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Conversation with Shaka Senghor »

I recently had a Facebook Live conversation with Shaka Senghor, a Media Lab Director's Fellow and author. Shaka spent 19 years in prison for second-degree murder. In prison Shaka found a path to redemption initially through reading and then writing. I met him just after he had come out of prison. You can read more about this in the foreword to his book that I wrote. Shaka's an amazing leader, writer, inspiration and an important voice behind the fight against the systematic mass incarceration in the US. We talk about prison, his book, Writing My Wrongs and a bit...

Conversation with Christopher M. Schroeder »

Conversation with Christopher M. Schroeder about Whiplash The Book, entrepreneurship, the Middle East, media and many other things. Audio available on iTunes and SoundCloud....

Hundreds of MIT Faculty Members Sign Statement Upholding the Value of Science and Diversity »

Over 300 400 members of the MIT faculty, including myself, have signed the statement below. (You can see all the signers on the mitvalues.org page.) My quote included in a press release issued this afternoon was: "Academic institutions have historically been havens to protect diversity of opinions and the freedom to express those opinions when the political climate has impinged on this freedom. It appears that we are entering a period where the political climate requires us to assert our leadership to protect and foster diversity and scientific inquiry itself." The President-elect has appointed individuals to positions of power who...

Lessig08 »

From Larry This site hosts this video to explain the launch of two exploratory projects -- first, a Change Congress movement, and second, my own decision whether to run for Congress in the California 12th. I have decided I want to give as much energy as I can to the Change Congress movement. I will decide in the next week or so whether it makes sense to advance that movement by running for Congress. Many friends have weighed in on that decision -- both strongly in favor and strongly opposed. Many more have joined draftlessig.org and a Facebook group...

Visa Waiver form is YOUR responsibility »

I'm a Japanese citizen/resident. I use the Visa Waiver program to get into the US which is a green form that gives you a 90 day visa for entry into the US. The US DHS officer will staple the departure card half of the visa form into your passport that they collect when you leave the country. When I was leaving LA for Toronto a few days ago, the agent looked at the visa and said, "OK. You have a visa and it is valid through your return." She didn't take the card and sent me to a 1 hour...

DHS and AOL »

I've seen a number of posts about AOL giving access to information about its customers to the Department of Homeland Security. The posts seem to be citing an article from October 3 by Martin McKinney in "The Financial Reporter (U.K.)". The quote refers to a Department of Commerce report. I can't find the original Martin McKinney post or the DoC report. Does anyone have the original sources? Also, is AOL giving the DHS any MORE information than other consumer Internet companies in the US of that size? It seems to me that we should ASSUME that everyone is giving "unfettered...

Eroding freedoms »

BBCUS teens 'reject' key freedoms A significant number of US high-school students regard their constitutional right to freedom of speech as excessive, according to a new survey. Over a third of the 100,000 students questioned felt the First Amendment went "too far" in guaranteeing freedom of speech, press, worship and assembly. Only half felt newspapers should be allowed to publish stories that did not have the government's approval. It's a bit scary when "normal" shifts like this. Here is an old Encyclopedia Britannica Films video clip from 1946 (I think) about despotism that they showed to children in schools. Amazing...

The underprivileged victims of Katrina »

I've been reading all of the news about Katrina and feeling more and more guilty about not being able to do anything to help and not blogging about it at all. I think Xeni and others who have been tirelessly blogging about and doing something about it are doing an amazing job. Each morning, I've been just choking up reading the front page of the newspaper, not even being able to make it past the first page. I really don't know what to say... so I haven't said anything. However, chatting with some people and reading some of the blogs,...

Andy Stern »

I recently had the opportunity to meet Andy Stern [WP] and and hear him speak. Andy is the president of the Service Employees International Union, the largest and fastest-growing union in the United States and Canada. He recently walked out from the AFL-CIO and Matt Miller in Fortune Magazine recently commented that, "Stern's move is possibly the most significant economic event of the year." Andy's speech was passionate and compelling and made me think that he should be leading a political party. I wish we had people like him in Japan. He fielded a number of tough questions about the...

Hilary Rosen guest blogging at Lessig's »

Hilary Rosen [WP], the former president and CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is guest blogging over at Lawrence Lessig's blog. She follows Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, on the slate of excellent guest bloggers during Larry's summer vacation....

Press batter McClellan about Rove »

Full transcript of press conference where the press batter McClellan about the Rove/Plame link. 41 questions about one issue in 35 minutes. via Lessig...

Do US visa requirements for journalists cover bloggers? »

Dennis Howlett brings up a good point. Do US visa requirements for journalists cover bloggers? Foreign journalists visiting the US, even from friendly countries, have to obtain a special "I visa". This is a rule from 1952 (according to Slate) which hadn't been enforced until the Department of Homeland Security took over INS in March 2003. According to the same Slate article, "at least 15 journalists from friendly countries have been forcibly detained, interrogated, fingerprinted, and held in cells overnight—with most denied access to phones, pens, lawyers, or their consular officials." This is something to consider before declaring ourselves journalists...

Grokster... »

As Wendy says... Grokster... EFF: MGM v. Grokster Technorati Tags: Grokster...

US-VISIT »

I'm sure many people who have been traveling in the US have noticed the US-VISIT kiosks. The exit kiosks are scattered around various airports. When you go to an exit kiosk, it asks you to insert your passport and it takes your fingerprint. Then it spits outs a "receipt". These exit kiosks appear to be placed randomly and are not in any critical path between you and your gate. If you look carefully at the signs, it says you "must" go through exit procedures. I was curious about why they were saying that it is mandatory, but not enforcing it...

Lessig's ghosts and what you can do »

In the May 30, 2005 issue of New York Magazine there is a story that included details about Lawrence Lessig being repeatedly molested by the choir director when he was a choirboy. The article covers the history and the current lawsuit where another former choirboy, John Hardwicke is suing the school with Lessig's help. As a friend of Larry's, it was painful to read the article and it was even more painful trying to figure out what to say to him. Larry blogged about it initially a few days ago and there were a stream of supportive comments. Today, he...

What would GW do? »

I realize this is a bit old, but in the context of my post yesterday on "What would Gandhi do?"... I googled around and apparently this aired on Air America and a number of other places, but I can't find an audio or video file, just references to it. (If anyone has a link to the video or audio, let me know so I can update this post.)President Bush explaining his Social Security plan - Tampa, Florida - Feb. 4, 2005 Woman in audience: I don't really understand. How is it the new [Social Security] plan is going to fix...

Blogger denied entry by DHS - "Blogging ain't a job" »

Blogger Jeremy Wright was denied entry to the United States and was strip searched by the US Department of Homeland Security. One of the reasons for the suspicion was that the officer didn't believe blogging was a profession. "Blogging ain’t a job," said the officer. (Maybe I should modify my last post about amateurs and blogging...) Jeremy has posted a followup entry which is sober and balanced. He quotes from memory part of the exchange with the DHS officer.Him: Why would you visit someone in the states you’d never met (I mentioned I was planning to visit several people whilst...

US Department of Homeland Security checking email »

IPIt should be noted that as with fingerprinting, some countries MAY demand similar action from our citizens entering their country. Dave ------ Forwarded Message From: rose Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2005 08:49:32 -0800 (PST) To: dave Subject: "1984" has arrived! DHS demanding on site acccess to email accounts of selected incoming aliens Hi Dave, As an attorney, practicing in the areas of international business and immigration law, it has come to my attention through discussions with other attorneys, that DHS is pulling aside "selected" aliens at entry checkpoints and bringing them into a separate room which contains a DHS computer...

Jib Jab again »

In case you missed it - the new Jib Jab......

Barlow 4th Amendment fight update »

Barlow blogs about his day in court trying to defend his 4th Amendment rights. The judge ruled against him, but it's just the first step in a much longer process. Good luck Barlow. EFF's staff technologist Seth David Schoen, danah boyd and Rob Kiser and also posted their accounts....

Americans and Civil Rights for Muslims »

Kuro5hinThe glass is half empty: Americans and Civil Rights for Muslims The Media and Society Research Group of Cornell University conducted a survey in November of Americans with respect to their attitudes towards Muslims. Nearly half (44%) of respondents favored restricting the civil rights of Muslims in some way. The press release, with links to the report, is available at [link]My next question is, of the 56% of the people who didn't favor restricting the civil rights of Muslims, what percentage are going to do anything about trying to stop this trend?...

Barlow's fight for his 4th Amendment rights »

U.S. Constitution: Fourth AmendmentFourth Amendment - Search and Seizure The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.Barlow has gone public with his fight for his 4th Amendment rights. Please read the story on his blog. I commend Barlow for discussing this in public and for fighting for his rights since you lose rights that...

Former CIA head wants to limit Internet access »

UPI via The Washington Times Tenet calls for Internet security [...] The way the Internet was built might be part of the problem, he said. Its open architecture allows Web surfing, but that openness makes the system vulnerable, Mr. Tenet said. Access to networks like the World Wide Web might need to be limited to those who can show they take security seriously, he said. If the Internet were not open, it would no longer be the Internet. it is exactly the "vulnerabilities" that Tenet refers to that allows the Internet to promote free speech, innovation and growth without asking...

Report shows increase in support for radicals Islamics after US actions »

Report of the US Defense Science Board Task Force on Strategic Communication September 2004 (PDF)American direct intervention in the Muslim World has paradoxically elevated the stature of and support for radical Islamists, while diminishing support for the United States to single-digits in some Arab societies. [...] What was a marginal network is now an Ummah-wide movement of fighting groups. Not only has there been a proliferation of “terrorist” groups: the unifying context of a shared cause creates a sense of affiliation across the many cultural and sectarian boundaries that divide Islam.We knew this would be true, but this comes from...

US Closed for the Day »

Photo by Paul Saffovia DvorakDvorakPhoto sent in by the ever-travelling Paul Saffo with this note: “I encountered these machines on a recent trip, and couldn’t help but note that their message says it all. And no, it is not retouched or photoshopped.” I’m thinking of the Tom Hanks movie, Terminal, where Hanks is told the country is “closed.”I watched The Terminal on the flight to Paris because I knew it was about Merhan Karimi Nasseri stuck in Charles de Gaulle Airport. I didn't realize that the movie was set in the US and the story totally "rebuilt". I enjoyed the...

Straight male seeks Bush supporter for fair, physical fight »

Found on Craigslist by Kelly Sue -- "Straight male seeks Bush supporter for fair, physical fight - m4m": I would like to fight a Bush supporter to vent my anger. If you are one, have a fiery streek, please contact me so we can meet and physically fight. I would like to beat the shit out of you. via die puny humans...

David Weinberger's Grief Advisory System »

David Weinberger expresses his grief with some images. ;-)...

Barlow - Magnanimous Defeat »

John Perry Barlow has the best liberal post-election post I've read so far......

IQ vs. Votes »

I really don't believe in IQ quizzes and I know this is really mean, but it's just too interesting/funny not to blog. IQ vs. Votes. Read and click the links in the text for more interesting comparisons. via Jason UPDATE: This is not true. Here is the story debunking it. Thanks Richard....

