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Political behaviour and the acoustics of social media : Nature Human Behaviour
"Social networks are not a new phenomenon — people have always associated with like-minded others — but the advent of social media has led to a vast increase in the amount of social information that we see. We need data and experiments to understand how this information shapes our political landscape."
social-media  research  data  access  private  facebook  business 
april 2017 by tsuomela
The Entrepreneurial State (USA) | MARIANA MAZZUCATO
"The Entrepreneurial State: debunking public vs. private sector myths is stirring up much-needed debate worldwide about the role of the state in fostering long-run, innovation led economic growth. A new US edition was published by Public Affairs in 2015, with revisions that include a new introduction in which Professor Mazzucato argues that American politicians need to think big, and have the courage to develop a more confident story about the state's role in the economy, in the run up to the 2016 Presidential elections. You can read the new introduction here. Her book comprehensively debunks the myth of a lumbering, bureaucratic state versus a dynamic, innovative private sector. In a series of case studies—including IT, biotech and nanotech—Professor Mazzucato shows that the opposite is true: the private sector only finds the courage to invest after an entrepreneurial state has made the high-risk investments. In an intensely researched chapter, she reveals that every technology that makes the iPhone so ‘smart’ was government funded: the Internet, GPS, its touch-screen display and the voice-activated Siri. And in another chapter she argues that the green revolution is today is missing the kind of patient public sector financing, and de-financialized private sector, that got the IT revolution off the ground. "
book  economics  innovation  private  privatization  government  research  r&d 
september 2016 by tsuomela
Science and the Public Square
"Perhaps it will help just understanding that the asymmetry between Conservatives and Liberals is real, but that in a democracy, having the research done that discovers impacts (or the lack of impacts) is crucial for our public discourse. It is not a temporary cultural shift nor irrationality nor a current ideology that is driving the distaste for science among Republicans. It is their core conservatism that is at issue."
science  politics  conservatism  liberalism  ideology  change  private  public  boundaries  boundary-policing 
april 2013 by tsuomela
100 Year Starship Study
"DARPA is seeking ideas for an organization, business model and approach appropriate for a self-sustaining investment vehicle in support of the 100 Year Starship Study. The 100 Year Starship Study is a project seeded by DARPA to develop a viable and sustainable model for persistent, long-term, private-sector investment into the myriad of disciplines needed to make long-distance space travel practicable and feasible. "
space  science  funding  private  industry  government  darpa 
june 2011 by tsuomela
Confessions of a Community College Dean: A New Model?
"Quality education is costly. It doesn’t necessarily need to be as costly as it is -- longtime readers have seen me pop off on that once or twice -- but doing it well costs money. Since Americans as voters have decided that it’s immoral to pay real money for any public service that doesn’t involve weaponry, but Americans as consumers have no problem paying for-profit companies several multiples of what their public counterparts charge for the same damn thing, the public-private partnership may give the ideological cover needed to find the funding to do this right. That comes at a cost, of course -- it amounts to a catastrophic regressive transfer of wealth from poor students to wealthy investors, as the students pay higher tuition to support profits for the investors -- but that seems to be the way Americans would prefer to do it. The price people are willing to pay to sustain an ideology should not be underestimated.
education  funding  community-college  business  ideology  private  public  government 
january 2011 by tsuomela
The Slow Change in Legal Discourse: Why Humans Are Dumber Than Frogs - Garrett Epps - National - The Atlantic
The word "private," in fact, seemed to have an almost hypnotic effect on the Court. Chief Justice John Roberts said "the decision is made by a private entity whether to use the money to go to a religious school." True, but that's quite different from "private choice" by parents. Under the Constitution, the state couldn't limit parents' choice by ruling out schools on religious grounds; an STO can. It's almost as if the government could get around any constitutional limitation by just farming the work out to "private entities."

And of course, that's increasingly what we as a society are doing. Our very notion of what is public is shrinking. Wars are fought by "private" contractors, prisons are run by "private" companies. Great state universities are "privatized" and taken out of state control. We hear increasing demands that all or most public employees be replaced by workers hired and paid by private companies.
private  market  discourse  legal  law  supreme-court  public  public-sphere 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Why Do We Keep Indulging the Fiction That Banks Are Private Enterprises? « naked capitalism
Ambrose Bierce, in The Devil’s Dictionary, described a partnership as “When two thieves have their hands so deeply plunged into each other’s pockets that they cannot separately plunder a third party.” Pointing out that banks are de facto partners of the state, enjoying substantial privileges (that unlimited checkwriting on official coffers when things go bad, the ongoing subsidies, the lavish private sector pay) without commensurate duties opens a huge can of worms. It goes beyond the usual, relatively anodyne “privatized gains and socialized losses” and opens up the terrain of “What do we mean by private enterprise?” Part of the American ideology is that there is a hard line between government and business. But entire industries suck off the state with far too few strings attached. The black/white distinction is illusory; what we instead have is a gradient.
banking  private  enterprise  business  government  regulation  boundaries  double-standards  power 
september 2010 by tsuomela
t r u t h o u t | The Spectacle of Illiteracy and the Crisis of Democracy
Illiterate in this instance refers to the inability on the part of much of the American public to grasp private troubles and the meaning of the self in relation to larger public problems and social relations. It is a form of illiteracy that points less to the lack of technical skills and the absence of certain competencies than to a deficit in the realms of politics—one that subverts both critical thinking and the notion of literacy as both critical interpretation and the possibility of intervention in the world. The type of illiteracy is not only incapable of dealing with complex and contested questions; it is also a principle for glorifying the principle of self-interest as a paradigm for understanding politics. This is a form of illiteracy marked by the inability to see outside of the realm of the privatized self, an illiteracy in which the act of translation withers, reduced to a relic of another age.
politics  literacy  democracy  private  public  crisis  consumerism  free-markets 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Ascription is an Anathema to any Enthusiasm › Get 40% more done, keep it secret
These studies suggest that public revealing of our intentions undermines our follow through. These studies are all very simple. Let’s look at one. They get a group of students who really want to become psychologists and having them filled out a survey. On the last page they ask them to write down what the intend to study next week in service of their goal. The subjects are randomly split into two groups public, and private. The kids in the private group are told that intend-to-study question was included by mistake, the experimenter tears it off and throws it away. For the public group the experiment reads over the survey with the kid. Nominally this is to check for errors, but in reality it just assures the kid knows that the experimenter knows of his study plans.

A week later they have the kids fill out a form to on which days they studied. Those who’s intentions remained private studied 40% more!
psychology  behavior  intention  public  private  privacy 
may 2009 by tsuomela

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