By Harilla Goga – It is well known that the free individual with his thoughts and his actions, certainly in the frame of the legal system being in his service, is in the center of the democratic system. But, this individual, in fact, looks like “a consumer” of the democratic system goods. As such, he can keep his position as receiver, rejecter or protester depending on the “quality and quantity” of these goods.
Furthermore, this attitude is manifested towards elites/political establishment of the country concerned, but he generally cares a little or not at all about theories/ideas that politics are based on.
In economic terms, this lack of new ideas and theories is the “consumer’s” most sensitive subject, for example: The current economic and financial system is set based on very old theories which stress the maximum profit for business through tight competition and bankruptcy; The trade and free movement of capital system, that have unified markets and removed barriers, bringing benefits, common developments and new technologies throughout the world, but causing economic and social damages and environmental challenges in all regions of the world. States, governments and International organizations are addressing these challenges, but their programs and politics (leftists and rightists, or independents/new movements), are still fed by theories and ideas over than 100 or 200 years earlier. more>
Posted in Banking, Business, Economic development, Economy, Education, History, Leadership, Media, Net
Tagged Banking reform, Capital, Government, Internet, Leadership, Super regions
By Cary Funk, Jeffrey Gottfried and Amy Mitchell – At a time when scientific information is increasingly at the center of public divides, most Americans say they get science news no more than a couple of times per month, and when they do, most say it is by happenstance rather than intentionally, according to a new study by Pew Research Center.
Overall, about a third, 36%, of Americans get science news at least a few times a week, three-in-ten actively seek it out, and a smaller portion, 17%, do both.
And while Americans are most likely to get their science news from general news outlets and say the news media overall do a good job covering science, they consider a handful of specialty sources – documentaries, science magazines, and science and technology museums – as more likely to get the science facts right. more>
Posted in Broadband, Business, Economy, Education, Media, Net, Science, Technology
Tagged Broadband, Business, Internet, STEM, Technology
By Tom Wheeler – Fighting against monopolization in the internet era…meet ideologically-driven “do what the big guys want.”
A fair and open internet is the backbone of the digital economy. The FCC has sold out to the wishes of the companies it is supposed to regulate over the consumers it is supposed to protect.
For more than a decade, previous Republican and Democratic FCCs have tried to bring fairness and balance to the delivery of the internet to consumers. Every one of those efforts has been opposed by the corporations that consumers rely on to deliver the internet. Now the Trump FCC has simply cut to the chase, there is no need for the big companies to sue—they’ll just be given everything they want.
The assertion that the FCC proposal is somehow pro-consumer is a sham that doesn’t pass the straight-face test. It is impossible to find anything pro-consumer in the expert telecommunications agency walking away from its responsibilities in favor of an agency with no telecommunications expertise or authority. more>
- F.C.C. Plans Net Neutrality Repeal in a Victory for Telecoms, Cecilia Kang, nytimes.com
- FCC Plans to Gut Net Neutrality, Allow Internet ‘Fast Lanes’, Klint Finley, wired.com
- FCC plan would give Internet providers power to choose the sites customers see and use, Brian Fung, washingtonpost.com
- <strong>FCC chief plans to ditch U.S. ‘net neutrality’ rules, David Shepardson, reuters.com
- Trump’s FCC has revealed plans to wipe out net neutrality, Tony Romm, recode.net
- A More Fragmented, Costly Internet Within New FCC Proposal, Critics Say, Andrew Soergel, usnews.com
- A More Fragmented, Costly Internet Within New FCC Proposal, Critics Say, Andrew Soergel, usnews.com
- Network neutrality, explained, Timothy B. Lee, vox.com
Posted in Broadband, Business, Communication industry, CONGRESS WATCH, Economic development, Economy, Education, FCC, History, Leadership, Media, Net, net neutrality, telecom
Tagged Broadband, Congress Watch, FCC, Internet, Net Neutrality, United States
By Tom Wheeler – We carry in our pockets and purses the greatest democratizing tool ever developed. Never before has civilization possessed such an instrument of free expression.
Yet, that unparalleled technology has also become a tool to undermine truth and trust.
The glue that holds institutions and governments together has been thinned and weakened by the unrestrained capabilities of technology exploited for commercial gain. The result has been to de-democratize the internet.
We exist in a time when technological capabilities and economic incentives have combined to attack truth and weaken trust. It is not an act of pre-planned perdition. Unchecked, however, it will have the same effect.
For a century-and-a-half, the economic model for media companies was to assemble information in order to attract eyeballs for advertising. To maximize that reach, traditional outlets curated that information for veracity and balance.
In stark contrast, the curation of social media platforms is not for veracity, but for advertising velocity. more>
Posted in Book review, Broadband, Business, CONGRESS WATCH, Economy, Education, History, Leadership, Net, Technology
Tagged Broadband, Business, First Amendment, Government, Internet, Leadership, United States
By Vanessa Williamson – First lesson: the top-heavy tax cuts on the policy agenda today are not the natural outcome of a widely held antipathy to taxation, or an admiration for wealthy people that is sometimes ascribed to the American public. Americans are more willing to pay taxes and are more concerned about economic inequality, than you might think.
Martin’s key insight is explaining how wealthy people managed to build broader constituencies for their tax cuts: by channeling frustration about other aspects of the tax code into support for policies that mostly cut rates at the very top.
So, what’s the takeaway? We can’t explain the tax reform on the table in Washington by looking at the preferences of most Americans. Instead, the impetus for top-heavy tax cuts comes from organized interests working strategically to disguise the regressive effects of the policies they have proposed, or by connecting their big-business-friendly policies with cultural and ethnic resentments that continue to motivate large swathes of the voting public. more>
Posted in Book review, CONGRESS WATCH, Economy, Education, History, Leadership, Media, Regulations
Tagged Congress Watch, Economic inequality, Government, Leadership, Regulations, United States
The Vanishing American Corporation: Navigating the Hazards of a New Economy, Author: Gerald F. Davis.
By Rick Paulas – On the last day of the year of 1600, the East India Company was created. It was the precursor to the modern corporation, an organizational idea that’s lasted more than 400 years. But will the corporation continue to be dominant forever?
To Gerald F. Davis, signs of the corporation’s futility began in the 1980s and ’90s, as the rise of financialization—in which financial services account for a higher share of national income than other sectors—transformed the American economy.
The transformation came through a dismantling of New Deal-era protections, including decades of court decisions that chipped away at the Glass-Steagall Act, the 1933 legislation separating investment and commercial banking. As Suzanne Burger, a political science professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, put it in a 2014 piece: “[S]ince the 1980s, financial market pressures have transformed U.S. corporate structure itself.” Instead of manufacturing or services, Wall Street became the economy’s driving force.
Davis says the future of the economy can go in two directions, depending on how quickly and powerfully masses organize. The first is the nightmare scenario: A few chief executive officers from a handful of companies (Davis suggests technology giants Google, Facebook, and Amazon as the likely trio) wielding unchecked power.
“If Mark Zuckerberg wanted to sell Facebook to Vladimir Putin for one trillion dollars, he has the power to do so,” Davis says. “It’s a concentration of control we haven’t seen in American history before.” more>
Posted in Book review, Broadband, Business, CONGRESS WATCH, Economy, Education, History, Leadership, Media, Net, Technology
Tagged Broadband, Capital, Congress Watch, Financial crisis, Financialization, Government, Internet, Leadership, United States
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