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Disrupting the trust business - Economist Tech Quarterly, July 2017
"The trust business is little noticed but huge. Startups deploying blockchain technology threaten to disrupt it, and much else besides"

"Together, list-keepers and those who watch them form one of the world’s biggest and least noticed industries, the trust business."

"Different sorts of self-sufficient lists now abound" --
Ethereum, Everledger

"... the other big function of such ledgers: they can serve as a source of truth ... " "truth services"

"Transactions on a blockchain could also serve as input for smart contracts. "

Other companies:, OpenBazaar, Steemit, Synereo

"If even objects control their own destiny, what is left for governments and the nation state to do? "
1. "in many cases somebody still has to make sure that the information baked into a blockchain is actually true"
2. "The technology could also be used as a cheap platform to generate what poor countries lack most: more efficient government and trust in contracts."
3. "... money. Although the blockchain was created to replace them, central bankers have been interested in the technology from the beginning. When banks share a ledger, rather than keeping their information in separate databases, it will be simpler for regulators to observe financial flows."

1. "The technology today is nowhere near being able to support many of these applications. " -- ledgers not immutable, scaling problems
2. "institutional resistance"
3. politics (including internal fights among engineers)
TheEconomist  technology  bitcoin  blockchain  regulation  government 
august 2017 by pierredv
"The entrepreneurial state" -by Mariana Mazzucato - Economist book review, Aug 2013
"Economists have long recognised that the state has a role in promoting innovation. It can correct market failures by investing directly in public goods such as research, or by using the tax system to nudge businesses towards doing so. But Ms Mazzucato argues that the entrepreneurial state does far more than just make up for the private sector’s shortcomings: through the big bets it makes on new technologies, such as aircraft or the internet, it creates and shapes the markets of the future. At its best the state is nothing less than the ultimate Schumpeterian innovator—generating the gales of creative destruction that provide strong tailwinds for private firms like Apple."
books  reviews  economics  Government  entrepreneurship 
july 2017 by pierredv
What We Know About the Border - On The Media Blog - WNYC
"The Trump administration's so-called "Muslim ban" has created chaos and confusion at airports around the country, but horror stories at the border go back much further than this year. In 2014, we devoted an hour to trying to shred the veil of secrecy obscuring Customs and Border Protection, the huge police force tasked with guarding our borders. We discovered a lack of basic rights and accountability, along with countless stories of dehumanizing detentions and intrusions that thrive within a massive legal grey area."
OnTheMedia  WNYC  US  Government  media  podcasts 
february 2017 by pierredv
The new astrology - Aeon, Alan Jay Levinovitz
Economists play the same role today, and get the same extravagant perks, as state astrologers in Ancient China
Obstacles to change: "mathiness, conflict of interest and sunk-cost bias"
aeon  China  economics  government  history  policy  finance 
april 2016 by pierredv
The State of Cost-Benefit Analysis at the S.E.C. - The New York Times - David Zaring, Jul 2015
"The cost-benefit analysis is controversial. . . The S.E.C.’s recent proposal of a compensation clawback rule can tell us something about the state of cost-benefit analysis in financial rule-making today. . . The court’s interest in cost-benefit analysis might be said to have two degrees in intensity. The first, a requirement that the S.E.C. do one, and do it carefully, appears to have been internalized by the agency. A second, more intensive, cost-benefit analysis would require a quantification of the costs and benefits."
opinion  NYTimes  cost-benefit-analysis  SEC  government 
july 2015 by pierredv
Technical Assistance by Federal Agencies in the Legislative Process | Administrative Conference of the United States - ACUS April 2015
"This project will study the role of federal agencies in providing technical assistance to Congress in statutory drafting. Using a case study methodology, the study will examine the various organizational models for agency involvement in providing technical statutory drafting assistance to Congress and identify best practices. The study will also consider various organizational models for intra-agency coordination of legislative and regulatory affairs and highlight best practices. Surprisingly little attention has been directed to the role of federal agencies in the legislative process and how agencies leverage the knowledge acquired through that experience in their regulatory efforts (and vice versa). The study is an opportunity to explore these issues, describe the different agency structures in place across the federal administrative state, and identify and recommend best practices, structures, and procedures that agencies should use to improve and integrate their ..."
ACUS  government  us  regulation  law  RFC  FCC 
april 2015 by pierredv
America’s bureaucracy: Sins of commissions | The Economist aug 2014
