Monthly Archives: February 2004

Making Room for the Third World in the Second Superpower

I got ludicriously useful feedback from blog readers regarding the two posts I made in preparation for the talk Joi and I gave at O’Reilly ETCon. I just spent a couple of days revising the post I made on Feb … Continue reading

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Planting weeds to eliminate mines

Christian Science Monitor is reporting development of a weed that helps detect land mines. A Danish company, Aresa Biodetection, has developed a strain of Thales Cress, a fast growing ground weed, that turns red in the presence of nitrogen dioxide, … Continue reading

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Outsourcing and “Benedict Arnold”

Jim Moore writes yesterday about outsourcing in the IT industry, an issue that seems likely to be a major part of the debate over economic policy leading up to the US presidential elections. John Kerry is reported in the New … Continue reading

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Reactions to the Digital Democracy presentation

Joi and I gave our workshop at the Digital Democracy Teach-In at the O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference in San Diego yesterday. Daniel Steinberg, writing for O’Reilly, has a good overview of the day – Doc Searls links to a dozen … Continue reading

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A more positive emergent democracy post

My last post on Emergent Democracy posited a lot of questions and very few answers. It got some terrific feedback, for which I’m very grateful. But I’m concerned that a session that just offers critique will be received badly. I’d … Continue reading

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Ghana – best performing stock exchange, 2003

Databank, run by the very brilliant Ken Ofori-Atta, is reporting that Ghana’s stock exchange had the best returns of any equity market, worldwide, in 2003. Ghana’s stock market returned 144%, in US dollar terms, for 2003, followed closely by Uganda … Continue reading

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Media attention and Sudan

IRIN, an amazing UN project designed to provide information from conflict areas, has a brilliant set of quotes on media attention in a story today on the refugee crisis on the Sudan/Chad border. For those of you not keeping up … Continue reading

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Gapminder

Paolo was kind enough to point me to Gapminder, a brilliant set of tools that help make intuitive sense of complex data, especially international development data. The folks behind the project are a group of Swedish geeks and academics who’ve … Continue reading

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Thoughts before the Digital Democracy Workshop

Joi Ito and I are leading a discussion at the upcoming O’Reilly Digital Democracy Teach-In (San Diego, February 9th). In preparation, I’m trying to get my head around two essays, Jim Moore’s “The Second Superpower Rears It’s Beautiful Head” and … Continue reading

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