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Archive for January, 2018

Beef and a Chief

Saturday, January 27th, 2018

“Whenever Trump wanted, he would command “Beef and a chief!” in his bathrobe, and his staff would have to get him a little bit of meat.”

Botnik AI rewrite of Fire and Fury [botnik.org]

Personal Data Law

Friday, January 19th, 2018

The Economist cover story this week is on Taming the Titans, by which they mean the new titans of Google, Facebook and Amazon. They talk about how these players could be regulated to avoid the abuse of monopolies and they make a nice comparison between how we deal with Intellectual Property and how we could deal with Personal Data:

Just as America drew up sophisticated rules about intellectual property in the 19th century, so it needs a new set of laws to govern the ownership and exchange of data, with the aim of giving solid rights to individuals.

The Economist, How to Tame the Tech Titans [economist.com]

We have personal data laws in many places but the comparison to IP is a good one (despite the myriad problems with out-of-date IP law…)