Review of Philip Hamburger's new book "Is Administrative Law Unlawful?" The first large federal breach in the tripartite legal system came with the creation of the Interstate Commerce Commission ... That this approach would come at a cost was no secret. [Woodrow] Wilson worried that Prussian-style administration could “suffocate” America’s dynamism. Another supporter, Roscoe Pound, the highly influential dean of Harvard Law School, wrote in 1920 that the “genius of administrative action through commissions endangers the doctrine of the supremacy of law.” He was prescient. Many federal agencies now have the power to create, adjudicate and execute what are in effect laws, but are not actually the creation of Congress or the courts. “Americans”, Mr Hamburger writes, “must live under a dual system of government, one part established by the Constitution, and another circumventing it.”
US  government  regulation  agencies  books  TheEconomist  Philip.Hamburger 
august 2014 by pierredv
Government Failures: Causes and Consequences | Brookings Institution
"Government failures have increased dramatically under Presidents Bush and Obama compared to their predecessors, writes Paul Light in a new paper and as illustrated by this new Brookings interactive. Unfortunately, given the underlying problems contributing to such failures, more are likely coming in the future." "Light identifies five categories of causes—policy, resources, structure, leadership, and culture—arguing that most government failures occur because of multiple causes coming together and compounding."
Brookings  government  governance  failure 
july 2014 by pierredv
Government's Most Visible Failures, 2001-2014 | Brookings Institution July 2014
"This interactive accompanies the paper titled A Cascade of Government Failures: Why the Government Fails, and How to Stop It, by Paul Light."
Brookings  governance  government  failure 
july 2014 by pierredv
Washington's Sleeping Sickness - Foreign Policy May 2014
Dispiriting assessment of US inability to address existential challenges - not least because the only remedy proposed is "courage". The problem is not partisanship, but inertia. Two causes: "money is speech", and "superpower smugness". Re Brimley & Scharre's proposal to reboot the US military: "Yet the one thing that we know about this idea is that it's never going to happen. That is because it would require the kind of far-reaching change that the government is terrible at achieving. It would involve confronting moneyed, entrenched interests in the private sector as well as the Pentagon, which kills ideas that threaten its core programs more efficiently than it does any foreign enemy." "In Washington, however, strength lies with the opponents rather than the proponents of change." "Washington's debilitating strain of sleeping sickness [regarding the military] affects other parts of the government too. Indeed, the political system hates action more than nature abhors a vacuum. "
Foreign  Policy  David  Rothkopf  comment  opinion  US  government  Congress 
june 2014 by pierredv
Purposeful Interference Response Team - The IT Law Wiki
"The Purposeful Interference Response Team (PIRT) is the U.S. Government lead for space operations and the operators of the primary U.S. Government 24-hour operations center for space situational awareness. PIRT is an interagency coordination group designed to bring together SMEs from across the U.S. Government to evaluate reports of suspected purposeful interference (PI) that impacts U.S. Government space systems, commercial and foreign systems providing services to the U.S. Government, and other U.S. commercial and allied space systems and services of interest to the U.S. Government. PIRT serves as an investigative and coordinating body to ensure all relevant U.S. Government agencies have access to the same information and key analytical documents to develop resolution options, and formalizes and facilitates existing processes and relationships."
interference  USG  government 
january 2014 by pierredv
The Greatest Wealth is Contentment: A Buddhist Perspective on Poverty - Upaya Zen Center
"According to this myth, poverty is a root cause of theft, violence, falsehood, etc. The Buddhist solution has nothing to do with accepting our (or others’) “poverty karma.” The problem begins when the king does not give property to the needy — in modern terms, when the state neglects its responsibility to maintain a minimum of what we call distributive justice. Social breakdown cannot be separated from broader questions about the benevolence of the social order. The solution to poverty-induced crime is not to punish severely but to enable people to provide for their basic needs."
poverty  buddhism  government 
december 2013 by pierredv
Monitor: Zapping mosquitoes, and corruption | The Economist Tech Quarterly June 2013
"Technology and government: How the clever use of mobile phones is helping to improve government services in Pakistan" "Around 25,000-30,000 automated calls are now being made each day, and “we are gathering remarkable data on who is corrupt and where,” says Mr Saif. It is heartening that in the first two months after the scheme began, 60% of respondents said they were happy with their recent experiences of public services. That could help put anger over corruption into perspective. It is striking, too, that many complaints were over unclean offices, unclear fees for official services and petty frustrations, rather than corruption alone."