Someone at CNN.com has a sense of humor... »

jluster.orgOK, this is so going to blow up... Go to CNN to find this page: http://cnn.netscape.cnn.com/news/election2004.jsp?feature=ne_election5 once there, you'll find a page like the one below. Snapshot archived for posterity after CNN wises up. now right-click, control-click or whatever on the Bush/Laura image. Select "Open Image" or the equivalent. And observe the image name. Yes, this is not a fake. As of right now, November 3rd, 2004, 21:23 PST this is the frontpage. My world just got a little brighter. Pizza, Canadian beer, and watching "Strange Brew" contribute, too.The name of the image file is asshole.jpg. Nice catch Jonas. UPDATE...

Electing to Leave »

Harper's MagazineElecting to Leave A reader’s guide to expatriating on November 3 So the wrong candidate has won, and you want to leave the country. Let us consider your options.;-) Saw this in a few placing including metafilter...

Looking on the bright side of things »

People should start investing money in independent record labels who have bands that sing about "sticking it to the man". The only upside I see is that people get quite creative when they are oppressed. I predict a rise in counter-culture....

The people of America have failed us today »

As Larry says, "It's over. Let it go." Jon is saying, "Don't complain - organize!" Although the previous post about the wacky voting system is interesting, it's unlikely that any sort of recount or technicality will change the fact that today, the people of the United States of America have voted for George Bush. It was close, but the Americans have chosen Bush. It's a sad day, but in a democracy, you get the politicians you deserve/vote for. This was their chance to change their leader and they have failed. For awhile, many of us thought that they had been...

The international election monitors »

Thomas Crampton (International Herald Tribune)Not a simple election, global vote monitors say The global implications of the U.S. election are undeniable, but international monitors at a polling station in southern Florida said Tuesday that voting procedures being used in the extremely close contest fell short in many ways of the best global practices. The observers said they had less access to polls than in Kazakhstan, that the electronic voting had fewer fail-safes than in Venezuela, that the ballots were not so simple as in the Republic of Georgia and that no other country had such a complex national election...

Jay Rosen on the performance of journalists covering the election »

Jay RosenThe Coming Apart of An Ordered World: Bloggers Notebook, Election Eve "About the performance of journalists in 2004 it will be asked, post-election: How good a job did the press do? But Big Journalism was in a different situation in politics and the world during this campaign. The post-mortems should be about that. Also: will the press even have this job in 08?"...

Voting against Bush on my blog »

I can't vote in the US election, but I can at least say I oppose Bush on my blog. Technorati is now counting votes on blogs using Vote Links....

Vote counting computers hacked »

Black Box VotingWe now have evidence that certainly looks like altering a computerized voting system during a real election, and it happened just six weeks ago. MONDAY Nov 1 2004: New information indicates that hackers may be targeting the central computers counting our votes tomorrow. All county elections officials who use modems to transfer votes from polling places to the central vote-counting server should disconnect the modems now. There is no down side to removing the modems. Simply drive the vote cartridges from each polling place in to the central vote-counting location by car, instead of transmitting by modem. “Turning...

Election day WMD drills? »

Why are they going to run WMD drills on election day? Some strong allegations on the Citizens for Legitimate Government page with links to a variety of sources....

It looks like Bush WAS wired »

Salon reports that a NASA photo analyst believes Bush wore a device during the debate. via Lessig...

www.georgewbush.com »

Speaking of unreachable sites... George Bush's official site used to time out when you tried to access it from Japan, Australia, New Zealand and a few other places I think. I blogged this back in August. Now it tells you formally: www.georgewbush.comAccess Denied You don't have permission to access "http://www.georgewbush.com/" on this server.Much more formal than just timing out on us. But it's more clear now that it is intentional. Why would the Bush campaign want to block access from Japan? via Jim...

Diebold Brand Media Player? »

Diebold ATMLooping Windows Media Player original image onMidnight Spaghetti Midnight Spaghetti & The Chocolate G-StringsDiebold ATM Media Player March 17, 2004 Midnight Spaghetti causing a ruckus as always. The Scene: Carnegie Mellon University The Event: A newly installed Diebold Opteva 520 ATM crashes, then reboots. Suprizingly, it's vanilla-style Windows XP operating system initialized without the actual ATM software. The Result: A desktop computer with only a touch screen interface is left wide open for the amusement of the most wired university in the U.S.Take a look at the site for details, but you can imagine how much fun they had....

Ann Coulter attacked by Al Pieda »

MSNBC: Columnist Coulter hit with custard pies The Smoking Gun: "Al Pieda" Targets Ann Coulter According to a copy of the police report from the University of Arizona Police Department on The Smoking Gun, the "Al Pieda" were involved.UAPD reportSearch incident to arrest I located on both Wolff and Smith pieces of paper (propaganda) involving Coulter's name and the explanation of "Al Pieda". via Markoff...

iDebate »

This image may be copyrighted. I don't know the origin of the image. If someone knows, please let me know. UPDATE: Larry Angell via EmailHi Joi, I was the original poster of the iDebate image. I posted it on my blog back on Wednesday, the 13th. It was an original work done by one of our MacMinute.com readers (I'm the editor over there) who let me post it. Thanks for any possible link :-) http://www.happygolarry.com/2004/10/13/bulge Cheers, Larry Angell Editor-in-Chief, MacMinute http://www.macminute.com...

Jon Stewart on his Crossfire appearance »

Cory Doctorow @ Boing BoingJon Stewart on his Crossfire appearance Here's a clip form Jon Stewart's Daily Show monologue following on his now-legendary Crossfire appearance in which he post-mortems his performance. Very good stuff. Link, Crossfire's response (via Waxy!)Jon StewartThey said I wasn't being funny. And I said to them, "I know that, but tomorrow I will go back to being funny, and your show will still blow." Thanks Cory and Waxy!...

Feeback on Operation Clark County »

The Guardian had an interesting project to try to get readers to send email to people in Clark County and influence the US vote.The Guardian Operation Clark County [...] It works like this. By typing your email address into the box on this page, you will receive the name and address of a voter in Clark County, Ohio. You may not have heard of it, but it's one of the most marginal areas in one of the most marginal states: at the last election, just 324 votes separated Democrats from Republicans. It's a place where a change of mind among...

p2p-Politics.org »

p2p-Politics.org is a cool new site that lists video ads supporting Kerry, Bush and Nader. Although the site was launched by known Kerry supporters and currently there are only ads from the Kerry campaign and some of MoveOn.org's Bush in 30 Seconds ads, there is a tab for Bush and Nader and are soliciting ads from them. They also ask people to submit their own ads. The idea is that the site would be a non-partisan site that allows you to view ads of the candidates and email links to the ads to friends. The ads are hosted by the...

Bush tries to factcheck Kerry »

I was just watching the debates and Kerry was making a comment about tax cuts for "Small Business Owners". Kerry mentioned that Bush's ownership in a timber company would qualify him as a small business owner under the Republican definition. Bush said, he didn't own a timber company and made a joke about it. It looked for a moment like Kerry had gotten factchecked by Bush. The FactCheck.org page seems to be down, but from the Goggle cache:FactCheck.orgPresident Bush himself would have qualified as a "small business owner" under the Republican definition, based on his 2001 federal income tax returns....

Hunger strike against Nader »

Warren EllisA peace activist who once fasted for... A peace activist who once fasted for 63 days to protest movie violence and war toys is launching another hunger strike to persuade Ralph Nader to abandon his presidential bid. Jerry Rubin, 60, said he plans to consume only liquids from Saturday until Nov. 2 if Nader doesn't take a meeting with him. "I know Ralph Nader and I don't think he's doing the right thing," Rubin said Saturday. He said the consumer advocate's campaign is dividing the progressive political movement. Rubin is often confused with now-deceased "Chicago Seven" defendant Jerry Rubin....

Faces of frustration »

Lawrence Lessigfaces of frustrationThis is the impression I got from the debate. Click on the video here for a wonderful remix of the debate. Another funny video....

Terizm, Terizm, Terizm... »

Andrea HarnerTerizm, Terizm, Terizm...Hey congrats to all who have said 'terrorism', '9/11', etc ad nauseum because now it all sounds like blah, blah, blah! I think I'm supposed to be scared into voting for Bush. Well Mr. 'Not Such A Good Debater' Bush....BOO! I'M VOTING FOR KERRY. Check out this short video: I mirrored the the movie in case the source above gets overloaded. Apologies to my Republican readers, but although I already declared that I'm a partisan blogger, I'm going to start leaning into it a bit harder as you can see from my recent posts. Since I can't...

US presidential debate torrent »

Torrent alert! Hop on now! torrentocracy has a torrent of the presidential debate audio. via Cory @ Boing Boing...

"These People" »

Frank Boosman"These People" I've talked with two citizens of foreign countries about the presidential debate -- one from Australia, the other from Germany -- and interestingly, both of them found the following statement by President Bush extremely offensive:I know how these people [world leaders] think. I deal with them all the time. I sit down with the world leaders frequently and talk to them on the phone frequently.I like to think I'm sensitive to international points of view, but honestly, I wouldn't have predicted that reaction. Apparently it's the phrase "these people". On reflection, I think I can see why...

US soldier in Iraq faces 20 years for essay »

Salon Operation American Repression? An Army officer in Iraq who wrote a highly critical article on the administration's conduct of the war is being investigated for disloyalty -- if charged and convicted, he could get 20 years. Sept. 29, 2004 | An Army Reserve staff sergeant who last week wrote a critical analysis of the United States' prospects in Iraq now faces possible disciplinary action for disloyalty and insubordination. If charges are bought and the officer is found guilty, he could face 20 years in prison. It would be the first such disloyalty prosecution since the Vietnam War. The essay...

ACLU and EFF strike down part of PATRIOT Act »

Cory @ Boing BoingACLU and EFF strike down part of PATRIOT Act EFF has helped the ACLU overturn one of the worst elements of the USA PATRIOT Act, the "National Security Letters," which were secret warrants that the Justice Department could write for itself without judicial oversight and then bind the recipients to indefinite silence. That's right: secret, no-oversight warrants with perpetual gag-orders. The ACLU brought suit against the DoJ on this one, and we filed briefs on their side, and today, a federal court struck down this part of PATRIOT as unconstitutional. BooYAH."Today's ruling is an important victory for...

Tighter screening in US airports starting Monday »

USA TodayFliers face tighter screening for explosives WASHINGTON — Starting Monday, the government will intensify airport screening... More discretion. TSA screeners will be given greater authority to refer passengers for extra scrutiny if clothing looks bulky, misshapen or otherwise suspicious. Some passengers also will receive expanded pat-downs when screeners consider it warranted. Currently, they concentrate mostly on arms and legs. Now, they'll be able to pat other areas if they look suspicious. TSA spokeswoman Yolanda Clark would not elaborate, citing security. ...Critics say additional pat-downs could make some people, especially young women, feel uncomfortable.Just in time for my trip to...

