Yet more Copyright

Last week, the JURE committee of the European Voted to approve the current draft of the EU Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market this includes proposals to implement a link tax and that ISSPs must implement something akin to Google’s Content ID, to defend copyright from whatever. These are now it seems called upload filters. I’ve read a bit and here are my notes. Continue reading “Yet more Copyright”

IUSY 77

I attended the IUSY 77 Congress in Stuttgart, as part of the Labour Students delegation and stayed for the summer camp. I still remember some of the fabulous conversations I had and the amazing campaigning comrades that I met from the (West) German JUSOS and other parties across the world.

Were you there? Do you remember me?

Stability & Growth Pact

Do the EU treaties inhibit a Labour Government? Much of the debate focuses on industrial policy. Could a Labour Government nationalise an industry? (Yes!) Can it subsidise companies? (Not if this inhibits European companies from entering a market.) Could a Labour Government introduce a minimum wage? (Yes!).  A more interesting question is around Macro-economic policy. Here are my notes on the Stability & Growth Pact (SGP). Continue reading “Stability & Growth Pact”

Small Scale CRM

I offered my advice to a correspondent who asked for advice on data mapping between old and new data models for a membership system. They are a smallish non-profit. I did some research which I hope you find interesting or useful. My advice is shaped by my experience which includes as you can see, a lot of time in corporate IT. My attitude and judgements are shaped by  this experience. i.e. my judgements might be too expensive for a charity. Continue reading “Small Scale CRM”

Fragment on machines

I think I’ll try and get to grip with this, but Marx is very hard read. I am also particularly interested in his views on General Intellect, it seems he agrees that software should be free, but then he also thought that workers should run the state. The fragment on machines is part of the Grundrisse. Here are my notes: Continue reading “Fragment on machines”