[LINK] We're all pirates (again)

Alex (Maxious) Sadleir maxious at gmail.com
Sun Mar 6 12:42:02 AEDT 2011

On Sun, Mar 6, 2011 at 8:57 AM, Richard Chirgwin
<rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au> wrote:
> Does anyone else get sick of journalism as lazy as this?
> http://www.theage.com.au/technology/nation-of-unrepentant-pirates-costs-900m-20110305-1bix5.html
> One question - just one - would have helped. Like "who is Sphere
> Analysis" (who conducted the research)?
> Answer: a business name registered in NSW last November. Wouldn't that
> raise the suspicion that the whole thing is astroturf?
> (It's more than about time that ASIC published the ownership of
> companies and business names online for free)

That kind of data enables sites like http://poligraft.com/ which
allows you to view any website or block of text with the names
highlighted and information about their political donations/lobbyist
connections. Based on some semantic analysis technology freely
available from Calais http://www.opencalais.com/

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