Google and Iowa Electronic Markets say Bush »

Graph of Bush vs Kerry on Iowa Electronic MarketsIowa Electronic MarketsThe Iowa Electronic Markets are real-money futures markets in which contract payoffs depend on economic and political events such as elections. These markets are operated by faculty at the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business as part of our research and teaching mission.Jimbo told me about IEM when I met him in Linz. A paper (PDF) describes the past elections and how the markets have been amazingly good at predicting their outcomes. IEM has a current market quote which is updated every 15 minutes. As of this posting, it...

Outfoxed interviews available under CC license via Bit Torrent »

torrentocracy - blogOutfoxed Torrent (torrentocracy exclusive) In working with Lawrence Lessig, Robert Greenwald has agreed to release the interviews within Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism under a Creative Commons non-commercial license (press release). This means that among the rights now granted, interviews balancing out the fair journalism of Fox News can freely be used as anyone sees fit. To see the full movie, you can purchase the Outfoxed DVD or check it out in theaters. Torrentocracy (along with archive.org) has exclusive initial access to distribute these interviews in their digital form due to the work undertaken to promote a...

Chart of terror alerts and Bush's approval ratings »

Interesting chart showing how terror alerts in the US seems to coincide with drops in Bush's approval ratings. via JuliusBlog...

Republicans outsourcing fund-raising calls to India »

I reported back in September 2003 that an Indian newspaper reported a local company receiving an outsourcing contract from the Republicans for fund-raising calls. The Republicans denied this at the time. Dvorak has an update.The Telegraph - CalcuttaIndian voices in Bush pitch - Geography error blows lid off campaign outsourcing The Texas outfit may have actually got away with its outsourcing exercise if it had not been for the poor training given to Indian telemarketers who handled the job. Sources here said the India-based operation was exposed when one American who received a fund-raising phone call on behalf of the...

RNC-NYC: reported presence of long-range acoustic device (LRAD) at protests »

The NYC police are reported to have a weapon-like acoustic device called an LRAD at the RNC protests. Here is a picture from Indymedia.August 30 AP StoryEarlier this month, the New York Police Department showed off a machine called the Long Range Acoustic Device, developed for the military and capable of blasting at an earsplitting 150 decibels -- as loud as a firecracker, a jet engine taking off or artillery fire at 500 feet, according to the Noise Center at the League for the Hard of Hearing. The NYPD said it would use the machine to direct crowds to safety...

Barlow's dancemob update »

John Perry Barlow promised to organize dancemobs to disrupt the RNC and he has. He sends a quick update from the dancemob front lines....

kerryrocks.net »

kerryrocks.net, a video of a Kerry kigurumi performance on the guitar. Pretty neat, but not sure if this will really convince people to vote for Kerry. ;-)...

Soros responds to drug money insinuation »

George Soros responds to Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert's insinuation that Soros received funding from drug money.via New York Daily NewsYou know, I don't know where George Soros gets his money. I don't know where -- if it comes overseas or from drug groups or where it comes from," Hastert mused. An astonished Chris Wallace asked: "Excuse me?" The Speaker went on: "Well, that's what he's been for a number years -- George Soros has been for legalizing drugs in this country. So, I mean, he's got a lot of ancillary interests out there." Wallace: "You think he may be...

David Weinberger, a small person »

Warning to conservative readers: partisan thoughts belowDavid WeinbergerI don't think I'm going to have the fortitude to watch the Republican Convention. I know that makes me a small person, but I just can't take it.I'm getting some blow-by-blow commentary from Mitch via IM right now and I can understand David's feelings.Mitch on IMMitch: sorry, distracted by the glaring whiteness of the RNconvention. no people with any color while Rudy talks Mitch: pretty wretched talk -- it is ugly in several dimensions, suggesting anyone who disagrees with Bush is an appeaser Mitch: he literally just said "either you are with us...

New Technorati politics page »

We've updated politics.technorati.com. Lots of new features and a new look. More info on Dave's site....

RNC-NYC: Update on arrest of Joshua Kinberg, Bikes Against Bush »

Xeni Jardin @ Boing Boing: RNC-NYC: Update on arrest of Joshua Kinberg, Bikes Against Bush...

RNC protests: Bikes Against Bush organizer arrested »

Xeni Jardin @ Boing BoingRNC protests: Bikes Against Bush organizer arrested A post on an indymedia website says activist Joshua Kinberg -- inventor of a wireless, bike-mounted, dot-matrix printer for spraying protest messages in the street -- was arrested yesterday at the RNC in NYC. At the time, he was reportedly being interviewed by Ron Reagan, covering the convention for MNSBC. Kinberg's invention allows users to spray messages transmitted to the bike-printer by way of the 'Net or SMS. They're painted in a water-soluble chalk solution that washes away with water (not spray-paint, as misreported elsewhere). Link to indymedia post,...

9/11 toy found inside candy bags »

AP Photo via CNNSee CNN for full sized imageAP via CNN9/11 toy found inside candy bags Wholesaler recalls 14,000 bags it bought from Miami import firm MIAMI, Florida (AP) -- Small toys showing an airplane flying into the World Trade Center were packed inside more than 14,000 bags of candy and sent to small groceries around the country before being recalled.First NROjr and now this. For some reason, all of my posts today are about the US government and the last two are very weird messages to kids... via Adam...

NROjr.gov - a message to kids from the US intelligence community »

Since I can't get onto the GW site, I guess I have to settle for the NROjr.gov site. The NRO? National Reconnaissance OfficeThe NRO designs, builds and operates the nation's reconnaissance satellites. NRO products, provided to an expanding list of customers like the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Department of Defense (DoD), can warn of potential trouble spots around the world, help plan military operations, and monitor the environment. As part of the 14-member Intelligence Community, the NRO plays a primary role in achieving information superiority for the U. S. Government and Armed Forces.So what is NROjr? It's a...

CAPPS II is back »

The US Transporation Security Administration (TSA) announced that CAPPS II, the controversial passenger profiling system is back looking a bit more shy and sporting a new name, "Secure Flight." It still sounds bad and they'll start testing it within the next 30-60 days. via Kevin @ EFF: Deep Links...

Japan blocked from George W Bush site »

I still can't see the George W Bush site from Japan. I wonder if the Japanese are blocking Bush or Bush is blocking Japan... ;-) via Jim...

Technorati will be at the RNC »

CNN has invited Technorati back to provide real time analysis of bloggers blogging about the Republican National Convention. Thanks CNN! More on Sifry's Alerts....

Free speech vs buying influence - Joho on 527's »

David Weinberger blogs about George Bush denouncing 527 groups. David links to Roji pointing out that this is a serious flip-flop from his original position. David's point is that on the one hand, the 527 groups represent a way to buy influence. On the other hand, limiting the ability for a 527 group to be formed and express a point of view is limiting free speech. I think the reason we have this conflict is the nature of media today. It shouldn't cost millions of dollars to get your message out; the system should be transparent enough so we know...

Army Okays Computer Spying »

Donna Wentworth @ EFF Deep LinksArmy Okays Computer Spying JetBlue ignited a huge privacy scandal when the news broke that the airline secretly provided more than 5 million passenger records to Torch Concepts, a military contractor. Yet the Army Inspector General Agency concluded [PDF] that JetBlue did not violate the Privacy Act. The reason: Torch never looked up individuals by name, but instead used a computer to dig through and analyze their private information. This is quite disturbing. I guess this means that taking massive amounts of data and crunching through them to create "profiles" is OK. I wonder how...

RNC protestors and their rights »

UPI via The Washington Times reports that the Weather Underground are planning some action during the RNC. UPI says:United Press International"These people are trained in kidnapping techniques, bombmaking and building improvised munitions," the source said. "They're very bad people..."Someone who asked not to be named emailed me and says that they heard that, "it's planned on being a nonviolent action. Something about leaflets and random covert protesters." If this is indeed the case, there is a pretty high likelihood of some really wound up police running into some pretty innocent people. If you are at risk of looking like a...

Reverend AKMA almost arrested for stealing public wifi »

Image from Gary TurnerOK He wasn't almost arrested, but he was told that he couldn't be use computer within range of the open wifi network of the public library by a policeman. The officer cites some law against it and describes all of the terrible things Reverend AKMA could be doing. When AKMA asks whether this was a state or federal law, the officer says, "It’s a federal law, sir; a Secret Service agent came and explained it to us.” Anyway, it's worth reading his entire post. What law is this officer referring to and how can we undo damage...

Police raid US high school at gunpoint »

meta-rojiteach your children well, at gunpoint ap via abc news, august 20, 2004Justice Says Guns-Drawn School Raid Legal A guns-drawn raid at a high school last year did not violate civil rights laws and the case is closed, the U.S. Justice Department said. ... Fifteen officers entered Stratford High School's main hallway and ordered 130 students to the floor Nov. 5 of last year. They used plastic ties to handcuff 18 students and school officials opened and searched 17 book bags using a drug dog. Police found no drugs or weapons, but the raid frightened children, provoked marches and lawsuits...

Electronic voting machine fails in public demo »

EFF DeeplinksE-Voting Mistake Caught on Paper In news at once frightening and reassuring, a Sequoia electronic voting machine suffered a very public failure last week during a live demo. The machine worked fine with an English-language ballot, but failed to record votes with the Spanish-language ballot.I still think electronic voting is a bad idea. Here is yet another example of a failure....

ABC on Cryptome »

Cryptome is one of my primary sources of documents that get released to the public through a variety of sources. I link to it quite often from my blog. ABC News questions the value of the public's right to know, vs the risk of "helping the enemy." I have a feeling that terrorists are pretty good at using the Internet and probably already have access to most of the stuff on Cryptome. I think that it could be argued that they are helping terrorists by making the information so easy to find, but I personally think that Cryptome and other...

California Supreme Court voids gay marriages in SF »

AP @ San Jose Mercury NewsCalif. Supreme Court voids gay marriages in San Francisco SAN FRANCISCO - The California Supreme Court on Thursday voided the nearly 4,000 same-sex marriages sanctioned in San Francisco this year and ruled unanimously that the mayor overstepped his authority by issuing licenses to gay and lesbian couples.In February I remember all of the happiness when the Mayor decided to allow same sex marriages in San Francisco. I had friends who were married that day and even saw the line of happy couples lined up at City Hall. At the time Dan Gillmor voiced concern that...

Sheriff misusing FBI computer can't be sued »

Declan McCullaghSheriff misusing FBI computer can't be sued A federal appeals court said this week that the sheriff of Shawnee County, Kan., could not be sued for snooping through an FBI database for dirt on political enemies.Oh yay. The FBI's Interstate Identification Index (III) he abused has 50.5 million people. I wonder what happens when they have even better information on people. So much of the law protects the police and assumes they are "good". In Japan, when I talk about the possibility of cases like this, people laugh. Information collected about people by the government is and will be...

Presidential Freudian slip? »

President George W. BushPresident Signs Defense Bill REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AT THE SIGNING OF H.R. 4613, THE DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2005 Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.Ooops. A Freudian slip? via George via IP UPDATE: mp3 file of this from Lauren Weinstein's blog....

