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.
James Bridle, The Siege on Citizenship
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.
Ernest Renan, What is a Nation? (Qu’est-ce qu’une nation?)
Julie Cohen, What is privacy for
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.
Steven Johnson, Where Good Ideas Come From
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.
Though most regions saw upticks of seven percent to nine percent, one in particular, the Asia-Pacific region, registered a decline of nearly nine percent in shipments. The reason for the decline? Big smartphones. The atrociously named phablets, hybrids of phones and tablets, are eating into the low-end notebook market.
Expect this to continue as the arms race for bigger phone screens continues unabated.
Phablets and tablets are killing PCs, and fast.
Paul Krugman, Who Wants a Depression?
95% of Millennials text regularly, and 18-29 year olds receiving an average of 87.7 text messages a day http://t.co/nFQKn146YJ— Stowe Boyd (@stoweboyd) July 9, 2014