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political philosophy

Five Predictions for 2017

by Ian Rosenwach 1.2.2017

Here’s my shot at predicting what 2017 will bring – 1. Privatization – Federal government programs from healthcare to social security will be under constant threat of privatization. It’s already been floated for the VA healthcare system. It’s not a fun year to be a federal government employee – our institutions will be scrutinized like […]

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What is “Fake News”?

by Ian Rosenwach 11.15.2016

Yesterday Google and Facebook both announced they were cracking down on “fake news” sites that are using their ad networks to make money. First some background: Google and Facebook have publisher networks that display ads sold by Google on their site.  The revenue from those ads is split between the Publisher and Google. For publishers […]

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Is the Internet a public utility?

by Ian Rosenwach 2.3.2014

The question is, Has the Internet become so fundamental to our lives that it is, in essence, a utility that should be subject to regulation? (NYT) Nick Bilton poses the above question today on the New York Times’ website. It’s a question that is at the heart of the net neutrality debate. Net neutrality refers […]

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The “Welfare Queen” and the Battle for Digital Identity

by Ian Rosenwach 12.26.2013

This past weekend I read a great piece by Josh Levin in Slate about Linda Taylor, the “Welfare Queen” of  Chicago. She was made famous because Ronald Reagan used her in the mid-70’s as an example of the excess of the welfare state. The full piece is well worth the read. To use Linda Taylor as […]

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Lessons from Steve Jobs

by Ian Rosenwach 8.24.2011

Steve Jobs means a lot of things to a lot of people.  I thought I’d write down a few themes which I think he personifies. There’s a lot to say and plenty of people saying it! Here’s my .02 – Inspiring Leadership Scales – Steve gives Apple a soul.  I’ve visited the Apple campus and […]

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Malcolm Gladwell and France’s take on Business Heros

by Ian Rosenwach 1.16.2010

In this month’s New Yorker, Malcolm Gladwell has a piece entitled “The Sure Thing” (digital subscription required) about entrepreneurs and risk.  Gladwell builds on a recent book by a couple French scholars called “From Predators to Risk: Exposing the Myth of the Business Hero” (only in France, how un-Ayn Rand of them). According to Gladwell, […]

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