US as Nation of Privilege Versus Rule of Law

Noah Smith: “The U.S. is slowly becoming a country where income and race determine the degree to which a citizen is bound by the law of the land. That’s true privilege. That’s the dangerous kind. Dangerous for those on the bottom of the privilege system, but ultimately dangerous for those on the top as well.”

http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2014-08-28/nation-of-privilege-versus-rule-of-la

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South Korea is stuck with Internet Explorer in 2013

The Washington Post covers the defacto monopoly of Windows in South Korea recently with Chico Harlan’s article: South Korea is stuck with Internet Explorer for online shopping because of security law.

I covered this in 2007 with my piece the cost of monoculture, which is basically still accurate as of late 2013.

I’m a little surprised that Harlan did not link to my piece as it is the first and most widely-circulated English-language piece on this topic. I’m also a bit surprised that Harlan did not interview Dr. Keechang Kim of Korea University who has been the most vocal voice in Korea against this defacto monopoly.

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On 9-11 in 2013

Ray Greiselhuber

I’m reading “never forget” everywhere today. What I will never forget is how much true freedom we have sacrificed in order to feel safe from those who supposedly “hate us for our freedom.”

Posted in New York City

danah boyd on whistleblowing

danah boyd:

“I want to live in a society that is willing to critically interrogate how power is operationalized and how institutions and the rule of law function as a check to power. To me, this is an essential aspect of democracy. Unchecked power is how dictatorships emerge.”

Whistleblowing Is the New Civil Disobedience

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The Economist on the Internet in China

Gady Epstein, who is the China Correspondent for The Economist has put together a large 14-page special report on the Internet in China. I strongly recommend it.

Gady was also on this week’s Sinica Podcast talking about this special report, which I also strongly recommend: Gady Epstein on The Internet (in China)

Special report: China and the internet

China’s internet: A giant cage
The internet was expected to help democratise China. Instead, it has enabled the authoritarian state to get a firmer grip, says Gady Epstein. But for how long?

The machinery of control: Cat and mouse
How China makes sure its internet abides by the rules

Microblogs: Small beginnings
Microblogs are a potentially powerful force for change, but they have to tread carefully

The Great Firewall: The art of concealment
Chinese screening of online material from abroad is becoming ever more sophisticated

E-commerce: Ours, all ours
A wealth of internet businesses with Chinese characteristics

Cyber-hacking: Masters of the cyber-universe
China’s state-sponsored hackers are ubiquitous—and totally unabashed

Internet controls in other countries: To each their own
China’s model for controlling the internet is being adopted elsewhere

Assessing the effects: A curse disguised as a blessing?
The internet may be delaying the radical changes China needs

Shutting down the internet: Thou shalt not kill
Turning off the entire internet is a nuclear option best not exercised

Posted in China, Internet, News

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