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Five Years After the September 11, 2001 Attacks

Five years after September 11, 2001, it is difficult to not weigh how one's life has changed since that day (for those of us fortunate enough to have survived it).

Five years ago, I was living in Manhattan on the Upper East Side. I will spare the reader intimate details of my experience, because it is similar to that of so many others who lived in New York at the time, but were not physically present at the scene.

Government Paradox 101

So it's a little dated (mid-August), but I was morbidly amused at this article and headline from Federaltimes.com: "Transparency bill subjected to secrecy." Yes, the Congressional tribute to unaccountability, the legislative "hold," a legislative method whereby a member of Congress can anonymously and secretly delay and/or kill the consideration of a bill, has been deployed again to the detriment of all who are curious about what Congress is doing.

Hearsay Culture Update

I'm pleased to report that my show on KZSU-FM, "Hearsay Culture," will continue to run on Wednesdays from 5-6 PM PST through the summer -- with the exception of three weeks in late July and early August, when I'll be away from campus. Thanks to the good leaders of KZSU-FM!

The Unintended Consequences of Research

In the world of commons advocacy, a powerful argument in its favor goes like this: by sharing as much information as possible, especially in the research arena, you increase the possibility of researchers stumbling across discoveries not originally sought.

"Hearsay Culture" Now Available on iTunes

My KZSU-FM show, "Hearsay Culture," is now available on iTunes. Go here to find it (note, of course, that you need iTunes installed on your computer), and also check out other events hosted at CIS!

I will get the shows up on iTunes as soon as I can after airing, and am working on getting them on Stanford iTunes. Thanks for listening, and please let me know what you think!

Secrecy and Unaccountability: Trade Secrets in Our Public Infrastructure

At long last, the article on which I have been toiling for many months is in public-consumption format.

I am very pleased to report that my article, "Secrecy and Unaccountability: Trade Secrets in Our Public Infrastructure," has been accepted at Florida Law Review, and will be published in their January 2007 book. I will be revising the article over the summer, and a draft is now available on SSRN.

Hearsay Culture

Starting today, I'll be hosting a talk program on KZSU, 90.1 FM (Stanford's radio station) called "Hearsay Culture." In sum, the show is designed to cover modern technology/Internet issues, but not from a purely law or geek perspective. As I wrote for the KZSU schedule: "A talk show, including guests, that focuses on the intersection of technology and society. How is our world impacted by the great technological changes taking place? Each week, a different sphere is explored." See this link for KZSU's program schedule.

Congress: Raising the Blinds (Again)

After a lobbyist-induced hiatus, it is interesting to note the various Internet gaming bills recently re-introduced in Congress, which aim to end Internet gaming by redefining what it means to gamble and/or attacking the financial elements necessary to place and collect upon a bet on-line.


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