Up and Coming Bills you Should be worried About as a Tech Consumer

A trio of oppressive bills were introduced into debate in 2011. All three of them have misleading names. The “Protecting Children from Internet Pornographers Act,” the “Stop Online Piracy Act,” and the “Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act” all sound like reasonable and germane actions for a legislative body to take. However, all three conceal distinctly anti-Internet provisions under the cover of moral outrage.

The PCIPA is possibly the most disingenuous. It does not actually contain any measures that pertain to Internet pornography at

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The Five Most Politically Advanced Governments

Politics aims to apply ideas to improve society. The best politically advanced governments develop gradually not overnight.

Countries exhibiting strong level of human development tend to have politically advanced governments. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) code the rankings as human development index or HDI. The following is the top five countries with high HDI based on the 2013 report. The figures below do not factor in inequality.

1. Norway 0.955

Norway is a Scandinavian country with a social democratic political system. Since the country is near the Arctic Circle, the population is not large. With a controllable population, the

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Why Are TV Commercials So Loud?

If you get your television through services like www.cable.tv, then you might have noticed something strange whenever a commercial comes on. Does it often sound or feel like the commercials are somehow louder than the program you were watching? What causes that? Are advertisers boosting their volume?

Believe it or not, the answer is no.

It seems hard to believe but the fact of the matter is that broadcasters are held to incredibly strict policies on everything including volume. Broadcasters are required to have equipment that limits the peak volume on both audio and video signals. What this means is that the commercials you hear are only as loud as the loudest part of a television program.

That’s where they get you.

You see, television programs have mixed audio levels. They are never consistently loud or soft. They might seem quieter during a conversation and louder when an explosion happens.

What advertisers do is find the loudest possible audio level a broadcaster will go and have the volume in a commercial consistently that loud. It’s one of the little ways they try to grab your attention.

Unfortunately, at the moment, there isn’t a whole lot that can be done about this. The Federal Communications Commission can’t regulate the specific volume range on both programs and commercials.

The best advice anyone can offer you, for now, is to have the remote handy unless you want to be blasted.

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Why Tech Companies Should Push for More Government Transparency

When it comes to true government transparency and tech companies, it’s all about data. Advocates pushing for government transparency like Hudson Hollister point out that inventorying, consolidating, and tracking important government data can prevent accounting fraud, and this is just the beginning.

Transparent Data System
Tech companies can benefit from government transparency particularly when a standard online data system is published and accessible. When governments standardize online information and make it simpler to search and decipher a wealth of information quickly.I found some more

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Will Political Thought Ever Catch Up with Technology?

As we’ve seen with recent debates about government regulations on the internet, many citizens feel that political decision makers are out of touch with current technology. This is not a new problem: we have faced these issues before, with the advent of broadcast radio, television and even telephones.

Politics, by its very nature, is slow to change. This is because the political landscape governs the very fabric of our society. If it could be changed in an instant, this would lead to an inherently unstable system. Technology,

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Can “Open” Government powered by Tech Actually Work?

New technology creates many new opportunities to increase the openness of government and enhance the public’s ability to become informed. Because of the internet it has become easier to make public documents available without forcing people to go to government offices to track them down. Online citizen journalism projects allow everyone to report and comment on public affairs. The ease with which one can make and put videos online has made it possible for people to observe first hand events they could never attend in person.

Yet this new transparency is not

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Why the Next War Will be Fought Digitally – And What Politicians can do Now

Technology has made it easy for the little guy to attack the big guy. War does not have to be fought on the traditional battlefield anymore. A skilled team of computer hackers can bring a country’s economy down to its knees. But what can politicians do to prepare for such a new form of warfare?

Politicians should make sure that the country has a back up plan in the event that certain websites, accounts, or communications are compromised.

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How Technology is Revolutionizing Passports

One of the things that people always have trouble with when they are travelling abroad is not knowing if they are going to be able to get their passport in time. This has caused many people to miss vacations and important trips. People who lost their passports in the past have also had to wait a long time in a foreign place to be able to actually get back home, which is scary and stressful if

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