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Today in the U.K. a fierce St. George faces off against a fearsome dragon in a doodle inspired by illuminated manuscript.
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#treetuesday I'd like to thank Olivier Du Tré for inspiring me to make the kinds of images that speak to me. I'm still finding my "voice" but I find that the high-contrast B&W images are what speak to me the most.
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Great public awareness campaign about privacy & security online
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I do two-step verification and it's great. I first saw this ad campaign in London this fall and I just saw an ad for it at the Fort Totten Metro.
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Check out our joint brief with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Center for Democracy & Technology, Public Knowledge & Cato. The Supreme Court has said: “Technology expands the capacity to choose; and it denies the potential of this revolution if we assume the Government is best positioned to make these choices for us.” Since 1978, we've been empowered to choose media appropriate for values and our children. So we're asking them to overrule their 1978 "Pacifica" decision to end FCC indecency censorship of broadcast television once and for all!
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Another victim of central planning...
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Today, AT&T announced they had abandoned their planned acquisition of T-Mobile after the DOJ sued to block the deal and the FCC published a sharply critical report. The following statement can be attributed to TechFreedom Fellows Larry Downes, Geoffrey Manne and Berin Szoka:

"Nearly two years ago, the Obama FCC declared a spectrum crisis. But Congress has refused to authorize the agency to reallocate underused spectrum from television broadcasters and government agencies—which would take years anyway.

"The AT&T/T-Mobile merger would have eased this crisis and accelerated the deployment of next-generation 4G networks. Yet the government killed the deal based on formalistic and outdated measures of market concentration—even though the FCC's own data show dynamic competition, falling prices, and new entry. The disconnect is jarring.

"Those celebrating the deal's collapse will wake up to a sober reality: There is no Plan B for more spectrum. All the hand-wringing about “preserving” competition has only denied consumers a strong 4G LTE competitor to compete with Verizon—and slammed the brakes on continued growth of the mobile marketplace.

"Unfortunately, this is just part of a broader pattern of regulators attempting to engineer technology markets they don’t understand. The letter sent today by the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee urging the Department of Justice to investigate Google's business practices relies on similar contortions of market definition to conclude that the search market is not competitive. In both cases, regulators are applying 1960s economics to 21st century markets.

"Ultimately, it’s consumers who will lose from such central planning."
by. Geoffrey Manne, Larry Downes, Berin Szoka. on. December 19, 2011. · Comments. Today, AT&T announced they had abandoned their planned acquisition of T-Mobile after the DOJ sued to block the dea...
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Atlas should shrug.
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#Privacy win: #Google has just released "Find My Face" on G+, an opt-in facial recognition tool like Picasa's.
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Making photo tagging easier with Find My Face

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Hi, I’m +Matt Steiner, Engineering Lead on the Google+ Photos team.

Around the holidays, many of us get together with friends and family, and if you’re like me, you take lots of photos! Tagging those photos can be a lot of work. So today we’re launching Find My Face, an easier way to tag photos of yourself and your friends.

By turning on Find My Face, Google+ can prompt people you know to tag your face when it appears in photos. Of course, you have control over which tags you accept or reject, and you can turn the feature on or off in Google+ settings. (https://plus.google.com/settings/plus)

Find My Face will be rolling out over the next few days. We hope this makes tagging your photos much easier, so try it out! And as always, keep the feedback coming.
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Wow, another great photo!
 
One of my favorite trees on the mountain (Saddleback Mtn.), has been suffering a bit of late due to the drought conditions in the Sierras. Still glad that it's producing at least a few cones most years. You can see on the trunk a straddling wire that held an insulator where a old telephone wire was attached. At the time (30's,40's,50's), that was the only communication to the fire lookout on top....pre-radio years. I considered trying to remove it, but I suspect that would do more harm than good. I'm hoping the bark will completely encase the wire and allow the necessary growth around it, allowing it live long past my time. The oldest dead Jeffrey Pine found to date had 813 rings.
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In the lead essay for the "Cato Unbound" symposium this month, TechFreedom's +Berin Szoka analyzes recent political movements that have been aided by Internet-based communication.
Berin Szoka surveys recent developments in Internet activism. The 2009 Green Revolution in Iran may have failed, but activists in the United States defeated SOPA, a bill that would have imposed signif...
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My first piece in Wired! Jim Dunstan and I explain why the Outer Space Treaty precludes land grants (like those given to the railroads) but not rights in satellites, moon bases, and extracted resources, or mining claims and salvage rights.
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Great write-up of this issue. My favorite part: "faith in the 'free market' is running low in parts of the tech industry. That's a really, really sad thing given that the technology industry has thrived in large part because of its ability to move faster than politicians who believe the internet is a series of tubes."
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Genius! It's Toy Story meets Google Maps on a shoestring.
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Beautiful use of Google Maps Street View in a short art film.
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HA!
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From Jeff Jarvis, channeling the FTC of Christmas future:
“Mr. Claus has flagrantly violated children’s privacy, collecting their consumer preferences for toys and also tracking their behavior so as to judge and maintain a data base of naughtiness and niceness,” Leibowitz said. “Worse, he has tied this data to personally identifiable information, including any child’s name, address, and age. He has solicited this information online, in some cases passing data to third parties so they may fulfill children’s wishes. According to unconfirmed reports, he has gone so far as to invade children’s homes in the dead of night. He has done this on a broad scale, unchallenged by government authorities for too long.”

Which reminds me of this Washington Post piece about the overreach of the Congress of Christmas past and the FTC of Christmas present (thanks for COPPA, y'all!):
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/blogpost/post/hey-google-thanks-for-making-my-daughter-cry/2011/12/12/gIQAhYx9pO_blog.html
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    President, 2010 - present
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    Senior Fellow & Director, Center for Internet Freedom, 2008 - 2010
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President & Founder of TechFreedom, a non-profit tech policy think tank. Blogger at the Technology Liberation Front.

Previously, I was at Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Internet Freedom at The Progress & Freedom Foundation. Before joining PFF, I was an Associate in the Communications Practice Group at Latham and Watkins LLP, where I advised clients on regulations affecting the Internet and telecommunications industries. Before joining Latham's Communications Practice Group, I practiced at Lawler Metzger Milkman & Keeney, LLC, a boutique telecommunications law firm in Washington, and clerked for the Hon. H. Dale Cook, Senior U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma. 

I received my Bachelor's degree in economics from Duke University and my juris doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law, where I served as Submissions Editor of the Virginia Journal of Law and Technology

I currently serve on and previously chaired, the Board of Directors of the Space Frontier Foundation, a non-profit citizens' advocacy group founded in 1988 and dedicated to advancing commercial opportunity and expansion of human civilization in space.
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  • Duke University
    Economics & Political Science, 1998 - 2001
  • University of Virginia School of Law
    Law, 20001 - 2004
  • Georgetown Preparatory School
    1994 - 1998
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