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Tag Archives: Democracy
“A horse was in sole occupation of a meadow. A stag having come and done much damage to the pasture, the horse, wishing to avenge himself on the stag, asked a man whether he could help him to punish the … Continue reading
February 12, 2017 Comments Off on An ancient fable to explain the 2016 election
Snowden, Manning and Tsarnaev: is the only difference a pressure cooker? (Part 2)
(This is the second part of an essay, the first part, published earlier can be found here.) If liberalism cannot satisfy the disgruntled individual, what will? Manning, Snowden and Tsarnaev attack on America has revealed liberalism’s limits in the social … Continue reading
Posted in censorship, education, Government Tagged Boston Marathon, Democracy, Snowden, Tsarnaev, United States, Wikipedia 4 Comments
The problem of surveillance in a democratic society
What has been a constant theme through the debate is that there is a technological solution (encryption) to what is perceived as a technological problem (surveillance). The problem, at its source, is not technological it is political. Why we … Continue reading
Posted in Government, transparency Tagged Democracy, Edward Snowden, facebook, National Security Agency, State (polity), Surveillance, technology, United States 4 Comments
Why encryption threatens democracy
The basic encryption is like a lock for the front door. It will stop the burglar, which is its main purpose. Super encryption is only needed to stop an advanced burglar not the government. When people talk about advanced encryption … Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized Tagged Democracy, Encryption, Judicial independence, Law, Legal Information, Politics, Rule of law, Security 4 Comments
Open data creates inefficient government and why this is good
The promise that open data will improve government efficiency is misplaced. Every administration claims it will make government effective and efficient. We had Clinton’s Reinventing Government and Bush’s reforms after 11 September. Neither has delivered as it promised. In large … Continue reading
Posted in Government, local government, open data, public sector, transparency Tagged Democracy, government, government efficiency, government inefficiency, Hurricane Katrina, inefficient government, open data, Politics, September, Tim Berners-Lee, United States Comments Off on Open data creates inefficient government and why this is good
What happens when we can longer find the moral arguments to defend democracy?
The following was developed in response to an exchange I had with Paul Bernal on his excellent blog about the UK government’s proposed surveillance powers. In the discussion in previous class on the issue, a student from the former soviet … Continue reading
Posted in education, Government, scholarship, statesmanship Tagged Democracy, good citizens, James Madison, Michael Sandel, Politics, surveillance powers Comments Off on What happens when we can longer find the moral arguments to defend democracy?