cellular  Pakistan  BigData  malaria  corruption  TheEconomist  urbanism  government  services  governance 
july 2013 by pierredv
Unleashing the potential of mobile broadband, what Julius missed - Tom Lenard, Mar 2013
"To introduce opportunity cost into government decision making, Larry White and I have proposed the establishment of a Government Spectrum Ownership Corporation (GSOC). A GSOC would operate similarly to the General Services Administration (GSA).  Government agencies would pay a market-based “rent” for spectrum to the GSOC, just as they do now to the GSA for the office space and other real estate they use."
via  GMSV  spectrum  TPI  government 
march 2013 by pierredv
Bagehot: The nanny state | The Economist Oct 20, 2012
"For Conservatives, the promise of keeping families together trumps traditional concerns about an interfering state. Tories also like the programme’s focus on teaching people how to take responsibility for their own lives, and its promise of saving money in the long term. The party that rails against the nanny state has come to embrace state nannying."
government  opinion  TheEconomist  poverty  UK  politics 
october 2012 by pierredv
Are Low-Income Programs Enlarging the Nation’s Long-Term Fiscal Problem? — Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, May 2012
"Several conservative analysts and some journalists lately have cited figures showing substantial growth in recent years in the cost of federal programs for low-income Americans. These figures can create the mistaken impression that growth in low-income programs is a major contributor to the nation’s long-term fiscal problems.
In reality, virtually all of the recent growth in spending for means-tested programs is due to two factors: the economic downturn and rising costs throughout the U.S. health care system, which affect costs for private-sector care as much as for Medicaid and other government health care programs."
poverty  government  subsidies  x:CBP  budget 
june 2012 by pierredv
Who Knew? - Yahoo! News
Highway numbers aren't random -- and mean more than you might expect. Learn the government's road code, and drivers can often figure out where a highway's headed just from knowing the number.""
video  travel  government  numbers  via:gmsv 
may 2011 by pierredv
Do or die in state hospital reform =
"The changes foresee the hospitals keeping proper accounting books, which would involve them recording what money is spent, not just what cash they receive from the state, as is the case at 26 of the 30 hospitals at the moment."
government  waste  healthcare  greece  via:adrianashum 
october 2010 by pierredv
When it comes to broadband grants, familiarity breeds awards -- Urgent Communications article
"The U.S. government has issued nearly all of the $7.2 billion earmarked for rural broadband loans and grants. And it appears most of the winners are individual companies rather than communities and co-ops, said Craig Settles"
broadband  urgentcomm  government 
september 2010 by pierredv
Yukking It Up at the Fed - Real Time Economics - WSJ
laugh lines from Federal Open Market Committee meetings in 2004
finance  government  humor  x:wsj 
may 2010 by pierredv
US government spending: Lexington: From hope to change | The Economist
"Public spending (federal, state and local), which was 24% of GDP in 1950 and 35% before the current recession, could hit 44% this year. "
us  government  taxes  factoids 
april 2010 by pierredv
Complexity and Collapse | Foreign Affairs
"Summary: Imperial collapse may come much more suddenly than many historians imagine. A combination of fiscal deficits and military overstretch suggests that the United States may be the next empire on the precipice."
Via Link Hoewing
government  politics  collapse  economics  complexity 
march 2010 by pierredv
Law.Gov: America's Operating System, Open Source.
"Law.Gov is an effort to create a report documenting exactly what it would take to create a distributed registry and repository of all primary legal materials in the United States"
law  data  government  transparency 
february 2010 by pierredv
DoC Sec Locke - Remarks at Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Conference
written by Marc Berejka, Dec 2009
Lots of factoids re "Internet has undergone a seismic shift"
us  government  oecd  innovation 
january 2010 by pierredv
U.S. Senate: Legislation & Records Home > Lobbying Disclosure > Office of Public Records Information
The Senate Office of Public Records (SOPR) receives, processes, and maintains for public inspection records, reports, and other documents filed with the Secretary of the Senate involving the Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA), the Federal Election Campaign Act, the Ethics in Government Act, the Mutual Security Act, and the Senate Code of Official Conduct
lobbying  government  us  senate 
january 2010 by pierredv
" is the U.S. government’s official website providing easy access to data
related to Recovery Act spending and allows for the reporting of potential fraud, waste, and abuse"
government  transparency 
december 2009 by pierredv
Open For Questions | The White House
"92,937 people have submitted 103,981 questions and cast 3,602,695 votes"
polling  government  transparency  web2.0  governance 
december 2009 by pierredv
The dogmas of the quiet past = Cognitive Edge
application of scenario planning to government
