Rudolf Elmer Launches website

Rudolf Elmer, the key source in the Wikileaks/BJB story, has created a website Swiss Whistleblower. Some of the information he’d been posting at Wikileaks will now be posted to the new website.

Constructive Media: Policy Management

This describes an exercise in building a constructive media process.

Let’s begin by saying that an organization has policies, bylaws, guidelines, position papers which govern the behavior of its members; for this exercise we will use “policies” as the generic term covering all of them. The organization has two main responsibilities: publish the policies, and understand how they are actually being employed by members.

How come I didn’t hear about the buzz agents next door?

Thanks to the Rob Walker’s article in the NY Times today — the media does not get more elite or mainstream than that– I learned about BzzAgent, the company that pioneered Word of Mouth marketing over two years ago. The article also the curious story of David Wallace, a London man who began a cult all by himself simply by asking people to sign up. They do good deeds.

Still not joining the DO NOT CALL movement

I’m holding out from joining what is perhaps the fastest growing political movement in the modern world– which, in 3 days attracted 10 million adherents, and 3 months attracted 40 million more– the national “DO NOT CALL” registry.

Identity Theft? Why not an instant-audit trail on credit card transactions?

You’d think, with financial fraud costing society about $35 billion last year (that’s over $100 per person), the credit institutions would do more to fix this. While they talk mightily about the fantastic biometric technologies on the horizon, they keep a lot of people employed handling all of this identity fraud and pitching “Identify Theft Solutions”. But they don’t have to. Here’s a breathtakingly simple solution: start having the major credit card companies, as well as the major credit bureaus, register people’s email and SMS addresses.

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