Letter to Thomas Kean from Sibel Edmonds »

Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds has sent an open letter to Thomas Kean, the Chairman of the 9/11 Commission continuing to up the ante on allegations of a massive coverup.9/11 CitizensWatchAugust 1, 2004 [...] Dear Chairman Kean: [snip] Unfortunately, I find your report seriously flawed in its failure to address serious intelligence issues that I am aware of, which have been confirmed, and which as a witness to the commission, I made you aware of. Thus, I must assume that other serious issues that I am not aware of were in the same manner omitted from your report. [snip] Considering what is...

Team America - World Police »

Team America - World Police, from the creators of South Park. "Putting the 'F' back in freedom". Coming October 2004 via Juche...

David Weinberger video blogs response to Cooper »

David Weinberger video blogs a reply to Charles Cooper's article at CNET. Charles Cooper criticizes the credentialed DNC bloggers as bad journalists and David responds. If the text of his response had been in his post, I might not have watched the video, but after watching the video, I realized that it was worth it. I keep forgetting how funny David is in full motion. ;-) I made a BitTorrent torrent of the 11MB Quicktime version of the post. The torrent is here. I'm still trying to debug my tracker so I'd appreciate comments about any success or failure you...

Barlow proposes dancing flashmob to protest RNC »

John Perry Barlow, former Grateful Dead lyricist and Republican city council chairman has an interesting idea.BarlowFriendzDancing in the Streets: Revolution with a Smile ...Maureen Dowd recently observed that the Republicans had become so obsessed with rejecting the 60's ethic of doing it if it feels good that they have taken up an ethic of doing it if it makes someone else feel bad. Moreover, the GOP strategy of basing their root-level organization on Hot Protestantism has infused their ranks with a lot of chilly Puritanism, which, as H.L. Mencken defined it, is "the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, is having...

Just-in-time-production? »

Talking Points MemoJust-in-time-production? See CNN's Breaking News Alert: "Security forces have captured a high-level al Qaeda operative in a raid in central Pakistan, Interior Minister Faisal Saleh Hayat said." Then, after you see that, remember that we noted in May and then The New Republic reported out extensively early this month, that this White House has been telling the Pakistanis for months that they wanted to see a big-time al Qaida leader -- hopefully bin Laden -- produced during the Democratic convention.Coincidence? via Glenn...

BitTorrent of Hearings on the INDUCE Act »

Lawrence Lessigno potential for a substantial noninfringing use? Here's a BitTorrent file that will get you, p2p, the video of the Hearings on the INDUCE Act, prepared by Tom Barger. Watch, and blog the substantial noninfringing use. BitTorrent is one of the most efficient p2p systems and is great for distributing movies and other large files. The Induce act is trying to make illegal basic technologies such as p2p which "could induce" people to break copyright law. With more powerful cameras and PCs, video and Flash have become important mediums for free speech. They are increasingly being used for political...

The new blogocracy »

danah boyd has a good op ed on blogging and bloggers at the DNC on Salon. (Salon forces you to watch an ad to read it.)...

CNN/Technorati Daily blog roundup »

Here is the first CNN/Technorati daily blog roundup for the DNC by our very own Dave Sifry....

Bloggers at the DNC »

So they're off. With credentials to get them past some sketchy security, bloggers are at the Demoractic National Convention. danah boyd has a critique of a New York Times article the bloggers at the convention. David Weinberger has a fun post about the blogger breakfast. Technorati has a page showing what convention bloggers, liberal bloggers and conservative bloggers are saying right now and Dave Winer has set up a Convention Bloggers aggregator....

Roger Ailes complaing about Outfoxed »

Poor poor FOX.Roger Ailes, Chairman and CEO, Fox News NetworkAny news organization that doesn’t support our position on copyright is crazy. Next week, we could take a month’s worth of video from CNN International and do a documentary “Why does CNN hate America?” You wouldn’t even have to do the hatchet job Outfoxed was. You damn well could run it without editing. CNN International, Al-Jazeera and BBC are the same in how they report-mostly that America is wrong and bad. Everybody should stand up and say these people don’t have the right to take our product anymore. They don’t have...

911 Commission Report »

Here's the 7.4MB 911 Commission Report. via Cryptome...

Lessig : Mr. O'Reilly, please just stop »

Lessig writes an open letter to Bill O'Reilly from the FOX News show The Factor. Lessig has been blogging a lot about OutFoxed, Richard Greenwald's film criticizing FOX News. Lessig links to a clip from the film, the original interview with Jeremy Glick and the offending anti-war ad. He takes on point by point the series of false accusations that O'Reilly has been making about Glick in an unfair smear campaign against his Glick.Lawrence LessigMr. O'Reilly, please just stop. Mr. O'Reilly, You have declared a "war" on the New York Times. That's good for you, good for them, and good...

Technorati and CNN »

Sifry's AlertsTechnorati and CNN A few minutes ago CNN announced that Technorati will be providing real-time analysis of the political blogosphere at next week's Democratic National Convention. I will be on-site in CNN's convention broadcast center, along with Mary Hodder, and I'll be providing regular on-air commentary on what bloggers are saying about politics and the convention. And on Sunday, July 25, we'll launch a new section of our site for political coverage: politics.technorati.com. This site will make it easy for bloggers, journalists, and anyone interested in politics to see the postings of the most linked-to political bloggers, to track...

'Jap Road' to Get Name Change »

I'm posting this because I've often been asked if I am offended by the word "Jap". The answer is, yes. I am.'Jap Road' to Get Name Change BEAUMONT, Texas (Reuters) - A decade-long fight over a quiet country lane called "Jap Road" ended on Monday when local officials voted to change the racially charged name. [...] "It's our history, it's our heritage. I can remember when it was a dirt road, now it's being portrayed as a racial divide between us and the Japanese-Americans," Earl Callahan, born and raised on Jap Road, told the commissioners. [...] "People believe in this...

Brainstorm 2004 - Eisner liked Fahrenheit 9/11 »

Michael Eisner is on a panel now at Brainstorm 2004. He was asked if he regretted not distributing Fahrenheit 9/11. He said no. Disney is not partisan and the movie was clearly political. Disney is an entertainment company. He said Rupert Murdoch said no for a completely different reason. Murdoch said he hated Moore and liked Bush. That's not why Disney didn't distribute the film. When asked whether he liked the movie, Eisner said he loved it. It was like going to a rock concert. It was entertaining, hilarious. He loved it in a non-political way....

Brainstorm 2004 - Quotes from Wesley Clark »

Some good quotes from Wesley Clark... Wesley Clark: The responsibility of Abu Ghraib does not lie in the men and women in the armed forces. It lies in with the commander and chief. Q: Why isn't the administration being held accountable for this? Wesley Clark: They will be held accountable in the elections. -- Wesley Clark: You can't win the war on terror by killing terrorists. You have to cut of the recruitment. It doesn't involve killing people....

Kerry's Powerbook »

At least Kerry has good taste in computers. via Markoff...

Brainstorm 2004 notes - Teresa Heinz Kerry »

Teresa Heinz Kerry: "If you leave children behind, it has been for naught." "People want America to be great again." The Republican party is totally different from the days of her late husband. Back then they used to even intermarry with Democrats. Back then they practiced the Socratic method....

Brainstorm 2004 session notes - The decline in America's reputation »

Now is tutorial session: The decline in America's reputation - Keith Reinhard w/ Pattie Sellers - What imact does it have on the U.S. and American brands? Reinhard will speak about a major new study. Here are my notes. They are rough notes and may be a bit inaccurate or unclear....

GW Bush Invigorating America's Youth »

I just found this very funny clip from David Letterman on David Weinberger's blog. (You need Real Player) So David, you may be the last person in America to see this clip, but at least not the last in the world. It's very funny. It's like a new twist to Stealth Disco....

Moore hopes 'Fahrenheit' will bring about regime change in Japan »

Japan TodayMoore hopes 'Fahrenheit' will bring about regime change in Japan NEW YORK — Controversial American filmmaker Michael Moore said Tuesday he hopes the global release of his documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11" will usher in "regime changes" in countries like Japan and Australia. In a press conference with foreign journalists in New York, Moore said his polemical movie should encourage people in all democratic countries that have supported the U.S.-led war in Iraq to vote their leaders out of office. There is definitely less news and information in Japanese about the theories about why the US went to war. A lot...

Rumor that John Edwards is Kerry's VP choice »

From an aviation forum site.USaviation.comJohn Kerry"s 757 was in hgr 4 pit tonight John Edwards vp decals were being put on engine cowlings and upper fuselage. :up: via Metafilter...

Orlowski on Induce Act and hacker activism »

In an update on the new Induce Act that I blogged about earlier, Orlowski makes an interesting observation about why the IT lobby lost Hatch who is leading this bill and who used to be "on our side."Orlowski - The RegisterDirty rotten inducers - the law the IT world deserves? ...Well, perhaps it's a combination of all these factors. Perhaps too, the brief flood of speculative capital into the technology industry in the 1980s and 1990s convinced IT people they didn't have an exalted place in society. For a time, they did, and even now many seem to think so....

Potty mouth Cheney »

Washington Post"On Tuesday, Cheney, serving in his role as president of the Senate, appeared in the chamber for a photo session. A chance meeting with Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (Vt.), the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, became an argument about Cheney's ties to Halliburton Co., an international energy services corporation, and President Bush's judicial nominees. The exchange ended when Cheney offered some crass advice. 'Fuck yourself,' said the man who is a heartbeat from the presidency." ...Even if the Senate were in session, the vice president, though constitutionally the president of the Senate, is an executive branch official and...

No more sex for American youths »

AlterNetAlterNet: EnviroHealth: Condom Wars Lethal new regulations from President Bush's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, quietly issued with no fanfare last week, complete the right-wing Republicans' goal of gutting HIV-prevention education in the United States. In place of effective, disease-preventing safe-sex education, little will soon remain except failed programs that denounce condom use, while teaching abstinence as the only way to prevent the spread of AIDS. And those abstinence-only programs, researchers say, actually increase the risk of contracting AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).Reminds me of this billboard. via Bopuc...

Update on "Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act of 2004" »

Dan GillmorCongress Goes After Peer to PeerUPDATED I hadn't been taking some proposed new copyright legislation very seriously, mainly because it's logically absurd on its face. But the "Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act of 2004" (PDF) seems to be moving so quickly that we have to pay attention now.It's basically a bill that can make the creation of technology that could possibly be used for "piracy" illegal. More on Dan's blog. Please take a look. It's quite absurd and dangerous. If it's moving quickly, I think we need to mobilize against it as soon as possible. Japan always gets hand-me-downs...

If you can't convince 'em, sue 'em »

A paper by Felix Oberholzer of Harvard Business School and Koleman Strumpf of UNC Chapel Hill shows strong evidence that file-sharing has "statistically indistinguishable from zero" effect on CD sales and the RIAA decides to sue 482 more people for sharing copyright music on peer-to-peer networks. This brings the number of people sued by the RIAA for file-sharing to 3,429. I guess that if you can't convince everyone, you can always try to scare people into submission. But it looks like the RIAA will have event MORE reasons to sue people. They're trying to "criminalize the act of inducing another...

