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Monthly Archives October 2008

FORWARD WITH FIBER: An Infrastructure Investment Plan for the New Administration

Essay by Doc Searls In 1803, Thomas Jefferson presided over the country’s first economic stimulus package: the Louisiana Purchase. For a sum of $23 million and change, the U.S. doubled its territory and became a world power. Wouldn’t it be cool to do a deal like that today? We can, through infrastructure investment — not […]

Vote Suppression in a Digital Age

Essay by Tova Andrea Wang A version of this piece was published in the Miami Herald on October 19, 2008. It is based on a recently released report: “Deceptive Practices 2.0 Legal and Policy Responses” written by Common Cause, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights under Law and the Century Foundation.* In the last several […]

Is the lack of web link and search engine accountability the elephant in the room of online reputation?

Essay by Chris Dellarocas. Continue the conversation on online reputation with Judith Donath The majority of debate on online reputation and free speech has focused on questions that relate to content authorship and hosting (see for example, this book and related discussion here, here and here). There has been far less discussion about the responsibilities […]

Is reputation obsolete?

Essay by Judith Donath. Continue the conversation on online reputation with Chris Dellarocas. In the past, most conversations were ephemeral: spoken words quickly slipped into the past, resurrected only if a listener later repeated them from memory. Today, many discussions and transactions live on indefinitely. Online conversations are often permanently archived and events in the […]