Archive | April, 2012

Article 3: For Opinion, Explanation and Exploration

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Article 3: For Opinion, Explanation and Exploration
Everyone has an opinion on politics, society and what’s going on.  So do we. Our goal is to ask the right questions and join in debate without shouting (at least not all the time), recognizing that there are already plenty of places to engage in loud arguments in a polarized world. Thinking about why things are…
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Patents, originally designed for objects like bikes, lightbulbs and furniture, are ill-adjusted to software innovation

Is The Technology Patent War Spiraling Out of Control?

Based on recent events in the tech world, there’s no doubt that patents are increasingly posing complicated problems for some of Silicon Valley’s biggest players. Oracle and Google are battling it out in court over Android phone patents while Facebook just bought 650 AOL patents  from Microsoft (right after Microsoft bought them from AOL) for…
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What Role Should States Play in Immigration Policy?

Since Arizona signed its immigration bill into law two years ago, five states have followed suit, the Obama Administration has lead a forceful challenge, and after bit-part suspensions by lower courts, the question of a state-by-state role in immigration heads to the Supreme Court this Wednesday. Unlike recent cases (e.g. health care) when the Supreme…
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Some members of the military can (sort of) already vote online from abroad -- when will this extend to the rest of the population?

Episode 63: When Will We Be Voting Online?

Thanks for waiting so patiently for our next installment. Charley and I are back in the city by the bay after a productive week in London, England. On this week’s show, we bring you everything you need to know about Internet Voting — the pros, the cons, and how extensively it is already being adopted…
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The ability to vote online, at any time, from anywhere, should be a question of when, not if.

Can Online Voting Become the Norm, Democratizing the Election Process?

Millions of personal, business and consumer transactions take place each day on the Internet. From banking and commerce to personal communication, we’re conducting more and more areas of our lives online. But, a transaction we don’t yet make could become one of the most valuable innovations for our democracy — the assertion of trust, in…
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