Lying all over the place »

Better late then never. The State Department announced Tuesday that their report that terror has been decreasing was in fact incorrect. Terror actually ROSE in 2003. However, they are still arguing that they are "winning the war on terror." (AP/NY Times - Amended Report Shows Terror Rose in 2003) On our home front, the Japanese diet passed the controversial pension bill (the pension that 1/3 of the cabinet members have been shown to have evaded at some point). It is shown that an inflated fertility rate was used for the bill to show rosier numbers and lower, more accurate numbers...

Draft Bruce »

Andrew is trying to draft Bruce Springsteen, an outspoken critic of war, to perform at Giants Stadium (which he has reserved) September 1, the day of the Republican National Convention. Andrew wants you to sign his petition. Bush vs Bruce live would be definitely be something worth watching. via ejovi...

Cracking Iranian codes »

Bruce Schneier has written an interesting article discussing the accusation of Ahmed Chalabi of informing Iran that the US had broken its codes and when Iran knew that the NSA was cracking their codes. He digs into the history of Crypto AG, the NSA and Iran. He links to an article about Hans Buehler, the Crypto AG salesman who was arrested by Iran in 1992 on suspicion that Crypto AG had installed back doors in its encryption machines. There is no conclusion, but this story reminds me of Crytonomicon and the interesting world of information, misinformation and spying....

Boing Boing reports that US military may be blocking access to news sites »

Xeni @ Boing BoingMore on blocked sites for .mil websurfers Following up on this BoingBoing post about rumors that access to TheMemoryHole is being blocked on military computers in Iraq... [John continues:]If the request was denied due to the Content Filter configuration is a sentence fragment, but with The content category reported is Gen. News. and If you feel this site was blocked in error, please contact the Help Desk the meaning is clear enough. For whatever reason, "General News" is not fit for our troops. I've been meaning to send her a list of links and ask her if...

Email from artist suspected by FBI of bioterrorism »

In the comments on an earlier post on this blog about an artist suspected by the FBI of bioterrorism, there was a great deal of speculation about the incident and the facts. (Read the link above to my previous post for the background.) I emailed the artist, Steven Kurtz, asking him for the facts, and here is his reply. Deleted by request. Many people talked to me about this incident and strongly support the FBI's position on this. I still don't know enough details on the FBI's handling of the matter, but I DO think biotech as art is a...

Spirit of America »

Spirit of America is a somewhat grassroots, and quickly growing project to promote humanitarian aid in Iraq. It's interesting to note that both people for and against the war have signed on with their support. Dan Gillmor says, "Marc Danziger, a.k.a. the 'Armed Liberal' Web logger, supported the war in Iraq. Britt Blaser, a Howard Dean campaign adviser, did not." Both Marc and Britt are supporting this effort. Dan also writes, "'It seemed if you could essentially aggregate requests and syndicate those to potential donors, mainly using the Net and electronic outreach, you could respond with speed and on...

RTMark reports false arrest of artist by FBI who mistakes art for bioterrorism »

RTMarkFBI ABDUCTS ARTIST, SEIZES ART Feds Unable to Distinguish Art from Bioterrorism Grieving Artist Denied Access to Deceased Wife's Body DEFENSE FUND ESTABLISHED - HELP URGENTLY NEEDED Steve Kurtz was already suffering from one tragedy when he called 911 early in the morning to tell them his wife had suffered a cardiac arrest and died in her sleep.  The police arrived and, cranked up on the rhetoric of the "War on Terror," decided Kurtz's art supplies were actually bioterrorism weapons. Thus began an Orwellian stream of events in which FBI agents abducted Kurtz without charges, sealed off his entire...

Rumsfeld bans camera phones in Iraq »

News24.comRumsfeld bans phone cameras London - Cellphones fitted with digital cameras have been banned in US army installations in Iraq on orders from Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, The Business newspaper reported on Sunday. Quoting a Pentagon source, the paper said the US defence department believes that some of the damning photos of US soldiers abusing Iraqis at Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad were taken with camera phones. "Digital cameras, camcorders and cellphones with cameras have been prohibited in military compounds in Iraq," it said, adding that a "total ban throughout the US military" is in the works. via Smartmobs The...

Report: "Rumsfeld and Rice Approved; Bush Knew" »

Lauren WeinsteinReport: "Rumsfeld and Rice Approved; Bush Knew" Greetings. Seymour Hersh of The New Yorker, who exposed so many aspects of the Iraqi prisoner abuse story, now reports that U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and national security advisor Condoleezza Rice secretly approved the expansion of a clandestine program that encouraged physical coercion, sexual humiliation, and blackmail of Iraqi prisoners, setting the stage for the abuses that these same officials have recently been condemning so publicly. According to the report, President Bush was kept informed regarding this program. The Department of Defense called the accusations in the story "outlandish, conspiratorial, and...

Full Red Cross Report »

I'm sure most people have seen it, but the full Red Cross report on Iraqi Prisoner Abuse is online on Cryptome. Red Cross Report on Iraqi Prisoner Abuse...

Halliburton Pulling the Plug on GI Communications »

Kathryn CramerHalliburton Pulling the Plug on GI Communications A week after a scandal broke involving photos of American troops torturing Iraqi prisoners, Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown, & Root is pulling the plug on private electronic communications with the folks back home, apparently at the request of the Department of Defense.via Jim Oh right! If it weren't for that pesky Internet... I haven't seen this in mainstream media so I may be jumping the gun. Anyone who finds any other information about this, please let me know so I can update....

DMCRA Congressional hearing scheduled »

Congressional Hearing Called on Fair Use; 321 Studios President Asked to Testify Now Is the Time for Consumers to Effect Change Through www.protectfairuse.org WASHINGTON, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- A Congressional Hearing for H.R. 107, the Digital Media Consumers' Rights Act (DMCRA), has been set for Wednesday, May 12, at 10:00 AM Eastern. The DMCRA has been acknowledged and endorsed by major industry players like Intel Corp., Philips Consumer Electronics, Sun Microsystems, Bell South, Verizon, SBC, Qwest, Gateway, and the Consumer Electronics Association, among others, as a necessary balancing mechanism to restore consumers' fair use rights in the digital era. The...

Michael Powell on censorship and VOIP »

The RegisterFCC chairman hails VoIPMichael PowellIf you're a big incumbent and you've sort of enjoyed a competitive advantage . . . you, in my opinion, ought to be terrified. [...] I think it's going to be the very, very best and biggest breakthrough in our ambitions and dreams about competition ever.via Kevin Werbach Exactly. ReutersOxygen Media Inc. CEO and founder Geraldine Laybourne criticized the FCC's enforcement effort during the National Cable & Telecommunications Assn.'s (NCTA) annual trade show. "I don't think we should use the word indecency; we should call it what it is: censorship," Laybourne said Tuesday during one...

The New Yorker on the torture at Abu Ghraib »

In case anyone missed this, there is a detailed article on the torture at Abu Ghraib in The New Yorker. Unlike the sniper rumor, this one is pretty much documented fact. I realize that this is obviously not standard behavior, but it is not a single wacko, but a group of soldiers. It's really quite appalling. How can something like this happen? What is the mood like among American soldiers in Iraq? Is there a general hatred or is it really isolated behavior? I can't imagine an occupying force being very successful without some basic respect for the local citizens....

Article in Guardian about why the US should be forced out of Iraq »

An interesting article in The Guardian about what we should do in Iraq. She argues that the UN should not support the US in Iraq and should join the mutiny against the US and force the US out of Iraq.Naomi Klein, Saturday May 1, 2004, The GuardianMutiny is the only way out of Iraq's inferno The UN betrayed Iraq by becoming the political arm of US occupation. Now it must redeem itself Can we please stop calling it a quagmire? The United States isn't mired in a bog in Iraq, or a marsh; it is free-falling off a cliff. The...

Whom did Bush consult before going to war? »

MSNBC Hardball with Chris Matthews April 29 with Donald RumsfeldMATTHEWS: Mr. Secretary, let me ask you about the war in Iraq and the boldest question I could put to you here in the Pentagon. Did you ever advise the president to go to war? [...] RUMSFELD: You ought to get a life. You could do something besides read those books. MATTHEWS: This is my life. Let me ask you about something a little more... RUMSFELD: Let me answer your question. MATTHEWS: Did you advise the president to go to war? RUMSFELD: Yes. He did not ask me, is the question....

Interview in The Tech with Jack Valenti »

There's a short interview in MIT's The Tech newpaper with Jack Valenti about DMCA. I'm glad that Jack is still willing to have discussions like this. This is what I meant when I said that I think Jack should be respected. Even if you don't agree with him, he's still willing to try to discuss his position with you. via Creative Commons weblog...

Partisan blogging »

When I have posted particularly anti-Bush or partisan views, many people have complained in the comments or by email. Some of the most intelligent comments on my blog have come from conservatives and some of the most stupid from liberals. In order to keep some of the more intelligent conservatives involved in the dialog, I've tried to generally steer clear taking strong stands on the war in Iraq and on the presidential election. I thought about it and I've decided that this is stupid. I don't want Bush to be re-elected and I think going into Iraq was wrong. I...

E-Voting Machines Get Official Thumbs Down »

Mercury NewsE-voting panel wants to dump troubled system SACRAMENTO - Less than seven months before the presidential election, an advisory panel Thursday unanimously recommended an unprecedented ban of touch-screen election equipment used in four California counties. The panel also urged Secretary of State Kevin Shelley to seek a criminal or civil investigation into the conduct of Diebold Election Systems, the Ohio-based firm that manufactured the troubled voting system.Yes! We really need to get rid of e-voting. It's such a bad idea and until now, I thought we were losing the battle. We need to make sure this doesn't end with...

Bluetooth against Bush and intellectual property »

Smart MobsBluetooth against Bush and intellectual property Bluetooth Against Bush, a political organizing tool, received a cease and desist order from the Bluetooth SIG for trademark reasons.You better watch out Robert!...

U.S. Won't Let Company Test All Its Cattle for Mad Cow »

The New York TimesU.S. Won't Let Company Test All Its Cattle for Mad Cow The Department of Agriculture refused yesterday to allow a Kansas beef producer to test all of its cattle for mad cow disease, saying such sweeping tests were not scientifically warranted. The producer, Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, wanted to use recently approved rapid tests so it could resume selling its fat-marbled black Angus beef to Japan, which banned American beef after a cow slaughtered in Washington State last December tested positive for mad cow. The company has complained that the ban is costing it $40,000 a day...

NYT Op-Ed on Iraq »

A good op-ed by Maureen Dowd in the New York Times about the situation in Iraq....

Richard Clarke apology »

pseudorandomCorrect Me If I'm Wrong... ...but I can't remember any current high-ranking member of the Bush Administration ever saying anything like what Richard Clarke said today: Mr. Clarke began his testimony before the bipartisan, 10-member panel, formally known as the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, with an apology to relatives of the 3,000 people killed on Sept. 11, 2001. "Your government failed you," he said, his voice close to breaking. "Those entrusted with protecting you failed you, and I failed you." "We tried hard," Mr. Clarke went on, "but that doesn't matter, because we failed. And...

Bush Jokes About Absent Wmd »

Bush Jokes About Absent Wmd Haha. Very funny... not. Via Lauren Weinstein's Blog...

