Is there a Fully Operational Internet Kill Switch and has it been Armed ?

May 10th, 2012 § 1 comment § permalink

This is serious issue. Not sure if people outside US are even aware of it.

Is there a Fully Operational Internet Kill Switch and has it been Armed ?

The Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010 (S. 3480) is a bill introduced in the United States Senate by Joe Lieberman (Independent Democrat, Connecticut), Susan Collins (Republican Party, Maine), and Tom Carper (Democratic Party, Delaware) on June 10, 2010.

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it’s the old security measure vs. power abuse debate, but this time it’s extreme and about the internet. I am always amazed how something so new and artificial as the internet feels like a proper human right. let’s hope it actually achieves that status before we break it.

People Aren’t Smart Enough for Democracy to Flourish, Scientists Say – Yahoo! News

March 2nd, 2012 § 1 comment § permalink

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now this is just stupid:

As a result, no amount of information or facts about political candidates can override the inherent inability of many voters to accurately evaluate them. On top of that, “very smart ideas are going to be hard for people to adopt, because most people don’t have the sophistication to recognize how good an idea is,”

my favorite primary school teacher once told us: “if you really understand the subject, you are able to explain it to anyone and at their level.” it has proven to me to be true over and over again in my life.

so all this ‘study’ might be saying, is that our beloved politicians are not smart enough to explain their ‘good ideas’. which is exactly why we need to replace them with a more directly democratic, hopefully crowd-sourced system.

if you simply assume that the current election systems are perfectly ‘democratic’, and you don’t like the result, that doesn’t mean that the voters are stupid, but that the system promotes other ‘qualities’ that good ideas.


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