When is speech truly free?

This was originally written about two weeks ago – right after Mr Eich’s resignation was announced – but due to travel and lack of internet at home at the moment, posting has been a bit delayed. Over the last few weeks, I have watched with something akin to horror as a man – whom by …

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Reflections on the Swartz case

A little over a week ago, the activist Aaron Swartz committed suicide. At that time, I wrote about my own initial reaction and the internet has been filled with others doing the same. Collectively, we have been shocked and dismayed by Aaron’s death and there have been increasing calls to “do something”. After a bit …

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Yesterday, we lost an inspiration

Thanks to an Ars Technica article, I just learned that Aaron Swartz has committed suicide. I’m writing this within moments of finding out. For those who hadn’t followed his career, he was one of the major drivers behind last years protests against SOPA, and was an activist for open access to academic publications. Most recently, …

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“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”

Despite the title, the LA Times article below is well worth a read. It touches upon one of the issues that has arisen after the Prop 8 loss in California*: the silencing of the opposition. Personally, I feel that Prop 8 was an immense miscarriage of justice. However, it is very important to remember that …

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Article: Pa. court upholds gay-rally ruling

Pa. court upholds gay-rally ruling Published: Jul 25, 2008 By MICHAEL YODER, Intelligencer Journal While obviously I’d rather it wasn’t this particular law that was used to set the precedent*, overall this is a positive outcome for anyone who has any interest in limited, understandable government. Essentially, the legislature used a completely unrelated bill to …

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Assorted News Articles

Rather than make a separate post for each of these, I’m stringing together a couple of interesting news articles and making one big post out of them. Judge OKs adult trial for teen suspect Attorney sought juvenile court for fatal shooting case By Raul Hernandez, Ventura County Start Friday, July 25, 2008 The judge responsible …

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Goverment enforcement of copyright

One of the strengths/weakness (depending on whom you ask) of copyright law has long been that the government had no real roll in enforcing it. If someone was misusing your copyright, it’s your job to find them, sue them, and prove your case. The only real help the government provides is the court room. However, …

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Elegant technology makes things simple

A great example is the Capital Words project. Every wonder what our politicians are actually talking about in Washington but don’t have the time to read the full transcript? This site will tell you in a single word. I really like how they’ve used technology to simply something really complex (congressional transcripts) down to something …

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