Congress moving to criminalize P2P »

Xeni of Boing Boing writes in Wired News about Congress moving to criminalize P2P.XeniRead the full text of Senator Hatch's remarks describing children as "human shields against copyright owners and law enforcement agencies," and the "piracy machine designed to tempt them to engage in copyright piracy or pornography distribution," here. Human shields my ass. These kids are customers who are being treated like criminals. I know this is dead horse kicking, but I've learned about and subsequently purchased more music online since I started sharing music files. As a DJ, when I made mixed tapes, I was promoting these bands...

Richard Clarke on 60 Minutes - Did Bush Press For Iraq-9/11 Link? »

60 MinutesDid Bush Press For Iraq-9/11 Link? "Rumsfeld was saying that we needed to bomb Iraq," Clarke said to Stahl. "And we all said ... no, no. Al-Qaeda is in Afghanistan. We need to bomb Afghanistan. And Rumsfeld said there aren't any good targets in Afghanistan. And there are lots of good targets in Iraq. I said, 'Well, there are lots of good targets in lots of places, but Iraq had nothing to do with it. "Initially, I thought when he said, 'There aren't enough targets in-- in Afghanistan,' I thought he was joking. via Dan Gillmor...

Dishonest Dubya »

Dishonest Dubya. Funny. via Peggy...

Rumsfeld Faces The Nation, And Stammers »

Video clip of Rumseld on Face The NationFace The NationSCHIEFFER: Well, let me just ask you this. If they did not have these weapons of mass destruction, though, granted all of that is true, why then did they pose an immediate threat to us, to this country? Sec. RUMSFELD: Well, you're the--you and a few other critics are the only people I've heard use the phrase "immediate threat." I didn't. The president didn't. And it's become kind of folklore that that's--that's what's happened. The president went... SCHIEFFER: You're saying that nobody in the administration said that. Sec. RUMSFELD: I--I can't...

Targeting one homeland-security photo-op a month for Bush »

TIMEAdministration sources tell TIME that employees at the Department of Homeland Security have been asked to keep their eyes open for opportunities to pose the President in settings that might highlight the Administration’s efforts to make the nation safer. The goal, they are being told, is to provide Bush with one homeland-security photo-op a month.They should just give him a moblog and have him do it himself. via bopnews via American Footprint...

California attorney general preparing to slam P2P »

Wired News just ran an article by Xeni exposing a draft letter circulated by Bill Lockyer, California attorney general slamming P2P. The metadata on the Word document shows that it has been edited/reviewed by the Motion Picture Association of America. Another example of Hollywood using the US government to push its agenda to blame and limit technology which it views as a threat. It is me, or is this pretty "smoking gun"?...

So Much for The Kerry Rumor? »

Statement from woman and parents about rumors linking her to Sen. John Kerry - The Associated Press, Monday, February 16, 2004 via Dan Gillmor...

Presidents’ Day lesson: the mayor’s duty »

Friends of mine who have been waiting for a long time were finally married as San Francisco allowed same-sex marriages. It was a day of joy. We drove by City Hall here and saw a huge line of people waiting to get married. This is a great thing. Dan Gillmor has sparked an interesting discussion about the legal ramifications of the Mayor's decision and Lawrence Lessig comments on this.Lawrence LessigPresidents’ Day lesson: the mayor’s duty The Mayor of San Francisco has decided that a state law is unconstitutional under the state constitution, and has therefore ordered city clerks to disobey...

asianmediawatch.net mobilizes against "Lost In Translation" »

asianmediawatch.net has started a campaign to petition the movie industry to vote against "Lost In Translation" for the Academy Awards. My sister blogs about the negative depictions of Japanese in "Lost in Translation". She links to a UK Guardian and New York Times article that point out similar issues with the movie. When I first saw the movie, I thought it was funny. After reading the articles and the asianmediawatch site and thinking about how much influence Hollywood has on the way the world views cultures, I can see their point....

Drudge Report on alleged Kerry infidelity »

Drudge Report: CAMPAIGN DRAMA ROCKS DEMOCRATS: KERRY FIGHTS OFF MEDIA PROBE OF RECENT ALLEGED INFIDELITY, RIVALS PREDICT RUIN Wow. via lovebot...

DFA continues to move on »

Jim Moore blogs about the lessons that DeanforAmerica has learned and how it continues to evolve. He gives the example of MoveOn.org which started as a movement to "move on" from the Clinton impeachment, then broadened its mission to counter the selling of the Iraq war, and now is purchasing ads to get Americans to think. Obviously, Jim and everyone at DFA is still hoping for a Howard Dean victory, but Jim also muses about the idea of DFA continuing to gain momentum and power.Jim MooreDFA's role in American politics DeanforAmerica will have powerful mission in American politics.  DFA will...

WDFA - Radio Dean for America »

WDFA - Radio Dean for America Lots of stuff going on at the Dean campaign, but the Net team just keeps chugging along. Zack has been working on the idea of "happenings" for the Dean Campaign, combining chat and Internet radio. They just did the first trial run and it was great. Anyone who has any thoughts or ideas, please contact Zack directly. Zack is uberzacker on AIM and his email is zrosen at deanforamerica dot com....

Bruce Schneier - Slouching toward Big Brother »

Bruce SchneierSlouching toward Big Brother Rarely do we discuss how little identification has to do with security, and how broad surveillance of everyone doesn't really prevent terrorism. Bruce writes about how security is a trade-off and how what we're giving up is not worth what we're getting in the war on terror through surveillance in the United States....

Dean Campaign Hires Bellhead »

David Isenberg blogs about the "Bellhead" background of Roy Neel, Howard Dean's new campaign manager....

Lessig on latest missive from Cato »

Larry Lessig comments on Adam Thierer's latest missive from Cato....

Cato gets it wrong in their analysis of Dean Net policy »

David Weinberger describes how the Cato Institute's analysis of the Dean Net policy is wrong....

Global crackdown on profanity »

Michael Powell wants to crack down on profanity in the US and the Brazilians arrest this pilot (via antti) for flipping them the finger. "He made an internationally known obscene gesture when he was being photographed by the Federal Police," according to the article. With all of the increased reason for profanity directed against establishment, I can see how a global war on profanity is essential for the security interests of the civilized world. :-p...

RIAA's fake cops harrass based on racial stereotypes »

And even more racism...Kevin MarksRIAA's fake cops harrass based on racial stereotypes LA weekly story:'A large percentage [of the vendors] are of a Hispanic nature,' Langley said. 'Today hes Jose Rodriguez, tomorrow hes Raul something or other, and tomorrow after that hes something else. These people change their identity all the time. A pictures worth a thousand words.'Langley is Western regional coordinator for the RIAA Anti-Piracy Unit.I feel sorry for Sir Howard Stringer. I'm glad I don't have to hang out with people like the RIAA. (tech dirt on how Sir Howard might save Sony Music) I wonder just how...

Dean and the press »

Salon article on media pushed by Republicans and anonymous Democrats to paint a bad picture of Dean. (via metafilter) In the mean time, Dean rocks our world on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine. Here's the CNN synopsis of the interview. (via Rick Klau)...

Winners for Bush in 30 seconds posted »

The Bush in 30 seconds winners have just been posted. UPDATE: ad may not pass CBS's "standards". Hmm... via Dan Gillmor...

Lessig on Supreme Court justices »

Larry gives his opinion of the Supreme Court justices like a sommelier describing a collection of fine wines....

Tim Oren heckles us about the Internet not helping Dean close the popularity gap »

Tim Oren cites a poll by the Washington Post showing that the Internet has not helped Dean close the popularity gap with Bush. He says:Tim Oren @ Due DiligenceBut those who think the removal of big media means the newly empowered wil start singing 'Kumbaya' and turn into anti-Bush, anti-war 'emergent democracy' citizens are indulging in wishful thinking, and we now have evidence to that effect. (Yes, I'm looking at you, Joi.) These newly empowered participants actually have to be persuaded. And that's a very good thing, too.I agree. There is still a lot we need to do. I think...

Bush in 30 Seconds »

Fifteen "bush in 30 second" ads on MoveOn.Org. "a political advertising contest sponsored by moveon.org voter fund."...

A message to the left-wing freak show from the Club for Growth »

John Perry BarlowLest anyone lull themselves into the belief that the left has taken an uncontested lead in the bad-mouthing-the-oppostion derby, I submit the following from an Iowa anti-Dean ad being run by The Club for Growth, a PAC which describes itself as "one of the nation’s leading free-market political advocacy organizations." In a current press release on their web site, they announce an ad that began running today on Des Moines, Iowa broadcast stations and on cable news channels, for which they have budgeted over $100,000 during this phase of the campaign. For for those who can't stream the...

Barlow steps out of the echo chamber »

For those of you who continue to argue that most blogs and links between blogs are an echo chamber, go to Barlow's blog and take a look. Barlow has stepped out of his Barlowfriendz mailing list into a community which includes the Barlowenemiez. Barlow eloquently discusses the experience of stepping out of the echo chamber....

Judgmental technology »

It's kind of funny when Basil's TiVo thinks he's gay and Kevin's Outlook thinks Scoble's writing is junk, but it won't be funny when CAPPS II thinks you're a terrorist....

can #joiito come to your Dean New Year House Party Halley? »

Halley, can #joiito come to your Dean New Year Party? Can you like project us on the wall or something? Good idea Lisa...

David Weinberger on Howard Dean answering machine messages »

David WeinbergerSuppose Gov. Dean were to record a message like the following and make it available for download on the campaign Web site: [...] Hello. ____[suitably long pause]_____ have agreed to let me answer their phone. I'm Howard Dean and if you elect me president, I'll answer your phone, too. Now, here's the beep.Knowing David, who IS the Campaign's Senior Internet Advisor, he'll probably suggest this to Howard Dean. ;-)...

Gary Wolf's "How the Internet Invented Howard Dean" »

The Gary Wolf article, "How the Internet Invented Howard Dean" in Wired Magazine that I blogged about earlier just came online. As David Weinberger says, it's a covers the theoretical side of the campaign and is a good addition to Ed Cone's article on the operations and the NY Times Magazine article about the spirit of the campaign....

The Dean for Iowa Game »

The Dean for Iowa Game just went online. It's cute and fun and captures the spirit of being a supporter. I'm glad to have played my own little part in making this happen. The game was developed by Ian Bogost and his team at Persuasive Games. Ian contacted me through LinkedIn. LinkedIn routed his request for contact via a mutual friend, Ian McCarthy who vouched for Ian Bogost. I took that request and forwarded it to Britt Blaser who is working with the Dean campaign. Britt is "Mr. Execution" and before I knew it, The Dean for Iowa Game happened....

Dan on Gore's Dean Endorsement »

Dan Gillmor blogs about Al Gore's endorsement of Dean and explains why it makes so much sense. Nice one Dan. I hadn't thought about it that way, but it makes total sense.

