[LINK] The net according to Cerf (at Davos)

Rick Welykochy rick at praxis.com.au
Mon Jan 29 10:43:37 AEDT 2007

Stewart Fist wrote:
> Howard writes:
>> We need the legislators - to impose serviceability requirements on
>> computer users and to enforce ISPs to police those laws.  It would have
>> a spin-on effect of generating service work in the IT industry, and
>> should be linked to the licencing of IT practitioners.
> <large snip>
>> Flatter government, not fatter government; abolish the Australian states.
> How do you reconcile these two statements ?

In Howard's defense, I would say that

(a) flatter government does not mean we do not enact further desperately
     needed legislation; and
(b) flatter government implies less bureaucracy imho, not less legislation; and
(c) flatter government could well mean less "unneeded" legislation.

Regarding point (c), a respected judge in Canada reviewed the Canadian Criminal
Code back in the 1970's (or so) and found it could be reduced easily to 1/10th
of its current size. It would take a lot of will and a lot of rewriting to do so.
Why for example is there a law outlawing the pilfering of lobster from lobster


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