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Who represents the human in the digital age?

A version of this was written for NPC’s “State of the Sector” report. What do we mean by “digital”? In his book The Code Economy [1] Philip E. Auerswald talks about the long history of humans developing code as a mechanism by which to create and regulate activities and markets. We have Codes of Practice, […]

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The semantics of climate change and the question of ecological stewardship

This week the Climate Commission released a report written by the CSIRO and Australian Bureau of Meteorology entitled “The science behind southeast Australia’s wet, cool summer“. The report concluded that: The Earth’s surface is warming rapidly and the climate is changing. The quintessential Australian cycle of intense droughts and flooding rains will continue into the […]

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Zero growth, perhaps time for a rethink!

Zero growth, perhaps time for a rethink!

We are facing a time of “zero growth” we are told!  The Australian Treasurer Wayne Swan fronted the TV audience from New York and announced that growth in the major western markets was stalling.  Aha!  I thought!  Could it be that the world financial crisis might lead to even a modest return to the ‘basics’, […]

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