Hugh McGuire

publishing, technology, media, philosophy, a bit of politics.

Category: politics

Feds kill govt accountability registry

OTTAWA–The federal Conservatives have quietly killed a giant information registry that was used by lawyers, academics, journalists and ordinary citizens to hold government accountable. The registry, created in 1989, is an electronic list of every request filed to all federal departments and agencies under the Access to Information Act. Known as CAIRS, for Co-ordination of […]

the debate

An Open Letter to Charlie Gibson and George Stephanapoulos, By Will Bunch, The Philadelphia Daily News: Dear Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos, It’s hard to know where to begin with this, less than an hour after you signed off from your Democratic presidential debate here in my hometown of Philadelphia, a televised train wreck that […]

thoughts on subprimes

I posted something on Twitter about this, but that’s a stupid place to write about something as complex as the subprime mortgage problem, so I’ll do a little run-down here. In particular, I am struck by the (lefty) media spin, which is, roughly: The government will bail out the big banks, and leave ordinary homeowners […]


I wonder why I am so obsessed with the torture issue in the US (and elsewhere of course). I think it’s because of how quickly mainstream US society (and I guess to a lesser degree Canadian society) just accepted the change from being a country that abhors torture as a categorical evil, to a society […]

One Nation Under Google

Well worth checking out. One Nation Under Google: Citizenship in the Technological Republic A public talk by Professor Darin Barney Canada Research Chair in Technology & Citizenship, McGill University. Friday, March 14, 2008 Arts W-215, 853 Sherbrooke Street West, McGill University 18h30, free Does more technology equal more freedom? While the nuts and bolts of […]


the green laptop, ploughs & drugs

By designing for the poorest people in the world, the One Laptop Per Child has developed a green machine with no peers. Radically lower power consumption, much less toxic crap. Here’s Mary-Lou Jepsen talking about it: I had a conversation last night with my neighbour, who tells me that 80% of food production in the […]

lego, power, open projects

Kids in a school start building Legotown. Eventually, powerful Legotown figures emerge, and inequalities surface. Some kids are excluded from Legotown, some control the enterprise, some struggle against each other; trading markets develop for various pieces. Teachers get nervous. Eventually, Legotown gets destroyed by external forces, and teachers ponder what they’ve wrought, and start a […]

kierkegaard ’08

Mmmm, Danish: [via: ernietheattorney]

national post on copyright

This looks like a tide-turning event: National Post’s editorial on copyright reads: For Canada to introduce DMCA-style legislation now would do nothing but encourage nuisance lawsuits. There is nothing wrong with tough rules against copyright infringement, but criminalizing behaviour that might facilitate copyright infringement only incidentally is the wrong approach. If that road had been […]