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First POST: Parched

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, February 13 2013

The state of our Union is thirsty

When we say "fail fast," is this what we mean?

"Cyber" security

  • President Barack Obama signed his long-promised order on cybersecurity.

  • It's time to stop using the term "cyberspace", which we agree is a term invented to describe something that didn't exist when William Gibson wrote "Neuromancer," and is now used to describe a ubiquitous and well-understood global communications network. So perhaps it's no longer constructive to fantasize about "cyberspace" and "cybersecurity," and instead discuss a more pressing — and sobering — issue: The militarization, and Balkanization, of the global Internet.

  • Here's another view on why it might be time to give up "cyberspace".

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In Mexico, A Wiki Makes Corporate Secrets Public

Earlier this year the Latin American NGO Poder launched Quién Es Quién Wiki (Who's Who Wiki), a corporate transparency project more than two years in the making. The hope is that the platform will be the foundation for a citizen-led movement demanding transparency and accountability from businesses in Mexico. Data from Quién Es Quién Wiki is already helping community activists mobilize against foreign companies preparing to mine the mountains of the Sierra Norte de Puebla.

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