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Finland’s new government commits to Basic Income experiment

June 16th, 2015 at 12:34 pm » Comments Off

The new government in Finland has committed to a Basic Income experiment as part of its program for government which was published in May. The commitment consists of one line: ‘Implement a Basic Income experiment’, in the ‘Health and Welfare’ section of the program.  



What if we didn’t all have to work to get paid?

May 29th, 2015 at 4:31 pm » Comments Off

Scott Santens has been reflecting on the aphorism, “If you give a man a fish, he eats for a day. If you teach a man to fish, he eats for life.”  But what Santens really wants to know is, “If you build a robot to fish, do all men starve, or do all men eat?”  



Fossil fuels subsidies cost the world $10 million a minute

May 26th, 2015 at 6:35 pm » Comments Off

According to new estimates from the International Monetary Fund, which puts the cost of subsidizing fossil fuels at an enormous $5.3 trillion a year, or around $10 million a minute every day, global energy subsidies are quite a lot larger than most of us thought.  



Greenwald: iPhone encryption ‘petrified’ NSA

March 24th, 2015 at 2:25 pm » Comments Off

Glenn Greenwald, the writer who first reported on Edward Snowden’s stolen files, says that stronger encryption in Apple’s iPhones and on websites like Facebook has “petrified” the U.S. government because it has made it harder to spy on communications.  



Data mining shows global link between wealth and corruption

February 20th, 2015 at 3:03 pm » Comments Off

A question that social scientists and economists have long puzzled over, how corruption arises in different cultures and why it is more prevalent in some countries than others.  But finding correlations between corruption and other measures of economic or social activity has always been difficult.



Will the sharing economy disrupt the banking industry?

February 7th, 2015 at 4:23 pm » Comments Off

In the same way that it has torn apart newspapers, radio and the postal service, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney worries that technology will disrupt the banking and financial services industry.  His biggest concern is governments will fail regulate it until it’s too late - ”an Uber-type situation,” as he said at the World Economic Forum in […]



Mass surveillance threatens human rights, says European report

February 3rd, 2015 at 8:14 pm » Comments Off

Surveillance cameras The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly reports that mass surveillance practices are a fundamental threat to human rights, as thoroughly detailed in many reports following the extensive Edward Snowden leaks.    



Justice Department making it harder for cops to seize your assets

January 17th, 2015 at 4:45 pm » Comments Off

The U.S. Justice Department announced today that state and local police will no longer be able to use a federal law that allowed the seizure of assets of people for only believing a crime was committed.  



Should coding schools have free enrollment under Obama’s new free community college initiative?

January 15th, 2015 at 4:59 pm » Comments Off

If the fundamental premise of President Obama’s new initiative to make community college free is to open up career and life opportunities for the nation’s young — especially those from underprivileged backgrounds — then the federal government should also be thinking of ways to cover the tuition costs of individuals attending coding boot camps. Instead […]



The Branding of Marijuana in the Marketplace

January 10th, 2015 at 1:31 pm » Comments Off

The market for marijuana is changing, at least in the states where the drug has been legalized. In Colorado and Washington, where recreational marijuana is legal for adults, cannabis sellers are finding new approaches to the way they sell their products. The new business plan, for many, includes advertising and marketing — a shifting image.



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