Thanks for waiting so patiently for our next installment. Charley and I are back in the city by the bay after a productive week in London, England.
On this week’s show, we bring you everything you need to know about Internet Voting — the pros, the cons, and how extensively it is already being adopted in the United States (and abroad). To help us out, we speak to Dr. Bill Kelleher, blogger and author of Internet Voting Now!
As always, we start with a quick round-up of some other stories from the past two weeks.
First, we focus on the JOBS act. The bill is an incredible (read: rare) bipartisan effort that makes it easier for start-ups to raise capital. Silicon Valley is happy and the economy should also benefit as a result. For now, we just need to wait and see what the SEC has to say about the bill, and how best it can be implemented to avoid the most unnecessary risks.
Next, we talk about Jill Lapore’s article in the New Yorker re-examining gun control laws, and gun-ownership culture in light of the tragic Trayvon Martin shooting. What did we take away? While there are more and more guns in circulation in the U.S., fewer and fewer people are owning guns. In other words, more guns are concentrated in the hands of a minority. We encourage you all to take a look at the stats.
Finally, there is the exciting news that the Supreme Court is set to re-think the controversial Citizens United decision. For once, it seems that Charley and I are in agreement, predicting that the two-year-old ruling will be overturned.
If Citizens United lowers the voice of the ordinary person, surely Internet voting is a great antidote, democratizing the political process and increasing access to the ballot. For this debate, we talk to Dr Bill Kelleher about the benefits of online ballots, the security dangers (and what we can do about them) and the unexpected news that some 30 states already have semi-online voting in place for military personnel. Tune in to hear the whole debate !
To end the show, we preview next week’s podcast when we’ll be covering the newest tech and IP issues. From Google to Oracle to Twitter. It’ll be one not to miss.
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