Archive for May 17th, 2012

The nude Stephen Harper. No, really. The NUDE Stephen Harper.

- May 17th, 2012

This is just plain, well, weird …

… Prime Minister Stephen Harper is completely naked.

The oil on canvas painting, entitled Emperor Haute Couture by artist Margaret Sutherland, is raising eyebrows at the Kingston, Ont., library where it is currently on display in a room. Read more…

India’s government moves to take control of the Internet

- May 17th, 2012

The government of India moves to take control of the Internet’s plumbing in that country, a troubling development that could have repercussions not only for that country’s digital development but perhaps also for the Internet in the rest of the world.

India’s proposal could prove controversial for multi-stakeholder communities within the country and across the world, since it entails moving away from the prevailing democratic ‘equal say’ process for internet governance to one in which governments would be front and centre, receiving advice from stakeholders and deciding the way forward.

Read the piece: The Hindu : News / National : India’s proposal for government control of Internet to be discussed in Geneva.

Want to see what unlimited money in politics gets you? Bring on the race-based attacks

- May 17th, 2012

This is the first election cycle in the United States since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that anyone could spend as much as they like — with little or no disclosure — attacking or supporting candidates or political parties in an election. Thus was born the SuperPAC (PAC standing for Political Action Committee) where billionaires can fund ad campaigns saying whatever they want and the candidates they are supporting are, by law, not allowed to tell them a thing.

And while campaigns controlled by the candidates themselves can certainly be vicious and aggressive in going after their opponents, SuperPACs, as we saw in the Republican primary can take it to a whole new level. Read more…