Bloggers google bomb George Bush »

If you go to google and search for "miserable failure" you get bio of George W Bush. This is a bloggers' google bomb.Newsday article on the topicThanks Kev for the clarification

compelling environmental movie »

danah boydcompelling environmental movie Say whatever you want about Leonardo. But global warming movie is a really beautiful and compelling little reminder to the masses in a non-aggressive way. WATCH IT.Yup. Great movie. Watch it.

What's At Stake? »

Interesting multi-author pseudonymous political/US-election-related blog called "What's At Stake?". Reminds me of Locke and Demosthenes from Ender's Game.

My position on the US »

I just received an email from one of my best friends urging me to stop fueling disinformation and anti-Americanism. He also urged me to stop comparing the US to Nazi Germany. I've also had some private email exchanges with some conservatives about some of the issues I've written about lately. I've started feeling like a politician trying to keep my liberal and conservative friend happy by mostly posting questions, posting notes of other people's comments and quoting people. Now that I'm being urged from both sides, I guess I should clarify my own position.Here is where I stand. What I'm mainly against is the conservative media in the US and the right wing one-liners like "bomb Iraq to democracy" which I saw on a lot of conservative web sites before the invasion of Iraq. I remember very clearly Colin Powell's speech at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos. I was moved by the speech. He made me feel like maybe it was the right decision to go into Iraq... but he hung his whole argument on WMD. I still have not been convinced that the invasion on Iraq was the right decision, but I'm probably willing to hear arguments more than my more liberal friends.What disturbs me the most about this administration is the drift towards secrecy, the Patriot Act and profiling with the assistance of advanced technology. I think that is REALLY BAD and I am not convinced that profiling really works.Regarding my quote of Pastor Martin Niemöller... I'm not comparing the US to Nazi Germany. It's an eloquent statement about the necessity to look out for human rights, even those of people who are not in your tribe. I think human rights are at risk globally. It's easy to see abuses and say things about human rights abuses in other countries, but I'm just urging American to watch out for the stuff happening right under your noses.Although I am a liberal, I find some of the anti-American stuff a bit over-board and I find some of the conservatives arguing convincingly on many issues. I may become emotional at times, but I'm trying to keep my thinking above the emotional level. I will try to present what I believe is a balanced view here and I want to thank all of the people who have posted here and sent me thoughtful disagreements and urgings. (Although some of the disagreements have been not-so-thoughtful.)

Opening speech by Koji Murata »

Yesterday's discussions opened with a speech by Murata-sensei about the US. Here are some of my notes.His main point was that the Japanese do not understand the US and should study more before making assumptions and decisions about the US.

A global democracy »

One thing that I am struck by, having been at several conferences lately where we have had discussions about US foreign policy is the inability for foreigners to affect US foreign policy. The US seems ready to ignore the UN and the rest of the world when they disagree with it.So let me get this right. The US is going to become the world's policeman and will bomb the bad guys into democracy. The US will become so rich and powerful that there will no longer be hatred and wars? The US will become the one nation to rule them all and American culture bind them?In this scenario the US is kind of like a super state, but only American citizens can vote, right? Only American citizens have rights. What does this mean exactly?I think that the US needs to seriously consider the consequences of alienating the rest of the world and trying to become a super-class global citizen and ruler of the world without a significant change in its attitude towards other nations and other cultures. We are in an integrated world where it is impossible to isolate yourself economically, culturally or even militarily.I'm not (yet) asking to be allowed to participate in the US elections, but I do think it is important to understand just how important it is for the US to get along with its neighbors. The only way to get along with people is to understand them and talk to them. The tragedy of the human psychological tendency to not care about cultures and people who you don't know or are different from you is something we can no longer tolerate.I think the US is going down the slippery slope of becoming one of the most hated nations in the world when it still possible for it to be one of the most loved nation if only it learned to listen to, respect and understand the rest of us.I guess my point is that we need some sort of global democracy that is inclusive of everyone which embraces diversity. I know I'm oversimplifying the issues, but I've been quiet the last few days so I felt like a rant. ;-)

Who will be left when they finally come for you »

The lack of activity in the US in protesting the treatment of foreign national at the borders, the extradition of foreign nationals to countries known to torture and disinterest in the the profiling and secret arrests of Americans of Middle Eastern descent is disconcerting.Remember, some day they may come looking for you.Pastor Martin NiemöllerFirst they came for the Jewsand I did not speak outbecause I was not a Jew.Then they came for the Communistsand I did not speak outbecause I was not a Communist.Then they came for the trade unionistsand I did not speak outbecause I was not a trade unionist.Then they came for meand there was no one leftto speak out for me.

US warplanes rumored to be flying over Scotland to possibly bomb someone else »

ilind.netNovember 5, 2003 - WednesdayThe following is from Information Clearing House today."Note: Unconfirmed Report"Can any of our Scottish readers verify the following report:Since Saturday, people in the Highlands of Scotland have been witnessing large movements of US warplanes overhead. Experienced observers say the large numbers are reminiscent of those that preceded the bombing of Iraq in 1998 and military strikes against Libya in the 1980's, as well as the first Gulf War.It is thought that the planes have flown on a route over the North Pole to bases in Europe and the Mediterranean. The size and scale of the movement suggests that the US may be preparing to strike against a country in the Middle East in the next week to ten days. I have been getting a lot of email referring to this report. If you have information in relation to the above, please email me at email@cox.net"Has anyone seen this or know of any other information about this? Is the US about to attack someone else?Via Markoff

Notes from second day of Japan Society roundtable »

The session on the second day of the Japan Society roundtable was amazing. It was so full of interesting opinions by so many experts that I really had very little to add. I uncharacteristically just sat there and took notes.Here are some of the notes.

Maher Arar, a Canadian, arrested and deported by the US government to be tortured in Syria »

Maher Arar, a dual Canadian-Syrian citizen was arrested at a stopover in JFK in New York and deported to Syria by the US government. It seems to be unclear how they decided he was a "suspected terrorist" but it took close to a year in a prison in Syria and a lot of torture for them to decide that he was OK to be sent back to Canada. Obviously, it's probably easier for a Syrian national to get on a "list" than a Japanese, but this really scary. They say he had had a relationship with another suspected terrorist who is also being imprisoned and tortured now in Syria. He says he barely knew the guy.So what does this mean for us? If we meet someone, we should not "become friendly" with them until we are certain that they are not a suspected terrorist. What does this mean? We need to make sure they don't hang out with other suspected terrorists. So if you believe in six degrees, it's likely at some point you will be a suspected terrorist.How do they know if you hang out with someone? Friendster? LinkedIn? Your email? We need to be VERY careful about the privacy of not just the content of our communication, but the privacy of who we are in touch with, often called sigint, or signal intelligence.Seriously though, this will cause a chilling effect on meeting, calling, emailing or otherwise "being in touch with" anyone who you don't know very well that could land you on the "suspected terrorist" list.For articles about the Maher Arar case, just do a google news search. The article where he finally talks to the media directly is here.

Dean is asking YOU whether he should decline federal matching funds »

The Dean campaign has an important choice to make. He has to either choose to accept US federal matching funds and have his spending capped at $45 million or waive the funds and be allowed to raise and spend more. Bush is raising $200 million from large companies. With the incredible grassroots fund raising so far, Dean should probably waive the matching funds and go for it, he is asking on his blog and via email to all 484,000 members of his campaign what THEY think he should do.Howard DeanThis decision is no longer mine to make. This is a campaign of the people, by the people and for the people. Your successful effort of raising a historic amount of money through small contributions has made this choice possible. This is why I am putting this decision in your hands.I am asking you to vote on what kind of a campaign we will conduct from this point forward. No matter how well intentioned both our options are – the choice is difficult: do we choose option (a) to fund our campaign ourselves and decline matching funds, or do we choose option (b) and accept federal matching funds and the spending limits?You will receive a ballot via email on Thursday and have until midnight Friday to vote. The results will be announced on Saturday.This is really amazing. This is so grassroots and activating. Way to go folks!Via Jim Moore who was in Burlington with Dean volunteers. Jim has a great entry about this.

Japan Society Roundtable - New Currents in Japanese National Identity »

Participated in an interesting roundtable discussion this morning organized by the Japan Society. I was told I could write about it but I couldn't attribute quotes without permission.There were representatives from the US, China, Taiwan and Korea.

John Edwards to guest blog at Larry's place »

Senator John Edwards, a presidential candidate will start guest blogging on Lessig's blog Monday. The announcement is here. Very cool.

US to install fingerprinting devices in airports »

The Associated PressU.S. Unveils ID SystemWASHINGTON (AP) -- The public got its first look Tuesday at fingerprinting and photo equipment that will be installed at 115 airports and 14 seaports to check identities of millions of foreign visitors.The equipment, which goes into use Jan. 5, will allow inspectors to check identities of visitors against those on terrorist watch lists.[...]The system consists of a small box that digitally scans fingerprints and a spherical computer camera that snaps pictures. It will be used for the estimated 24 million foreigners traveling on tourist, business and student visas who enter through an airport or seaport.I wonder what they're going to use this data for? I wonder if they are going to "share" it with other governments. If they start putting these things all over the place, the risk to someone getting on some "list" will not be limited to just being harassed entering the US.

Why George Bush Sr. didn't occupy Iraq »

George Herbert Walker Bushfrom his memoir, "A World Transformed"(1998)Trying to eliminate Saddam...would have incurredincalculable human and political costs.Apprehending him was probably impossible.... Wewould have been forced to occupy Baghdad and, ineffect, rule Iraq.... there was no viable "exitstrategy" we could see, violating another of ourprinciples. Furthermore, we had beenself-consciously trying to set a pattern forhandling aggression in the post-Cold War world.Going in and occupying Iraq, thus unilaterallyexceeding the United Nations' mandate, would havedestroyed the precedent of international responseto aggression that we hoped to establish. Had wegone the invasion route, the United States couldconceivably still be an occupying power in abitterly hostile land.I wonder if his son read this?Via Markoff

Gary Wolf on the Internet side of the Dean campaign for Wired »

I had a really interesting IM chat with Gary this morning. He's writing an article for Wired about the Internet side of the Dean campaign. He's blogging about it as well. Very cool. It looks like he's having a lot of interesting conversations. A must read blog entry, which will probably lead to a great article. Like Dan Gillmor and Jeff Jarvis, he is another journalists who seems to understand the value of blogging. And... free fact checking. ;-)

Broadcast Flag Bad »

Cory and the EFF have been leading the charge to stop the broadcast flag proposal. Lessig chimes in. The broadcast flag is a bad thing which is anti-end-to-end. Fight for the Stupid Network!If this entry is cryptic to you, you need to learn more about the broadcast flag and why it is bad. Click on the links.

Arnold goes "Chichin Pwee Pwee" »

The entry on Bopuc's blog about Japander.com reminded me of my blog entry about my favorite Arnold Schwarzenegger commercials in Japan for energy drinks. This is also relevant to the entry about Lost in Translation since Bill Murray's role is probably what Arnold had to go through. Anyway, definitely worth a look if you haven't seen these commercials already. They're great.

