing was that they wouldn’t let Blix go back. Here is a man of outstanding ability and honesty. I think this will be very damaging in Britain. Unfortunately, less so in America where the public doesn’t care as much.”«