Mayday PAC’s goal: return Congress to the people

Would you like to change our government so that it works for its citizens, rather than its corporations? Have a look at Harvard Law School professor Larry Lessig has created Mayday PAC (Political Action Committee) to change the American political landscape. Their FAQ states


The Mayday PAC is a super PAC. That means it spends the money it collects independently of any political campaign. But the ultimate aim of this super PAC is to end the dominance of super PACs in our elections.

We want fundamental reform that will change the way elections are funded. The first step towards that goal is to elect a Congress that will enact fundamental reform. Once we have that Congress, we will then consider the constitutional reform that will secure fundamental reform.

Mr. Lessig has consistently objected to government’s over-reach. Last year he denounced federal prosecutors for their overzealous prosecution of information access advocate Aaron Swartz.

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Apple’s Tim Cook looks ahead at WWDC

Today, Apple CEO Tim Cook delivered the keynote address at Apple’s World-Wide Developers Conference. His speech should quell fears that Apple lost its way since Steve Jobs’ death.

imageAll new product announcements were software only: OS X v10.10, IOS 8, and a replacement for Apple’s Objective C programming language called Swift. I like the opening of the iPhone 5S thumbprint reader interface to third-party IOS 8 app developers. This could allow banking apps to use the reader as second-factor user authentication, which could help secure bank accounts.

Mr. Cook promised more integration with Apple’s iCloud. If Apple succeeds, this could hurt Google Drive, Dropbox, and Microsoft OneDrive, but Apple’s previous cloud efforts have been troubled: Mobile Me was a mess and today’s iCloud has problems. So we’ll wait and see.

For most of today’s announced products, we’ll need to wait until autumn 2014, when they begin shipping.

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