Friday, October 17, 2014

Informatization of judiciaries/informatización de los poderes judiciales

In today's class of Legal Aspects of E-Government (and optional modules in the Law degree) we are dealing with the informatization of judiciaries in Argentina. For those of us that have been dealing with E-things for more than fifteen years, it results still strange that this topic comes up as “news” is good though, so we can publish a book chapter on it.
El la clase de hoy de Aspectos Legales del Gobierno Electrónico (una materia optativa de la carrera de Abogacía) tratamos el tema de la informatización de los poderes judiciales en Argentina. Para aquellos de nosotros que hemos estado tratando con cosas electrónicas por más de quince años, todavía resulta extraño que este tópico se presente como “noticia”...sin embargo es bueno, así podemos escribir un capítulo de un libro sobre eso.

VIII Cogreso de Derecho Informático

VIII Computer Law Conference/VIII Congreso de Derecho Informático

Jointly organized by the Law Programme of the Universidad Nacional de Rio Negro and ADIAR, Asociacion de Derecho Informatico de Argentina (Argentine Computer Law Association), the VIII Conference of Computer Law will take place in Viedma on this coming 30 and 31 of October. There will be speakers from different parts of Argentina and Brasil, and programme will be available shortly.
Corganizado por la carrera de Abogacía de la Universidad Nacional de Río Negro y ADIAR, Asociación de Derecho Informático de Argentina, el VIII Congreso de Derecho Informático tendrá lugar en Viedma los días 30 y 31 de octubre de este año. Habrá ponentes de diferentes partes de Argentina y Brasil y el programa estará disponible en breve.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Winter's end/El fin del invierno

Winter's end El fin del invierno
After two long years without posting here and like a cicada that sings after a long time underground, it is time to return to blogging. I hope that as the trees grow stronger after the winter storms break apart their unhealthy branches, the many things that happened in the last two years allow my ideas and writing to bloom like in Spring. This time I plan to keep a bilingual blog, that allows Spanish speaking readers to access what is happening on the cyberlaw field in the Anglophone area and, in the same way, permits English speaking fellows to peak into the legal aspects of ICT on the lands that follow the words of Quixote.
Luego de dos largos años sin escribir nada acá y como una cigarra que canta luego de un largo período bajo la tierra, es tiempo de volver a bloguear. Espero que al igual que los arboles que crecen más fuertes luego de que las tormentas invernales rompen sus ramas mustias, las muchas cosas que han pasado en los últimos dos años permitan que mis ideas y mis escritos florezcan como en primavera. Esta vez planeo mantener un blog bilingue, que permita a los hispanohablantes acceder a lo que esta pasando en el campo del ciberderecho en el área anglófona y, de la misma manera, permita a los amigos que hablan inglés husmear en los aspectos legales del las TICs en las tierras que siguen las palabras del Quijote.

Monday, August 27, 2012

SID 2012

We are at SID 2012 (Argentine Symposyum on Law and Informatics) of which I am one of the co-chairs. After more than seven hours the day is resisting to end and we still have two more presentations to go.
The day has had a little of everything, but all interesting and current. The program is here at page 71 (I think) of the whole thing...

Estamos en el SID 2012 (Simposio de Informatica y Derecho) del cual soy uno de los co-chairs. Luego de siete horas el dia se resiste a terminar y todavia tenemos dos presentaciones mas.
El dia tuvo un poco de todo, pero todo interesante y actual. El programa esta aca en la pagina 71 (creo) del mamotreto...

Monday, August 13, 2012

The Return of Electromate/El Regreso de Electromate

After exactly two years without posting on this blog, I think that is time to return to it and to post the same sort of things as before but with more of a bilingual touch so to write in English things that happen in the Spanish speaking world and viceversa...if the force so allows me.

Luego de exactamente dos años sin escribir en este blog, pienso que es hora de regresar al mismo y escribir el mismo tipo de cosas que antes pero con un toque más bilingue, escribiendo en inglés cosas que pasan en el mundo hispánico y la fuerza me lo permite

Monday, August 23, 2010

"Facebook" list wins elections

A list composed by candidates that met through a Facebook group won the local elections at the beach town of El Condor in the Argentine Patagonia. The list, number 12 for the purposes of the election won the electoral contest against the incumbent, list number 7, getting almost 68% of the votes.
The list was formed by members of the Facebook group “Fanaticos del Balneario El Condor”, who through that group started to “talk” about the possibility of running for office to be the ones administrating the village. It is important to note that the two things the members of the list have in common are being fans of El Condor and Facebook, since as they clarify, regardless the political ideology of the candidates.
El Condor is a village by the sea in the Argentine Patagonia known for its extense beaches, the shallow sea and the practice of kite surfing. It also has the biggest colony of burrowing parrots in the world and it presents visitors with ample opportunities for both shore and boat fishing. 
The election had other IT particularity because one of the poll stations was set up using an electronic ballot box, which constitutes a novelty for the region.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Facebook’s new lawsuit