The dialog about Beate's treatment in Atlanta continues »

My original blog entry about Trevor's fiance Beate's treatment when trying to enter the US is starting to sink into my archives, but the dialog continues. Both Beate and Tervor have commented. Trevor's brother Dan has a blog. Dan Gillmor's blog and the British Expats blog also have extensive comments.Both in my blog and Dan Gillmor's blog, people have made sort of insensitive comments about the couple before the couple commented. Important lesson: People you think about in third person can read blogs and have a voice. "They" are real people. I think it's great that we're able to have such an open dialog about stuff like this with the people who were actually involved. I know many people at the embassies read blogs. What do you folks think? You should chime in. ;-)

Homeland Security at the border »

DanTurned Away at BorderThe love story of Trevor Hughes and his fiancee began in an elementary school in the Himalayan foothills. They were "global nomads." He was a diplomat's son. She the daughter of missionaries. They lived in Asia, attended school together, fell in love and want to get married in June. But when Hughes' fiancee, a German national, tried to visit him on a six-month tourist visa Monday, she was detained in Atlanta, handcuffed, jailed--even stripped of her diamond engagement ring. Then, after 20 hours without food, she was put on a plane and shipped back to Stuttgart. Horrible story. I was also harassed at the border this time, much worse than I've ever been. I have a zillion stamps in my passport and it's obvious that I travel frequently to the US, but the questions were quite relentless. The Homeland Security officer was really tough on everyone and when it was turn for the Japanese woman in front of me to go up, she was so frightened, she was shaking and couldn't even speak. He kept asking her name and she opened her mouth and nothing came out. I haven't seen anyone so scared.Anyway, for anyone traveling to the US... It's TOTALLY different now. I may have just hit a particularly tough guy, but the mood is totally different now. The questions are totally different now. Be prepared to explain everything about your trip, your history, your nationality and your job in great detail. My guy this trip didn't know what a venture capitalist was so I had to explain that too...I think I'm going to start cutting back my travel to the US. I definitely don't want to end up in some jail with no food for 20 hours... The US might as well put up a sign saying, "your trip may be randomly terminated for security purposes..."via Boing Boing

Emergent democracy is not the same as direct democracy »

Ross Mayfield rants about the problems of direct democracy and the difference between emergent democracy and direct democracy. This was one of the points that I had difficulty making during the Harvard Law School class. Rojisan and I talked about it last night too. Emergent democracy IS NOT the same as using technology to scale direct democracy. Emergent democracy is about leadership through giving up control, activating the people to engage through deliberation and action, and allowing emergent order to grow from the grass roots. It's the difference between a couch potato clicking the vote button and a group of people starting their own Dean coalition group.That's the difference between the Dean Campaign and what just happened in California. They may both be symptoms of people unhappy with the current regime, but they are very different types of democracy.

F---ing USA? »

The FCC says it's OK to say "fuck" on TV. So it is OK to broadcast, "fucking USA" ?Via MetaFilter and Boing Boing

Howard Dean's Internet Initiative »

The Dean campaign just announced Howard Dean's Internet Initiative.I will be participating in the Net Advisory Net and I am in good company.The Net Advisory NetThe Net Advisory Net will present to the Governor and his team diverse and highly-informed opinions concerning the Internet and its potential impact upon society. While many of the members support Dean, he is seeking advice, not endorsements, and the advisors do not necessary support the campaign. Learn more at http://www.deanforamerica.com/NAN.The first NAN team will focus on how to bridge the "digital divide" by providing universal broadband access to the Internet. Initial members of the broadband committee include: Hal Abelson, Laura Breeden, DeWayne Hendricks, Joi Ito, Lawrence Lessig, Bob Lucky, David Reed, Richard Rowe and David Weinberger. Other working groups will be established to address the potential of e-government to increase our democracy, balancing the rights of artists and the public domain, protecting the privacy of customers and citizens, electronic voting, protecting children and vulnerable communities from Internet exploitation, and controlling spam without impeding the basic architecture of the Web. The goal of each working group will be to frame issues and hold conversations about public policies in order to prepare specific suggestions for the Governor to consider and proposals for addressing these issues in a Dean administration.I think the Dean campaign's involvement of the Internet could revolutionize the way politics and democracy work. I'm excited to be part of the team and am very interested in how this ties into emergent democracy. I'm also looking forward to taking what we learn and bringing it back to Japan.There is a less boastful and better post about this with a bunch of links on David Weinberger's blog.

Mob Spots »

Steven Johnson, the author of Emergence, (the book that inspired me to start thinking about Emergent Democracy) recently blogged about grassroots political ads created with desktop tools. He created a cool quicktime mock ad for the Clark campaign and later Sean created a version with music and voiceover. Steven created this with iPhoto and Keynote.Very cool use of desktop technology and weblogs. I hope we see a lot more of this stuff. I particularly like the collaborative aspect. Steven, you should put a creative commons license on your ad. ;-)

Political idea virus »

Seth GodinA fascinating experiment...in ideaviruses, permission marketing and cows.Worth a look, regardless of your politics: whowillbeatbush.comVery Seth. Very interesting. ;-)

IEEE members: save democracy from a broken standards-committee! »

A very important message from Cory Doctorow about the broken process at the IEEE on electronic voting machine standardization. If you are an IEEE member or have influence at the IEEE you should read this.

Howard Dean campaign needs IT support »

Britt BlaserI'm writing from Dean campaign headquarters in Burlington, VT with an urgent appeal.The Howard Dean campaign is growing like a startup that's suddenly got hot. This IS a tech startup, and it needs 2 real pros yesterday.I've attached descriptions from Harish Rao, IT Director.If you know anyone qualified, or anyone who might find them, PLEASE contact Harish immediately. This campaign is at an inflection point. They may not pay much now, but there's a good chance it will turn into a VERY interesting 8 year gig.They need a system administrator and a database administrator.If you know someone qualified, contact Harish

Republicans creating jobs in India »

Although the Republican National Committee denies it, The Business Standard in India reports that the Republicans are outsourcing campaign fund-raising to India. The new law in the US allows people to opt out of telemarketing from everyone except political parties and non-profits. If the RNC is outsourcing to India, I guess it leaves only the Democrats and non-profits for people who make a living in telemarketing. Bummer.George W. Bush - State of the Union Address Jobs are created when the economy grows; the economy grows when Americans have more money to spend and invest; and the best and fairest way to make sure Americans have that money is not to tax it away in the first place.I didn't realize that Bush was talking about jobs in India. (I personally don't have anything against creating jobs in India...)Via David Weinberger Via Michael O'Connor Clarke

State Department warning on "increased indications" of attacks today »

CNNBREAKING NEWSState Department warns of "increased indications" that al Qaeda is preparing attacks on U.S. interests to coincide with 9/11 anniversary. Details soon. Ahh... OK. What do I? Run away?Thanks for the link GabeUPDATE: More details on State Department warning on CNN.

Dean Asks Wesley Clark to Join Campaign »

ReutersReport: Dean Asks Wesley Clark to Join Campaign Thu September 11, 2003 01:47 AM ETWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean has asked former NATO commander Wesley Clark to join his campaign if Clark does not run himself and the two have discussed the vice presidency, The Washington Post reported on Thursday. This is good news. I'd love to see this duo in the Whitehouse.I saw Wesley Clark at Brainstorm and at FiRE and was really impressed by him. I wonder if he's going to accept the offer...Thanks for the link Jerry

Baghdad Burning »

Doc links to a "Girl Blog from Iraq", Baghdad Burning by Salam's friend Riverbend.

See ya later John Poindexter, it's been real... »

This may be old news for many of you, but I just found out that John Poindexter, the mastermind behind the "Total Information Awareness" project in the US, tendered his resignation August 12.Government Computer NewsJohn Poindexter’s whirlwind 20 months as head of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s newly created Office of Information Awareness will end on Aug. 29, the day he will officially step down. A PDF of his resignation letter on the Washington Post site.Thanks to twostop on #joiito

The anti-gay bandwagon and American politics »

I got a few very thoughtful emails from Megan about the anti-gay bandwagon and American politics today. First of all, I think it's sad seeing the Pope and American politicians taking positions against gay rights and I strongly believe in gay marriages.

David Weinberger on Howard Dean »

David Weinberger blogs about some of the negative comments from "The Net" to Howard Dean's blogging. He says:David Weinberger Before this, what would you have had to do to get the ear of a potential president of the United States? You could have a column in a national newspaper or you could get a hernia toting sacks of cash to the campaign headquarters. Can we at least pause for a moment of delight before we become blasé?I totally agree. This is SO MUCH BETTER than what we have today with other candidates. I don't think we need to necessarily "cut him a break" but I think we can be more encouraging.

Software and music piracy linked to terrorism »

Software and music piracy linked to terrorism!The RIAA was trying to assert this last year and I thought it was pretty silly. Now the head of Interpol is saying it.News24Piracy linked to terrorism16/07/2003 14:27  - (SA)   Paris - The head of Interpol called on Wednesday for a global crackdown on software and music piracy, saying the illicit proceeds help finance al-Qaida, Hezbollah and other terrorist networks.No wonder they're trying to make file sharing a felony. :-(Via IP

Howard Dean is Larry's guest blogger »

Howard Dean is going to guest blog for Lawrence Lessig while he is away on vacation. It is VERY cool that a presidential candidate is blogging. It's also cool that Six Apart can now say that a presidential candidate uses Movable Type. And how cool is it to be able to say, "Howard Dean's taking care of my blog while I'm away." Nice one Larry!Let's all welcome Howard Dean to the blog world!

Public Domain Enhancement Act - IMPORTANT »

Larry's been pushing this idea for awhile now, but it's coming to a head. It's VERY important. You folks better get this passed in the US so we can push it in Japan. Please please please. It's a great idea and is so simple to argue for that we MUST all support it.reclaiming the public domainLawrence LessigWe have launched a petition to build support for the Public Domain Enhancement Act. That act would require American copyright holders to pay $1 fifty years after a work was published. If they pay the $1, the copyright continues. If they don’t, the work passes into the public domain. Historical estimates would suggest 98% of works would pass into the pubilc domain after 50 years. The Act would do a great deal to reclaim a public domain.This proposal has received a great deal of support. It is now facing some important lobbyists’ opposition. We need a public way to begin to demonstrate who the lobbyists don’t speak for. This is the first step. If you are an ally in at least this cause, please sign the petition. Please blog it, please email it, please spam it, please buy billboards about it — please do whatever you can. And most importantly, please help us explain its importance. There is a chance to do something significant here. But it will take a clearer, simpler voice than mine.

Stupid Michigan Laws make VPN's illegal - Dan Gillmor reports »

Dan Gillmor has a short entry about the stupid new bill in Michigan that basically makes firewalls and VPN's illegal. According to Dan, "And guess whose greasy fingerprints are all over it? Right, the movie studios."

Book on legal tax evasion banned in US »

Interesting message on Politech about the freedom of speech issue of the recent banning of Mr. Irwin Schiff's book on how not to pay taxes.

Matthew Cadbury on truth and the power of words »

Matthew Cadbury, the always insightful GLT posted this on our list today. Relevant to the revolution and the pursuit of truth thread today.

Colin Powell in Davos »

Some notes from Colin Powell's talk....
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