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Europe deals the open internet a blow as controversial copyright rules take a step closer to law
"Europe just dealt the open internet a blow - and probably undermined its own Digital Single Market economy plans in the process."
digital  and  content  marketing  governing  identity  privacy  security  regulation  social 
2 days ago by jonerp
The Policymakers Saved the Financial System. And America Never Forgave Them. - The New York Times
A retrospective of the Financial Crisis of 2008 ten years later.

The response to the crisis was in many ways the high-water mark for a mold of centrist, technocratic policymaking that seeks to tweak and nudge existing institutions toward better outcomes. It also undermined any widespread popular support for that mode of governing for the foreseeable future.

It turns out, when you throw trillions of dollars at rescuing a system that most people don’t like very much in the first place, the result isn’t relief.

It’s anger.
FinancialCrisis2008  finance  regulation  history 
2 days ago by jefframnani
Single-family homes cover almost half of Los Angeles - Curbed LA

In 1946, when Los Angeles updated its zoning code (creating the system still in use today), the city’s single-family zones were more fully defined—with nearly three pages of restrictions and regulations. Separate classifications were also created for duplexes and “suburban zones,” with similar parking and yard-size requirements.

These zoning rules helped to create the neatly arranged residential communities Angelenos today know and love, but they also severely limited available space for new development. That’s become a pressing concern as LA deals with a severe shortage of affordable housing.

“We’re clinging to this model—the old version of the American Dream,” housing advocate Mark Vallianatos tells Curbed. “It doesn’t make sense to reserve large portions of any city for only one home with a yard and just one family.”
LosAngeles  history  housing  regulation 
2 days ago by jefframnani
Secrets and Lies of the Bailout – Rolling Stone
So what exactly did the bailout accomplish? It built a banking system that discriminates against community banks, makes Too Big to Fail banks even Too Bigger to Failier, increases risk, discourages sound business lending and punishes savings by making it even easier and more profitable to chase high-yield investments than to compete for small depositors. The bailout has also made lying on behalf of our biggest and most corrupt banks the official policy of the United States government. And if any one of those banks fails, it will cause another financial crisis, meaning we’re essentially wedded to that policy for the rest of eternity – or at least until the markets call our bluff, which could happen any minute now.
finance  crash  crisis  bailout  banks  FRB  deception  BernankeBen  PaulsonHank  SummersLarry  reform  regulation  viability  corruption  fraud  secrecy 
2 days ago by petej
Why The Use Of Drones Still Faces Big Regulatory Hurdles - Forbes Sep 2018
"While the debate over drone regulation is in its early stages, there’s little doubt there will be a Grand Canyon-size gap between what industry would like in certification standards and what the FAA and other regulators are willing to approve.
In the end, a new category of air operator may emerge — companies that are certified and approved to operate larger drones… And that transition — from an open-access system of ownership and operation to one with similar controls and barriers to entry as aviation and aerospace manufacturing — may be tumultuous as companies vie for what is currently an elusive standard of certification."
Forbes  drones  UAS  regulation  FAA 
3 days ago by pierredv
“Socialism” vs. “capitalism”: what left and right get wrong about the debate - Vox
“All this talk about socialism isn’t about socialism,” Williamson writes. “It’s about the status quo.” The idea that “capitalism” has failed us and that “socialism” is the answer relies on a cartoonish oversimplification of reality. Current economic arrangements in the US, and throughout the developed world, involve a complex mix of “capitalist” market institutions and “socialist” regulatory and redistributive institutions.

If our mixed system is failing many of us, it’s highly unlikely that the blame can be assigned exclusively to either its “capitalist” or “socialist” components, or to the fact that the system is mixed rather than purely one thing or the other. The real debate, as Williamson goes on to suggest, concerns the structure, balance, and integration of the elements that make up our political economy.


This gets lost when the debate is framed as a binary choice between “capitalism” — which the left blames for all contemporary ills — and “socialism.”
socialism/capitalism  economics  regulation  2018  democrats-missed-opportunities  Warren  Bernie 
6 days ago by Peony43
How Uber is making traffic even worse
Why did cities restrict taxis through use of medallions again? We get to learn all the same lessons all over again. Because disruption.
uber  lyft  transportation  regulation  traffic 
7 days ago by jefframnani

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