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Mayor dispatches cops to bust blogger-critic. Loic says,

    Christophe does not like the way the city mayor manages the city, spends the public money and says it on his blog, every day. He has been very successful doing that, with hundreds of inhabitants of Puteaux reading and commenting his blog everyday and many national newspapers that talked about his blog.

    Christophe criticizes the city management so much that they have tried to stop him for months, the city mayor has even sent him threats over the phone that he recorded and blogged, of course.

    Today, he has been stopped in the street by the Police Municipale (the local French Police) who tried to arrest him for his blogging. Fortunately for Christophe, the National Police arrived immediately as they found what was happening weird, and let him go.

Link (Thanks, Loic!) [Boing Boing]
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Let’s assume for now the the upset had nothing to do with voting methods, and everything to do with voters. Which is how things should be 😉

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06 May 2004

E-Voting Commission Gets Earful. In a tiny room packed with activists, reporters and concerned citizens, the Election Assistance Commission hears testimony from makers of e-voting machines and the people who oppose them. Michael Grebb reports from Washington, D.C. [Wired News]

I hea rthat there’s evoting going on in India right now – why is it good enough for them, & not for us?

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05 May 2004

29 February 2004

last chance for now?
Electronic Vote Faces Big Test of Its Security. Super Tuesday will be a big test for new touchscreen voting machines. But computer experts are worried about security issues. By John Schwartz. [New York Times: Technology]
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26 February 2004
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how others see us

from the CIA World Handbook
United Kingdom
llicit drugs:
gateway country for Latin American cocaine entering the European market; major consumer of synthetic drugs, producer of limited amounts of synthetic drugs and synthetic precursor chemicals; major consumer of Southwest Asian heroin; money-laundering center

train set
The British Secret Is Out: They’re Mad About Trains. The debate over Britain’s railways evokes deep and conflicting memories, reaching into the way Britons see the state of their nation. By Alan Cowell. [New York Times: NYT HomePage] According to this analysis, it seems that -statistically – our trains are no more or less safe now than before privitisation. So why not let things go back towards the way they were, with communities managing trains & track?
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the really useful website is (almost) from the horse’s mouth reporting of Number 10’s twice daily press briefings. Raw, & without the Press’ filters.
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19 February 2004

elections will never be the same again
Blogs Pump Bucks Into Campaigns. A Democratic candidate buys $2,000 of advertising on a blog and gets $80,000 in campaign donations in two weeks. Was it a fluke, or the beginning of a new campaign cash cow? By Chris Ulbrich. [Wired News]
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18 February 2004

oh dear…

Concerns over US e-voting. Two leading US experts on e-voting say the forthcoming presidential vote could be more chaotic than the last. [BBC News | Technology | UK Edition]… this isn’t really c21st progress, is it?

and it’s not here in California or here in Eire either.

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12 February 2004

is London going open source?

Er… MS UK sponsors open source deployment workshop. Satan sponsors pope? MS UK sponsors own P45s? [The Register]

Now that’s bold: sponsoring the opposition when your product is known to be under scrutiny.
These microsoft guys deserve to succeed with cohones like that.

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if the USA’s e democracy is in first gear, what gear is the UK in?

It’s very rare for me to quote so much from elsewhere – so this must be important!
The UK’s probably in a high gear – but low ratio. (4×4 or HGV analogy: the guys who build roads move as fast as they can – but it’s a heck of a lot slower than the traffic on the finished road. We’re going as fast as we can, but on low, slow, steep, sticky roads. The tarmac is right up ahead.)
I envy the USA’s primaries – it’s giving them a change to rehearse the ‘real’ election that comes later this year. We’re not getting this degree of activity or thought over our Local or European elections in May/June. If we did, the next general election (Spring ’05?) would make much more use of the techniques being learned in the Primaries.

Doc Searls wrote:
Are we still parked?.

Anybody who drives a stick shift knows the hardest part is first gear; because you’re trying to change a body at rest to a body in motion. In the rest of the forward gears, you’re just managing motion.

This comes to mind reading Micah’s reflections on the Digital Democracy Teach-In this morning.

    For all the intense discussion going on online and in the hallways about what the Dean campaign did or didn’t do right, and on how social software tools can empower people, I’m amazed by how little interaction this community seems to have with people who actually know something about social movements, political organizing and power analysis. Perhaps that’s a reflection of how new to politics so many of the people here seem to be, and that’s ok. After all, DeanforAmerica (my shorthand for the decision to try to run an "open-source"-style campaign, as opposed to Howard Dean the candidate for President) clearly inspired many people both in and outside of the hacking community and the A-list blogging community to get excited about personal political participation, and hopefully that will be a lasting thing.

        But people here talk like all that’s needed is better tools, and then people will pick them up and take back their country from the powers-that-be. There’s almost no sense of how hard organizing actually is, or why.

He also says,

    I have a clue

          Wondering what will happen next with the movement-in-formation that we’ve seen in and around the Dean campaign? One answer is to watch this url:

His point: we’re going to need a lot more than blogs and tools. We’ll need to be organized.

Bonus link: Gary Turner’s "Dotgov" Bubble Burst.
[The Doc Searls Weblog]
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11 February 2004

an interesting experiment in democracy

Munich Open Source Plows Ahead. A German city’s plan to switch to open-source applications has encountered some bumps in the road, but supporters say it will all work out. By Michelle Delio. [Wired News]

& let’s hope others follow & share the burden

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