DRM and rights in a digital world

Published August 14, 2013 | 2 responses so far
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A couple of days ago I was listening to an older edition of Science Weekly, particularly a lecture by Cory Doctorow. I found the lecture to be a truly thought-provoking look at digitization of the world and its implications. Doctorow’s focus was on DRM (Digital Rights Management) in the narrow scope, but broadly dealt with
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Iran Votes: Reflections Four Years Later

Published June 14, 2013 | No responses yet
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Four years ago, in mid-June, I headed on a trip to Iran after not having the visited the country for a decade. It was meant to be a personal trip, but in many ways I got more than I bargained for. As I wrote in a journal on route to Tehran: “When I planned this
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FiveThirtyEight: Predictive analysis in the Social Sciences

Published November 07, 2012 | No responses yet
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In discussing the US presidential elections with American friends over the years, I’ve heard frequent complaints, and I quote “the entire thing is treated like a horse race surrounded by a media circus“. I have to confess that despite my sensibilities, when it comes to this particular horse race I find myself an entertained spectator
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Drivers of foreign policy in India

Published March 01, 2012 | No responses yet
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Last week was McGill’s reading break, though to be quite frank, I got less reading done than catching up on Bollywood (for uh… educational purposes?). So with India in mind, this evening I attended a talk by Dr. David Malone, a renowned diplomat, international security scholar and the current president of IDRC. He was previously
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In memory of Jack Layton, a personal account

Published September 05, 2011 | 3 responses so far
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Two weeks ago Jack Layton, the leader of the New Democratic Party (NDP) of Canada, passed away after battling cancer. Although he came to Montreal quite often, I first had a chance to see him speak live only last November during Question Period in the House of Commons which I was attending as part of
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When political analysts fail

Published March 15, 2011 | 2 responses so far
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… and take a joke way too seriously. An article in Foreign Policy a couple of days ago made me chuckle and I thought I’d share. The article is about former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani who was recently deposed from his position as the head of the Assembly of Experts of the Leadership in
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The new battleground

Published February 17, 2011 | No responses yet
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http://www.mcgilldaily.com/2011/02/the-new-battleground/ The new battleground How the internet shapes social movement in the face of regulation By Marzieh Ghiasi February 17, 2011 Image by Olivia Messer / The McGill Daily It has become commonplace to describe the web as the Wild West – a place where there are no rules, no regulations, and not much protection.
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Hummingbirds against fires

Published April 05, 2010 | No responses yet
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The animation above is based on illustrations from the Flight of the Hummingbird by Haida Canadian artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas. The story, which is from the parables of the Quechuan people of Ecuador, is about a small yet persistant hummingbird who is determined to save his forest from a fire drop by drop, while other
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Straining into starlight

Published February 21, 2010 | No responses yet
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You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom. -Malcolm X (May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965) The Martyrdom of El Hajj Malik El Shabazz Like bees scenting the myrrh and frankincense Of his flesh, bullets congregate around him; Blood honeys at the exit wounds
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Google vs. China: Cyberwarfare in a Brave New World

Published January 13, 2010 | 9 responses so far
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Things just got a little more interesting in the world of cyberpolitics. Google revealed today that they’ve detected a sophisticated attack on their infrastructure originating from China back in December, an attack which they say impacted more than twenty other large companies in various sectors. Specifically, the attackers attempted to access Gmail accounts of Chinese
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