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September 25, 2013

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Making All Voices Count – A Grand Challenge For Web Development
Making All Voices Count is a global initiative that supports innovation, scaling-up, and research to deepen existing innovations and help harness new technologies to enable citizen engagement and government responsiveness.

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September 25, 2013

Is my discussion system doomed because it doesn't expose personal information…

Is my discussion system doomed because it doesn't expose personal information to data mining techniques? I have to wonder. And worry.

See, //you// are the product here on FB. And, to a lesser extent, on Twitter. (Maybe most of all on Google, but there it's more hidden.) Not many of you know that, perhaps. Of those who know, practically none really care. So there's no real down-side.
On the up-side for those companies? Millions of dollars of revenue.

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September 10, 2013

40yrs I've been banging away at this: an individual's personal decisions…

40yrs I've been banging away at this: an individual's personal decisions act like the foundation of global politics. And that leads to exploitation and war because … let's face it … not a lot of us are angels.

In 1978 I decided to concentrate on policy questions: since we're never going to agree even with perfect information and perfect knowledge, how can we at least agree on what's what?
But recently I've found myself more and more often turned towards "Why does it matter?" Not because this is suddenly more important, but because I've found 0 interest in the decades of work I've done on the technical side of things.

This morning I woke up with a phrase going round and round in my brain: "Peace Through Understanding". Idea being that even if we agree on something, there can still be anger and resentment … and that's the stuff of conflict.

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