Category: Politics

  • Access to free courses is a freedom of speech issue

    The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the State of Minnesota is requiring any degree-granting educational institution providing an online course to pay a registration fee: Tricia Grimes, a policy analyst for the state’s Office of Higher Education, said letters had been sent to all postsecondary institutions known to be offering courses in Minnesota. She […]

  • Living sustainably in a digital society: is it even possible?

    I had an interesting conversation about sustainable lifestyles on Twitter this morning. I believe that climate change is a major threat to our planet, and that we’re in danger of reaching a tipping point beyond which there is no return. More generally, because my personal mission statement is to have a positive impact on the […]

  • CISPA: Act now

    The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act just passed in the House, during a vote that was moved up a day and staged during the NFL draft. It vastly expands the already onerous act into one that allows significant domestic surveillance. As TechDirt notes: Basically this means CISPA can no longer be called a cybersecurity […]

  • Web, the people

    If there was any doubt that the Internet is radically changing democracy, check this out: Spain’s new political party, the Partido de Internet, is a policy-agnostic political party that makes its decisions based on the will of a community based on Agora, a virtual parliament platform. PDI is a policy-agnostic political party that does not […]