Category Archives: Web and Government 2.0

Could sortition help against corruption, part II

In part 1, I looked at whether it made sense to have random individuals inserted into parliament, or to let policies be decided by juries full of randomly chosen individuals. Both were argued to be unworkable and likely to lead … Continue reading

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In praise of blogging: Hoist from 2009 archives

I’m pleased to see Jason Potts tweeting “Blogs are still a thing. This one I just came across is the thingest. It’s like @slatestarcodex, but for econ & tech artir.wordpress.com”. As a result of tweeting back my 2009 post on Blogging … Continue reading

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The social world as a nested ecology of public and private goods: Part Two

Part Two of my essay on the way of looking at the world I’ve worked out over the last few years and published on Evonomics can be found here. So many years, so few words :( Part one of this essay showed how two dimensions of … Continue reading

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Forecasting: the (Open) Road Ahead

Below the introduction to a piece in The Mandarin today. We shoot the breeze about who’ll win the next election or footy match. Virtually none of it helps predict the future. But we’re driven on … as if somehow it will. We do it with the … Continue reading

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What is a knowledge city?

Last week I participated in a panel discussion that kicked off Melbourne Knowledge Week. MKW is a Good Thing that has been running for a few years. It was initiated by Melbourne City Council against the background thought that knowledge is becoming … Continue reading

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Happy 20th birthday to blogging!

Just a note to record the fact that blogging is 20 years old this month, maybe. New media legend Dave Winer, a rare combination of great writer and programmer, started posting at DaveNet on 7 October 1994, as Philip Greenspun points out. … Continue reading

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Public private partnerships to build the digital public goods of the 21st century

Below the fold is the Ockham’s Razor lecture that went to air yesterday. Since the trolls have already come out in force on the ABC thread (The ABC’s illustration doesn’t help!), I’ve reproduced it for your delectation below. 

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