Kyle Thetford riffing on a topic that James Davison Hunter wrote about several years ago: As mass social demonstrations, and the military, have toppled Mohammed Morsi in Egypt and called for new elections, it’s worth remembering why transitions to...
David Cameron will support US plans to impose a no-fly zone over parts of Syria, as he attempts to convince world leaders to act against the “dictatorial and brutal leader” President Bashar al-Assad during the G8 summit in Northern Ireland this week.
Police intervention comes shortly after prime minister asked protesters to vacate Gezi Park by Sunday or face eviction......
Earlier on Saturday, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), called on the government to respect the decision taken by the sit-in protesters at Gezi Park to continue their action.
"The youths have taken the decision to go on with their sit-in protest. They have been discussing [to continue or not] for a while. We have to respect their decision as it is supposed to be in democracies," Kilicdaroglu, who met foreign media members at a hotel in Istanbul, said, stressing that in his opinion the sit-in action is legal.
By MsExpat, a journalist and essayist who lives in New York and Hong Kong and Fellow of The Mighty Corrente Building. Originally published at Corrente. I live in Hong Kong. And when the news broke that Snowden had ...
"Where exactly would Johnson’s “liquid democracy” lead us? In a footnote, he notes that “the German Pirate Party has implemented ‘liquid democracy’ techniques with some success in recent years.” “Some success” is a gross overstatement, as their unlikely success in Germany appears to have been rather short-lived. Yet in many ways, the Pirates have self-consciously adopted all the imagery and rhetoric of the Internet; they are the living embodiment of Internet-centrism. Obsessed with process—decentralized and horizontal, of course—they offer little by way of goals and policy positions. Worse, they think that such vacuousness is actually an asset; as the party’s spokesperson declared in 2011, “What we’re offering is not a program, but an operating system.”
As the Internet and digital technologies have proliferated over the past twenty years, incumbent enterprises nearly always resist open network dynamics with fierce determination, a narrow ingenuity and resistance. It arguably started with AOL (vs. the Web and browsers), Lotus Notes (vs. the Web and browsers) and Microsoft MSN (vs. the Web and browsers, Amazon in books and eventually everything) before moving on to the newspaper industry (Craigslist, blogs, news aggregators, podcasts), the music industry (MP3s, streaming, digital sales, video through streaming and YouTube), and telecommunications (VoIP, WiFi). But the inevitable rearguard actions to defend old forms are invariably overwhelmed by the new, network-based ones. The old business models, organizational structures, professional sinecures, cultural norms, etc., ultimately yield to open platforms.
A transparency revolution has begun. The G8 has made an important contribution, with action on transparency in the oil, gas and mining sectors, on open data, on aid transparency and a significant step forward on tax transparency.
India Today How economic liberalisation dismantled crony capitalism called licence permit raj India Today This triangulated operation is the bedrock of modern day crony capitalism; you scratch my back, I will scratch yours and all done on a first...
E-governance in Pakistan DAWN.com THE new government says it will have e-governance very soon. I tried to find the email address of Minister for Water and Power Khwaja Asif but there was no email address on the government of Pakistan website.
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