The recent acquisition of open source platform GitHub by the notorious company Microsoft has caused a lot of unrest among the open source community. Fortunately there are alternatives like GitLab and SourceForge, but those could also be acquired by companies with a disputable reputation at some point in the future. Continue reading Public FOSS Repositories
Article II-10, paragraph 3 of our draft constitution:
A well protected privacy, being necessary to the security of a free Society, the right of the people to use strong encryption in correspondence shall not be infringed.
Here a list of things which could be part of a job guarantee program, while avoiding the creation of more “bullshit jobs”.
- Volunteer work
- Home care
- Open Source projects
- Translating foreign documents
- Human power plants
The recent tragedy in West-London in which at least thirty people have died, is probably the result of a lack of investment in fire safety measures by the landlord. According to classical liberalism the principal duty of any government is to protect the life, health and property of its citizens. And in this case both local and national government has utterly failed to protect the residents of Grenfell Tower. Continue reading Housing cooperatives
The appointment of judges is an important issue for any designers of a constitution. Perhaps it is the most difficult aspect of constitutional design. The principal aim of the judiciary is to provide a check on the other branches of government, which is necessary as – according to classical republicanism – power corrupts. A system of checks and balances is an essential feature of a republican constitution. Continue reading Democratic appointment
Attempts to improve representative democracy usually involve the use of referendums or popular initiative. However, both are quite blunt tools as complex issues are reduced to a simple “yes or no” and often result in ambiguous results as is demonstrated by recent referendums in the Netherlands and the UK. Continue reading Citizens panels
Previously we argued that the members of a Court of Audit should be assigned by sortition or random selection to improve its independency from the government, which the Court has to monitor. In this part we will argue to charge Courts of Audit with another duty: supervision of Central Banks. Continue reading Court of Audit 2
Many countries have a Court of Audit, a body charged with performing financial audits on the government. Or put simply a Court of Audit has to check whether public expenditure is used in a sensible way. Because of this role, this body should be independent from the government. Continue reading Court of Audit
Public libraries around the world are under financial pressure. Self-imposed austerity forces governments, especially local governments to cut subsidies and to raise membership fees. And many public libraries are forced to sell off part of their collection in order to survive. Continue reading Cooperative libraries
A long time I was thinking of ways the government might help to promote the use of open-source software (OSS). Now I realize I was looking at the issue from the wrong side. Proprietary software depends on the enforcement of intellectual property rights by the government. Continue reading Opensource and taxation