Paul D. Ceglia has filed a lawsuit in a New York Court alleging that he owns 84% of Facebook and, although Facebook is trying to dismiss it as a frivolous lawsuit, the Judge has found it to have enough entity to order a freeze in all asset transactions for Facebook. The issue arises from an allegation made by the plaintiff (claimant in England) that the current Facebook CEO, Zuckerberg, was paid U$S1000 to build the site, on which Ceglia kept 50% of the interest that grew 1% per day from January 1st 2004 until the day of completion, February 4th 2004. This implies that Ceglia owns 84% of the resulting site.
It is not the first time that Zuckerberg and Facebook  get involved into legal trouble originated in him taking either the idea, the code or, in this case, the whole company from somebody’s creativity (besides other cases for many other reasons). Settling this out of court will not help in convincing the more than 500 million users, most of whom are young, that rules are supposed to be complied with and that respecting others’ IP rights is needed...

Consumer Report also does not recommend iPhone 4

As explained in the previous post, it seems that Apple's disregard for costumers and the truth hit a wall with the facts about iPhone 4. The Cuppertino's compny blamed the carrier, then said that it was normal for many phones but Consumer Report tested them and concluded that it was not true: the problem is with the design of the phone and it is no joke...

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Disregard for the market and the Apple myth

Following a discussion that has years on the making, the company from Cupertino has given a new example that nerds and designers worship the company based on myths and snobbery more than on actual facts. It has been argued a zillion times that Apple products are better designed and built than Microsoft Windows based ones, and there has been always the argument that Microsoft represented the dark side of the force by always putting profits first while Apple was a more innovation and customer focused company. But has been any truth on that?
I have sustained for years that the only true part of the Apple myth is that in the beginning of the personal computer era it took a very bad business decision and that decision relegated it to the borders of the market, where there is a always a group of people that would defy rational analysis and claim that the product they are using is infinitely superior and the rest of the mortals are all idiots. Furthermore, there is a strong argument to support that today's information society and ubiquity of computers owe a lot to IBM and Microsoft opening of the PC and that it would have been much delayed if Apple's ideas of having the same manufacturer making the computer, the chip, the operative system and most of the software were prevailing ones. Just an example of how things could have been from the cost point of view, a Macbook Pro with Intel i5, 4GB RAM and 320 GB HD is U$S 1,799 plus tax when a Sonny VAIO with Intel i5, 4GB RAM and 500 GB HD is U$S799.99 plus tax (not being Sonny normally on the cheap side). In the same argument I also claimed that to know how consumer oriented a company was you needed to give it some important market share, some power, to see its behavior vis-a-vis its potential, smaller, competitors. That situation arrived with the iPod, where Apple had 73,8% of the market share in 2009 and showed how consumer friendly and pro-innovation Apple policies were. Prohibition to add your own apps, own digital format to ensure that you needed to buy from their store, ludicrously restrictive DRM, and the normal speech that their products were so good that if something did not work with them was because they were too advanced. A prime example of that is the Apple-Adobe saga, with Steve Jobs claiming between other things that Flash is an old technology and, therefore, Apple mobile devices don't support it. Without entering into the technical discussion and assuming, for the sake of the argument, that Steve Jobs is right, it ignores that fact that a lot of people actually uses Flash and it is so arrogant as to claim that because internal combustion engine is technologically old we shouldn't sell more petrol and we should force people to walk until they all can afford hydrogen-cell car. But what epitomizes the Apple myth of actual innovation and costumer care is the new iPhone 4.
It has been widely reported that the phone has a serious design flaw resulting from Apple's discovery that its users care more about good design than functionality (or even functioning) but they then will distort the facts to show how rational their choice has been. The story says that when you hold your new iPhone 4 in the normal way that you hold a normal mobile phone the signal strength drops substantially because in order to make it slimmer (and cooler) the phone antenna is the unprotected shinny part that cover the lower end of the phone, which you are touching when you hold it. Furthermore, if you are left-handed, holding it in a way that avoids touching the antenna would be quite impractical and "unnatural". What was the reply from the very innovative and consumer conscious company? ''Just avoid holding it in that way.''
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