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[News] Open Source Methodology Brought to Politics and Justice

  • Subject: [News] Open Source Methodology Brought to Politics and Justice
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2007 06:33:33 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Cyberpunk icon proposes open source political party

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| This week, Sirius proposed the establishment of a new open-source political 
| party that aims to give a voice to disenfranchised voters. 


Open Source Rough Justice

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| In a way, this is a validation of the characterization of the Net as 
| a "global village": Formal, governmental enforcement mechanisms are a 
| substitute for older reputation-based methods that use social pressure and 
| shunning as primary sanctions — methods that had become impractical as social 
| cooperation expanded beyond the village level    



Google to recruit a bevy of Europeans lobbyists

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| Google, the search engine heavyweight, is no longer prepared to
| stay out of the business of fashioning the political environment
| for decisions made in Europe. For lobbying work on its behalf the
| company is at present searching in numerous large European cities
| for politics-savvy lawyers; one such "European Policy Counsel"
| position will be available in Hamburg/Berlin.


Don't mess with Google's astroturf squad

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| Long before it employed bloggers to do the job for it, Microsoft hired
| sympathetic members of the public to make its case in online forums,
| posing as disinterested citizens. Things got much more professional as
| the antitrust trial unfurled. After hiring DCI in the late 1990s,
| Microsoft created two new trade groups, the Association for Competitive
| Technology (ACT), and the Americans for Technology Leadership (ALT),
| and marshaled campaigns such as "Freedom to Innovate" - encouraging
| Windows users the chance to make spontaneous gestures of support for
| Chairman Bill.
| These weren't always too successful. A campaign in 2001 to petition 17
| state's Attorney Generals - who had pooled resources to bring their
| own antitrust action against Microsoft - resulted in supportive letters
| being written by dead people.
| And the astroturf taint continues today.
| Most recently, a spoof video portraying Al Gore as a Penguin was reported
| to have originated from a computer registered to the DCI Group, although
| the lobby group said it did not fund or approve the video.


Google Hires Former DOJ Lawyer to Lobby

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| Under a federal law enacted in 1995, lobbyists are required to 
| disclose activities that could influence members of the
| executive and legislative branches. They must register 
| with Congress within 45 days of being hired or engaging in lobbying.


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