TAD 20110719 Internet, Euro, Middle East

Two months since the last issue- a slightly new format, and a new publishing venue.

Changes:

  • instead of using Facebook, I decided to shift the publication of TAD, so that no registration will be needed
  • it will not be daily- I will create a new post when relevant, and otherwise simply announce the articles’ links on twitter
  • I will add to each “section” a short commentary (less than 200 words)
  • some of the links are “mobile” links: following few experiments, I decided to do my newspaper browsing when and were relevant, not at a specific time of the day
  • I will try to keep the sources to those publishing in English- adding only French, German, and Spanish (languages that usually are translated more or less correctly by GoogleTranslate)

To further help you save time: @robertolofaro will be the location where I will post each article worth sharing, and TAD-style abstracts (i.e. when one or more articles refer to an interesting trend), while on @aleph123 I will re-post only links on international affairs.

Keywords for this issue? #baidu #business #china #crisis #east #ecb #euro #imf #internet #ipr #israel #middle #music

Do not worry about the number of links: the articles are actually segments that, in the spirit of WikiPatterns, I coalesced under a single unit, albeit I collected the segments across few days.

Number 1: from NYT, WSJ- the business of Internet

Evolving #Internet #business http://t.co/wlGZfYg #Baidu #China #music #IPR http://t.co/X6nHhYX

I remember that, not too long ago, somebody showed a document defending the right, for a developing country, to be “flexible” about copyright and the associated licensing costs.

That country was China, as you would expect. But the source was… a document from the USA referring to a dispute in the XIX century, as British authors complained that pirated copies of their books often appeared in shops before their licensed copies hit the shelves (sounds familiar?).

But the market is expanding, and Chinese consumers are buying and becoming more affluent, and therefore also the most popular search engine signed an agreement to sell music downloads.

Interesting point: a search engine, not an online shop- and probably this is an interesting trend in itself.

Or: after cutting off the “brick-and-mortar” middlemen, this is the time when also the digital ones will have to show some value added (but Amazon and the like saw the trend- hence, Kindle).

Number 2: from WSJE, El Pais, Le Monde, FAZ, Foreign Affairs- is the Euro a political or an economic choice (yes, I wrote this same phrase two months ago- but nothing changed)?

#Euro #crisis #IMF #ECB and beyond: http://t.co/9lugSvB http://t.co/80pY0hL http://t.co/sSuyOJ2 http://t.co/LiZhIOO http://t.co/QKHFzOH

I did actually pre-select few more articles, as I had been postponing my news review for few days.

Eventually, it was a tough call to remove all the “gloomy because it is trendy” articles, and find those that were actually providing information and ideas.

I disagree on many things that Mr. Issing says (the FAZ interview), but if you followed TAD or this blog before, you know that I too think that the European Union has still a democratic deficit- and that the Constitution was a clear example: a contract, not an inspiration for generations to come.

Therefore, on that point, I agree: it is not a technical issue, it is a political choice, as it was Mr. Kohl’s choice long ago when setting the exchange rate for the DDR currency.

As the articles from Foreign Affairs and Le Monde hint, probably a longer-term perspective is needed: considering also that non-EU countries are increasing the share of the EU sovereign debt that they “support”, directly and indirectly, and therefore it is something more than just an internal issue.

Number 3: from Foreign Affairs, Le Monde, NYT, Xinhua- Middle East and improving analysis, while thinking about the peace process

#Middle #East #peace #Israel t.co/Koq5UmF t.co/IYVou76 t.co/xxlmAh3 t.co/YtYsWRJ t.co/U1PJ8p2

Everybody was discussing “why we did not see it coming”- I am obviously referring to the regime changes that started in late 2010 in the Middle East.

But the real question probably is: what does that say about the analysis that was used to support the various rounds of the peace process?

If you have time and are interested, visit the Foreign Affairs’ website, and buy the electronic version (less than 10 USD) of their book reviewing what happened, and what did we miss.

And, before you ask: no, I have no commercial agreement with them- just suggesting something more relevant than plenty of ponderous books and essays that I read since the early 1980s on the peace process.

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