Posted on November 12th, 2003 by Craig Newmark
You might have read today about a study regarding your privacy when you
post on online job sites:
here's the version in the Chronicle
The articles focus on the bad guys, not the sites which do a good job
preserving your privacy.
Well, we're pretty proud of our privacy practices.
Pam Dixon, who wrote the study, says
"craigslist is at the very top of the list among job sites when it comes
to privacy pratices and compliance."
Posted on November 10th, 2003 by Craig Newmark
Okay, it was a good babies and dog weekend, involving a fair amount of drool avoidance.
However, the vital lesson regards a new observation regarding baby amusement.
Apparently, while they appreciate jumping up and down, it's the arm flapping that provides them with such entertainment. In retrospect, I should test arm flapping independently of jumping up and down, but that only occured to me now.
Posted on November 9th, 2003 by Craig Newmark
I think most politicians really want to get free of special interest money and the resulting commitments to those special interests.
The only way that can happen is to turn over fund raising to many thousands of supporters, almost certainly connected through the Net. I think that can liberate a candidate from a few well-funded groups.
I think that's why it's important that Howard Dean turned down public financing. People who're a lot smarter than me have commented that it's a smart strategy, and that feels right.
However, it's time that our representatives got back on track, and need to worry less about raising money for the next election. This is a push in the right direction.
Posted on November 6th, 2003 by Craig Newmark
Hey, I'm getting tired of the situation, so I'm doing a little something
to help out.
I've just created a little personal foundation, which is sending a small
amount of cash to two different groups. Both are getting eye exams and
glasses to poor kids on both sides of the border.
I figure this helps the moderates of both sides, in a very tiny way, which
is the best I could do right now.
Aside from that, I can use your advice regarding two efforts:
Posted on November 4th, 2003 by Craig Newmark
Current day politics is a matter of money and who you know, and doesn't
deliver results … which is why most of us have given up on politics.
However, people connecting via the Internet are changing this, by
combining their voices to organize, raise funds, and get the word out.
Everyday people have gotten serious about change; this is not
well-intentioned but futile activism.
It looks like it's working, the most notable examples are the Dean
campaign, and the online petitions from people like Consumers'
Union/Reports. Consumers' Union has helped pass strong financial privacy
and anti-spam laws in California.
I'm figuring out how to make a microscopic contribution of my own along
these lines, and like usual, I don't know what I'm doing. However, I'm
one persistent nerd-boy, and I'm getting help from experienced political
ops, who like the culture of trust on craigslist.
If you're interested… some special interests in Washington are
threatening to pre-empt the financial privacy and antispam laws, and
Consumers' Union/Reports have a good online system which allows you to
send something to your representatives regarding financial privacy:
financial privacy now
I just heard, moments ago, that the amendment to fix this was defeated,
more to come, this fight ain't over.
and also note:
escape from cell hell
I've been talking to staffers in Sacramento and Washington; they tell me
that a system which qualifies petitioners as constituents will get their
Finally, it looks like maybe the following folks have a real serious shot
at a mass peace movement for the Mideast, and I could use your feedback:
OneVoice/silent no longer