In the absence of rules and sheriffs, bandits will multiply. The end game of the heavily mediated engine driving American political strife boils down to these questions: What is the appropriate size […]
Nota Bene #113: Seth's Near-Death
“Ordinary life is pretty complex stuff.” Who said it?
Nota Bene #110: WEHT SWK?
“In times like the present, men should utter nothing for which they would not willingly be responsible through time and eternity.” Who said it?
Nota Bene #100: Il Planetario di Figaro
Wow, 100 issues of Nota Bene! Props to Russ for helping me for a while with this nifty little S&R feature. Never mind all that now, let’s get on with this issue. […]
E-voting battles, Part 2: Report author responds to my criticism
By Martin Bosworth In response to my criticism of a policy paper decrying paper audit trails for electronic voting, report author Daniel Castro claimed that I wasn’t addressing all the tenets of […]
Staking out the (astro)turf in battles over electronic voting
By Martin Bosworth Earlier this month, the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a self-proclaimed “nonpartisan think tank,” released a policy statement opposing the usage of paper audit trails for electronic voting […]
Obama strikes sour note on consumer protection issues
By Martin Bosworth I’ve been trying to embrace the idea of a Barack Obama presidency. The guy strikes a lot of the right notes–eloquent, charismatic, smart, persuasive, idealistic–and has a lot of […]
The unintended consequences of Bush’s war on porn
By Martin Bosworth Last month I wrote about the Justice Department’s new mandate that porno companies need to keep dossiers on everyone who performs for them. One thing I hadn’t realized is […]
Unfriendly cellphone contracts shine light on dangers of arbitration
By Martin Bosworth This week’s Business Week has a look at how the wireless industry is being challenged over its notoriously unfriendly contracts, which demand consumers give up their rights to resolution […]
ACLU: Reid and Pelosi “rolled over” on FISA; “The Constitution is too important for that”
By Martin Bosworth This afternoon I participated in a conference call with members of the American Civil Liberties Union and several prominent bloggers, discussing the ACLU’s strategy for pushing the Democrats to […]