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If you’re born in the United States, no matter where your parents are from or what nationality they possess, you have the right to US citizenship. This principle is called jus soli, literally the “right of the soil,” and it’s actually quite rare in the world: only the Americas implement it, mostly, without restrictions. In the rest of the world, the principle of jus sanguinis, the “right of blood,” holds sway. What matters is where your parents are from and what rights they hold.

Writing in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, exposed to the flood of stateless people unleashed by that conflict, Hannah Arendt memorably identified the possession of a defined citizenship as “the right to have rights.” As the state is the ultimate arbiter of all rights, your recognition by any state is the first condition of the protection of your rights. In law, under jus sanguinis, you are who you are because of whom your parents are, and “who you are” determines whether you have any rights at all.

My handle is @curiousoctopus on Twitter, and the reason is that I reach out in many directions and grasp everything, bring it back and digest everything. That is what my office says about me. It says there is enthusiasm and apparent chaos, but in truth an inner order.

Paola Antonelli, interviewed by Edward Lewine in Surrounded by Great Design at MoMA, and Not Afraid to Use It

I think she’s paraphrasing Henry Mintzberg, who said of emergent strategy, 

Emergent strategy means, not chaos, but in essence unintended order.

A nation is a group of people united by a mistaken view about the past and a hatred of their neighbors.

Ernest Renan, What is a Nation? (Qu’est-ce qu’une nation?)

Innovation is never a neutral quantity. Technologies and artifacts are shaped by the values, priorities, and assumptions of their developers, and often their users as well. Of course, many technologies are designed or refined with particular goals in mind, but here I am referring to a different and less deliberate shaping process, through which artifacts come to reflect and reproduce beliefs about the types of functions and ways of living and working that are important.

Julie Cohen, What is privacy for

@congressedits is a bot shadowing Wikipedia editing in the US Congress

Ed Summers set up @congressedits to surface what the Congress is doing on Wkipedia, because internet, and people are following:

In less than 48 hours the @congressedits Twitter account had more than 3,000 followers. My friend Nick set up gccaedits for Canada using the same software … and @wikiAssemblee (France) and @RiksdagWikiEdit (Sweden) were quick to follow.

Watching the followers rise, and the flood of tweets from them brought home something that I believed intellectually, but hadn’t felt quite so viscerally before. There is an incredible yearning in this country and around the world for using technology to provide more transparency about our democracies.

Sure, there were tweets and media stories that belittled the few edits that have been found so far. But by and large people on Twitter have been encouraging, supportive and above all interested in what their elected representatives are doing. Despite historically low approval ratings for Congress, people still care deeply about our democracies, our principles and dreams of a government of the people, by the people and for the people.

Just like Aaron we desperately want to be part of a more informed citizenry, that engages with our local communities, sees the world as our stage, and the World Wide Web as our medium.

Chance favors the connected mind.

Steven Johnson, Where Good Ideas Come From

Arik Hesseldahl, PCs Back From the Dead? Not So Fast. →

Buried at the end of piece that debunks the notion that PC sales are climbing — was really a tiny 0.1% twinkle caused by the end-of-life for XP in April - June causing companies to upgrade — was the real news: PC sales will fall like a rock in Asia.

Phablets and tablets are killing PCs, and fast.

The truth is that in a society as unequal and polarized as ours has become, almost everything is political. Get used to it.

Paul Krugman, Who Wants a Depression? 

Talent hits a target no one else can hit; genius hits a target no one else can see.

Arthur Schopenauer