Time for Change

Over the past few weeks my friend, and fellow MIT student, Akash G. Shah and I have been working on a paper for a class here at MIT. The class is called 6.805 Ethics and Law on the Electronic Frontier, and focuses on internet policy and privacy rights. We completed our paper, Time for Change: Why the Age of Digital Mail Requires New Legislation, yesterday.

If you have any interest in privacy on the internet, you might find it worthwhile. We had some good interviews, illustrated some interesting scenarios, and did some preliminary analysis. The main idea is that email is no longer just text based messages. Everyday people use email more and more like a digital filing cabinet, storing large quantities of personal, senstive, and privaate data. That information should remain private, and people expect it to. Currently laws that regulate electronic communications are not adequate to protect the privacy of Americans. This is why we feel it is Time for Change.

Unbotching 6th Photo

I missed the 6th page part of the 6th photo meme. Here’s the real 6th photo from my 6th page, it’s the free 8gb Zune I got from work this summer, it’s not as cool a picture as my botched sixth photo.

Free Zune

6th flickr

Every so often my good buddy Andrew Mager tags me to participate in some internet meme. Well today it’s the “post the sixth photo from flickr photostream” meme. So here’s my sixth photo. It’s a picture of my buddy Dan standing with the Burger King King guy somewhere along the New Jersey turnpike. We were on a roadtrip to wait in line for tickets to a free Sufjan Stevens show in Washington D.C.. It really was a great trip. I’m going to tag some my ever growing circle of blogging peoples: Teaganita, Pope, Jack, Dean, and Miss Bread. Enjoy.


Inform Your Vote

Personally I’ve been following this presidential election more closely than any past election in my lifetime. Here are a couple good/cool links I’ve found for tracking election information.

RealClearPolitics is a great source of links to articles and blogs from large media outlets. They also have a good overview of recent polling information.

FiveThirtyEight is all about polling information and statistical analysis. If you like politics and you like numbers you’ll probably find something up your alley on this site. There is a LOT of information here to help you visualize the race.

TheLivingRoomCandidate is an archive of past/present campaign videos and advertisements. You can learn a lot and see how ad strategies have been used in the past and continue to be used today.

Hopefully you’ll find some good reading on any or all of these sites, and if you have any others I didn’t mention, feel free to share the link.

Friends Don’t Let Friends Sleep and IM

There are two things I have a tendency to do quite often.  Stay up really late, and IM friends/family/whoever.  Every once in a while these two events reach and extreme and combine to a perfect storm.  When that happens I wake up in the living room or with my face on the keyboard to IM windows that look like this.