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[liberationtech] Flaming on the List? vs. Information Theory's application to the Social Decision Process.!

Peter Lindener lindener.peter at
Mon Feb 21 11:36:53 PST 2011

   Dear fellow Lib-Techys -

    I don't want place a damper on robust discussion of real issues
regarding the critical need for transparency of Government from a more
Information Theoretic point of view.... That is.. If government is to be
effectively regulated, It kind of goes with out saying that the true nature
of that government, by necessity would need to be properly visible to those
who are doing the regulation.

   Then, Stanford tends to be a place where fairly bright people, tend to
cover topics in more thoughtful ways.... and the "On Anonymous" thread seems
to be a bit more charged than truly leaves me feeling comfortable.....

  The topic I bring to this thread, The nature of Information Theory's
relationship to the very definition of genuin democracy, and the Internet
era ramifications,  Is in deed (for some) a seemingly charged topic.....
mostly because it promises to profoundly reshape our socio-political
landscape.  On the other hand, It is the intelect, and inclination towards
very thoughtful, mutually respecting discussion that is apt to be the reason
most all of us have subscribed to this list.

   My own preference is that if there is a conflict going on between someone
on the list and "Anonymous", that dragging the conflict into Stanford's more
thoughtful community for discussion should be done with hesitation....   I
value the possibility that those choosing to think more deeply about how
Information as well as Game theory may come to profoundly shape our world in
the internet era,  Thus I feel it would be a true shame for this list to
instead be taken over by those who would might just be wanting to flame
about there already established conflict on the web..

   Did any one see my Intro titled "Lib-tech list Intro, Information
Theoretic Democracy..."
I tend to be a bit dryer in my analysis of things....  prioritization of
edges in cyclical ranked pairwise majority's,   probability density
functions representing Voter uncertainty over wide open Ranked Choice spaces
resolved from crowed sourced distillation process of the very best
thinking...and the like.

I cherish the privilege of also enjoying and being part of Stanford's
intellectual community.
    It would be great if someone were to respond with some sense of a
welcome response.

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