I'm particularly taken with the notion of distributed cognition
management  policy  government  scenarios  collaboration  crowdsourcing 
december 2009 by pierredv
Integrating Land Use Issues into Transportation Planning: Scenario Planning
Over the past 15 years, land use-transportation scenario planning has become an
increasingly common technique in regional and sub-regional planning processes. This
study investigates the breadth of the technique and some of the themes that are emerging
by reviewing 80 scenario planning projects from more than 50 metropolitan areas in the
U.S. The study identifies the antecedents to current land use-transportation scenario
planning, observes trends emerging from the recent examples, and explores whether the
technique has entered the state of the practice in land use-transportation planning. The
study provides references to an annotated bibliography and a digital library containing
information on source data.
scenarios  policy  planning  transportation  government  complexity  filetype:pdf  media:document 
december 2009 by pierredv
U.S. GAO - High-Risk Series
GAO's High-Risk Series, a biennial report to Congress on major problems costing the federal government billions of dollars annually
us  government  risk 
december 2009 by pierredv
"For much of its existence the Federal Register has had no easily accessible form. govpulse seeks to change this and enable you to respond to your government. We give you a way to browse the Register (from 1994 on) and use filters to decide what is important to you. And then act on it. "
Via CS Monitor story Oct 18, 2009
government  politics  us  governance  transparency  reference 
december 2009 by pierredv
We Know The Experts Are Out There. - Expert Labs
Expert Labs is a new independent initiative to help policy makers in our government take advantage of the expertise of their fellow citizens
government  crowdsourcing  politics  community  governance  via:gmsv 
november 2009 by pierredv
Against Transparency | The New Republic - Larry Lessig
Quote: "How could anyone be against transparency? Its virtues and its utilities seem so crushingly obvious. But I have increasingly come to worry that there is an error at the core of this unquestioned goodness. We are not thinking critically enough about where and when transparency works, and where and when it may lead to confusion, or to worse. And I fear that the inevitable success of this movement--if pursued alone, without any sensitivity to the full complexity of the idea of perfect openness--will inspire not reform, but disgust. The "naked transparency movement," as I will call it here, is not going to inspire change. It will simply push any faith in our political system over the cliff."
transparency  government  politics  culture  law 
october 2009 by pierredv
Bill would give president emergency control of Internet | Politics and Law - CNET News
Jay Rockefeller bill still (Apr 2009) "appears to permit the president to seize temporary control of private-sector networks during a so-called cybersecurity emergency"
internet  security  government 
september 2009 by pierredv
Public service is cool again |
"Roughly one-third of federal employees – 600,000 – are eligible for retirement in the next four years" according to Tim McManus, vice president of education and outreach for the Partnership for Public Service.
factoids  csmonitor  volunteering  government 
september 2009 by pierredv
E-government 2.0 - McKinsey Quarterly - Public Sector - Management
"three obstacles have, however, limited the impact of e-government efforts: ineffective governance, lack of Web-related capabilities, and reluctance to allow user participation in the creation of applications and content"
eGov  x:mckinsey  e-government  government  web2.0 
july 2009 by pierredv
find, view, and comment on Federal regulations and other Federal actions
government  legislation  regulation  resource 
may 2009 by pierredv
Obama Team Finds It Hard to Adapt Its Web Savvy to Government -
"The team that ran the most technologically advanced presidential campaign in modern history is finding it difficult to adapt that model to government., envisioned as the primary vehicle for President Obama to communicate with the online masses, has been overwhelmed by challenges that staffers did not foresee and technological problems they have yet to solve. Obama, for example, would like to send out mass e-mail updates on presidential initiatives, but the White House does not have the technology in place to do so. The same goes for text messaging, another campaign staple. Beyond the technological upgrades needed to enable text broadcasts, there are security and privacy rules to sort out involving the collection of cellphone numbers, according to Obama aides, who acknowledge being caught off guard by the strictures of government bureaucracy. "
politics  technology  governance  government 
march 2009 by pierredv - review on Insanely Useful Sites
includes pointers on what's available and how to use the site
policy  government  resources  reviews 
september 2007 by pierredv
U.S. Tax Code On-Line
John Walker's HTML'ized US tax code
"The complete Internal Revenue Code is more than 24 megabytes in length, and contains more than 3.4 million words; printed 60 lines to the page, it would fill more than 7500 letter-size pages" - that's 450 kLOC
Government  cognition  computing 
may 2006 by pierredv

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