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Jan Philipp Albrecht, German In European Parliament, Calls For Tighter Data Rules After Facebook Row

Jan Philipp Albrecht, German In European Parliament, Calls For Tighter Data Rules After Facebook Row

Commented Oct 1, 2012 at 21:34:39 in Technology

“The problem is not Facebook or privacy laws. The problem is an Internet that is broken or more precisely, a web paradigm that has reached its limits. The Web is a powerful presentation layer, but Facebook, LinkedIn and other social networking sites show that the Web paradigm of silos and destinations makes it unnecessarily difficult to interact with other people on the Internet.

Imagine the power of social networking if users didn't need to worry about proprietary interfaces to interact with each other. What if there was an approach that made privacy a core part of the Internet’s architecture? What if there was an approach that moved beyond the whole browser paradigm and the limitations of HTML and web pages? What if there was a new language for the Internet, built around people and not web pages?

CLOUD is building that language. CLOUD is the Consortium for Local Ownership and Use of Data. CLOUD is a non-profit technology standard consortia that believes that a new era of ME 1.0 is at hand, an era that looks beyond Web 2.0, while simultaneously looking to the founding principles of the Internet as the solution to many of today’s most vexing issues of privacy, security and data.

The story of CLOUD was told at TEDxAustin on 2.19.11 by its co-founder, Gary Thompson. The TEDx talk, "Reweaving the Fabric of the Internet to Transform Humanity" can be found here: http://youtu.be/afMjZgvtsp8
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Crowdfunding May Revolutionize Health Startup Funding

Commented Jul 13, 2012 at 13:10:49 in Small Business

“Initiatives like Kickstarter and MedStartr are tremendous tools and do indeed show one possible path forward with crowd funding. In the non-profit world, a similar move to crowd-funding started to unfold in 2007-2008 with tools like ActBlue in the political space crowdsourcing political fundraising or Network for Good in the charity space. At the time, I was a member of a company called Kimbia, Inc. as their founding VP of Sales and Marketing.

Kimbia believed then, as it believes now, that the power of the crowd can be combined with the power of Web 2.0 to move fundraising out into the crowd, rather than bringing the crowd to specific websites. From WGBH-Boston to the American Heart Association, and now CLOUD, the ability to give in context and give anywhere is a powerful one.

CLOUDCircles are user-driven communities to fund CLOUD's work on the future of the Internet. CLOUDCircles, like donations to Wikipedia or other causes, is designed to be a "people’s IPO," the ability for individuals to contribute to a cause, in this case the future of their Internet. From #privacy to #cancer to #healthit to #Northwestern, CLOUDCircles cover the gamut from health to people to talent to stds with more choices to come.

The vision of CLOUD to "Reweave the Fabric of the Internet to Transform Humanity," (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afMjZgvtsp8&feature=plcp) was first shared at TEDxAustin on 2.19.11 by Gary Thompson, CLOUD's Co-Founder and CEO.”
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Health Care: Let the Majority Be Heard

Commented Aug 19, 2009 at 19:33:09 in Politics

“These aren't buckets... they are simply facts... understanding facts allows reasoned and reasonable decisions to be made. I do hope we haven't reached the point where we mock people for pointing out reality... :-) I don't see any superiority here, just some good research.”

mariah793 on Aug 19, 2009 at 20:02:08

“I know of absolutely no research to back this up. i have seen many, many people without insurance and it is because they can't afford it. They have lost their jobs and already sold those TVs at yard sales and those cars have been repossed. Lots of families give up everything before they give up on insurance that supposedly covers the treatments that are keeping many alive.”
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Health Care: Let the Majority Be Heard

Commented Aug 19, 2009 at 19:24:54 in Politics

“The democrats have 60 votes in the Senate. I don't understand the problem. There is a democratic super-majority. When either party is in the minority, they love the super majority rules and then when they are in the majority, they complain about it.

BTW, the "overwhelming" majority is 54% against the current contours of the proposed health care plan.”

mamacat on Aug 19, 2009 at 19:39:15

“There are 58 Democratic Senators, and two Independents who are socially liberal. With the GOP against compromise and voting en-masse against any changes whatsoever, it takes the Dems and Indies voting en-masse to get anything passed.

The overwhelming majority of Americans want a public option in our health care system, if one chooses to believe the polls.”
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Health Care: Let the Majority Be Heard

Commented Aug 19, 2009 at 19:14:19 in Politics

“He didn't have a fully articulated plan then, nor does he have a fully articulated plan now. In case you missed it, to avoid the Clinton debacle of 1993/94, he outsourced the writing of this plan to the Congress, and as evidenced repeatedly, he doesn't even know what is in it.

As for the 54% number, see the following MSNBC article: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32464936/ns/politics-white_house/. I wanted to be fair, so this is not a FoxNews poll but an MSNBC report. Pretty straightforward fact.

So, how in the world can this be his plan? And, also, in case you missed it, all of the committees in the House aren't finished, so the plan isn't finished. And, of course, there is the pesky fact that Sen. Baucus is still negotiating and working on a plan.

Even assuming that all of this comes together in something that the Democrats are fighting over amongst themselves, there is still the chance that another 300 pages could be dropped in as an amendment in the wee hours of the night, without any of the promised transparency.

This isn't about Bush vs. Obama anymore. It's about Obama versus Obama. And, he isn't even keeping his own promises...”

Gingersp on Aug 19, 2009 at 21:26:02

“He has made very few changes from his campaign. His plan is very close to what THE VOTERS voted him in for.
THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN. My poll is the one taken on November 4, 2008”
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Health Care: Let the Majority Be Heard

Commented Aug 19, 2009 at 17:19:07 in Politics

“Rabid... small tong... small minority... wow, considering that the Democrats have a complete monopoly on power in the Senate, House and White House, you'd think this health care thing would be done already. Gang, the Republicans CAN'T stop you. You are in complete control. Stop the whining; you're in charge.

The post-partisan, post-racial President is neither and has ignored Rs since day one. So, just damn the torpedos and full steam ahead... ah, but wait, there are those pesky fellow Democrats that are actually listening to their constituents! 54% against the health care plan is obstructionist but 53% voting for the Big O in November was the dawning of a new age... I'm so confused. Which is it?”

Gingersp on Aug 19, 2009 at 18:05:22

“I don't know which poll you are talking about that shows 54% against the health care plan. The way I see it, the 53% who voted for Obama in November voted FOR his health care plan. That's a poll that I can believe in. May have not been a landslide, but it is well over half that voted for him KNOWING what his plan was. The people have spoken
By the way, GW Bush never got that kind of majority.”