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First POST: Digital Strife

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, February 21 2013

Who hacked who?

Around the web

  • "Big companies" in the electronic medical records industry are the "real winners" of a provision of the economic stimulus bill that promoted use of their technologies, The New York Times reports.

  • Meanwhile, the lead item in the mainstream political press today is a Time article that posits the Affordable Care Act changed how we pay for health care but did little to drive down the cost of care for patients — which, Steven Brill writes, is irrationally high.

  • Larry Lessig, now Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, delivered a talk on Thursday called "Aaron's Laws: Law and Justice in a Digital Age."

  • Patch.com, AOL's hyperlocal journalism enterprise, continues to cut staff.

  • Joseph Marks writes at NextGov about the White House's "We the People" online petition site: "Now, just over 30 days after the Obama administration raised the bar to receive an official White House petition response to 100,000 signatures in one month, all three petitions to cross the raised threshold focus on non-American conflicts."

  • Sina Khanifar and Derek Khanna have a petition to make it legal, once again, to unlock your mobile phone without your carrier's consent.

  • Khanifar and Khanna emailed us this morning:

    Our White House petition to reverse this decision has now accumulated over 100,000 signatures -- this is the threshold at which the WH will respond. At this rate, with still three days to gather signatures, this petition will have the second highest amount of signatures of any petition on the WH website.

    Sina Khanifar, who created the petition and I have teamed up on this effort. My back story is that I was the House Republican staffer who wrote the controversial memo on copyright reform in the fall – and I no longer work there as a result ... Sina is the creator of the petition (and is a founder of OpenSignal) and he was personally affected by these laws when his company had to stop selling unlocking tools to customers to avoid further legal liability.