[LINK] We're all pirates (again)

Richard Chirgwin rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au
Sun Mar 6 12:49:21 AEDT 2011

On 6/03/11 12:42 PM, Alex (Maxious) Sadleir wrote:
> 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/
...Just the kind of thing that led me to noticing that the content biz 
has appointed a lobbyist:


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