The Rules of the Gun Debate

It is almost as though the debating rules for the gun debate in the US are designed to ensure that the debate is never resolved.

Twenty people were killed in a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas on August 4, 2019. Just as I finished proofreading this post at around 0215 on August 5, 2019, my phone received a notification of a different mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio.

Sigh.

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/10/the-real-common-sense-tactics-the-debate-is-missing/542229/

Note that this post references an article in The Atlantic which is dated October 6, 2017.

“Lockdown – The coming war on general-purpose computing”

Way way back in December of 2011, science fiction author Cory Doctorow gave a speech at the Chaos Computer Conference in Berlin. He later turned the speech into the article referenced below. That article contains the following amazing paragraph:

“As a member of the Walkman generation, I have made peace with the fact that I will require a hearing aid long before I die. It won’t be a hearing aid, though; it will really be a computer. So when I get into a car—a computer that I put my body into—with my hearing aid—a computer I put inside my body—I want to know that these technologies are not designed to keep secrets from me, or to prevent me from terminating processes on them that work against my interests.”

Sadly, we seem to be well on our way to living in a world where technologies, wearable and otherwise, are being deployed which are designed to keep secrets from us, which are designed to prevent us from being able to control them, and which are even designed to prevent us from turning them off.

https://boingboing.net/2012/01/10/lockdown.html

“Privacy watchdog taking Facebook to court, says company breached privacy laws”

I’m not sure just how much a Canadian court can do to fix the Facebook privacy trainwreck but somebody has to try.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/privacy-watchdog-cambridge-analytica-facebook-1.5110304