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Surrender … to Technology

In the light of the current scandals and deceitful claims about “information”, – are Postman’s questions still relevant?

What is the problem to which this technology is the solutions?

Whose problem is it?

… ?

Neil Postman

NSA Spying FAQ

Open Data, -Source, -News.


The Data Journalism Handbook is a rich source of ideas and tools for the transformation of raw-data into something useful if not beautiful. ~ Social Networks as in “Rich birds of a feather flock together” (Verdens Gang) are however somewhat scarce.

Open Knowledge Foundation
EU’s hidden billions
Do No Harm

The wiretappers ball
WikiLeaks war logs
The illegal weapon trade. (pdf)
Reading the Riots 

The Tell-All Telephone
Tax rates across the world
BudgIT Nigeria
The Network of Global Corporate Control
Social Network Analysis in R (vimeo)
DIY Stasi
Open Data .is (it’s a start)

Bonfire of the Vanities

Not only did we successfully privatize the banks but vital functions of state. It is of great comfort to us to know that our information systems are safely in the hands of private corporations (now rescued) which in turn are serviced by international giants.


Everyone can recite the mantra “private is better than communism” and inter departmental jealousy did not harm either.

New “Viking” owners, with their new products for the old  vessel, – couldn’t fail, –  the customary and massive taxpayer involvement is unfortunate but of course the  “little people” should not bother their harts. The adage “The Best Way to Rob a Bank…” is only applicable to banks of course.

Buying “consultancy” from “interns” for a decision already made is as old as dirt. Nevertheless, I’m sure they scrupulously vetted: licensing costs, vendor strategy, vendor/product viability, solution manageability, skills availability, third-party support, performance & scalability – undeterred by the Clash of the Titans.

Flagging standardization and international professional standing are platitudes of the propaganda type which at best are totally meaningless.

However locking an entire state in a proprietary software prison is every corporations wet dream.

Will we fire the international corporations (who rule the day) or the unlucky National Audit Officer who happened to inherit a draft report stating some of the facts?

Having just got rid of an “overeager” Director General of the Financial Supervisory Authority my bet is as good as yours.

Groucho Marx was right when he said “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it, misdiagnosing it, and then misapplying the wrong remedies.”

However, the warm fuzzy feeling of buying iPhone 5 (on micro loan) gets us through the day, – right?

The Draft Report (is)
Regulatory capture
Public–private partnership
Power Economics, and Deep Capture

23 Things They Don’t Tell You about Capitalism
Control fraud “reactive” or “opportunistic”
Similar IT disasters…(uk)

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