Category Archives: law and policy

Ethical Foreign Policy. Possible?

Ethical foreign policy?


Ecocide::Will UN Treat Seriously?

Ecocide — an international crime to destroy or contaminate the environment that humans live in. reports that supporters of a new ecocide law  believe it could be used to prosecute “climate deniers” who distort science and facts to mislead the uninformed and to discourage voters and politicians from tackling climate change and environmental degredation.

British innovator and lawyer Polly Higgins presents a declaration of planetary rights, and a proposal that declares mass destruction of ecosystems a crime on a par with genocide.  Well, actually, destroying where humans live is the essential genocide, not “on a par with”.

Consider ::  Will it matterwhether it is a crime to eliminate any categories of humans  (genocide) if there is no habitable place for any humans?

Cyber Ambassador

Yesterday, Senator John Kerry announced plans to introduce a bill  to create an ambassador to coordinate U.S foreign policy on cyber issues. This measure could bring official leadership to the issues of cyberspace and eDiplomacy.

Government Computer News reported that the legislation would open diplomatic relations in cyberspace.

Who could do this job?  Career Ambassadors with a grasp of cyber issues are in short supply.  Will Seattle or Silicon Vale push for one of their own?  Who would you like to see steering the U.S. government’s cybersecurity portfolio in the global arena?

World Leaders Use Social Media

Real Leader’s Tweet  — Digital Daya  presents data that 15 percent of the world’s 163 countries are represented by political leaders or governments on Twitter.

Huffington Post presents a list of 15 world leaders who tweet —  old news from mid-March 2010.  Probably more now. 

No10 Muzzeled: 10 DowningStreet twitter updates will be restricted during the run up to the UK election.

Estonia knows about the value of online communication.  The cyberwar of April 2007 disrupted government, media and banking during days of distributed denial of service attacks. Estonia is preparing for the next cyber meltdown.

Chile’s President and Cabinet use Twitter and blogs  for direct interaction with citizens.  Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India may have a blog somewhere, but I didn’t find it.  Meanwhile, here is a November 23, 2009  interview with Prime Minister Singh presented by the Council on Foreign Relations and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.  

And here’s one Head of State who isn’t happy about tweets and blogs about his family life.

Not Gadget :: Not Ap :: Not Widget

There’s nobody like Virtual Reality  pioneer Jaron Lanier.  Some in IT policy and law don’t appreciate his thinking which should be a recommendation.  The human brain is not a commodity.  Let’s train brains to expanded consciousness, whimsey, creative connection and sustained focus.  Twittering among gagetry and proving opposable manual capacity does not signify a brighter synchrotron or snappier cerebral snapse.  

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eDiscovery :: Trial Lawyers and E-information

Discovery is a term of art in law. And eDiscovery  refers to information in digital format.  Entities that create, acquire and store digital information have to be sensitive to the legal requirements of preserving intangible documents.  Here’s a link to a quick video summarizing the challenges.

Electronic Discovery Law requires its practitioners review the issues and examine problems.  A report by the American College of Trial Lawyers Task Force on Discovery and the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System looks at the implications of revising discovery rules and procedures.