Protecting Civil Liberties During a Public Health Crisis

In coming weeks and months, some people are likely to propose various monitoring and tracking mechanisms for the public (or sections of the public) in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Indeed, I did a couple of weeks ago – to identify people coming to the island. Such solutions can be an important part of the public health response, but these need to be managed carefully to protect legitimate democratic freedoms.

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This is not a drill: Concrete proposals for saving the Manx economy in response to Coronavirus

I attended a meeting of local Manx small businesses the other night (Wednesday, 18 March) – and hearing the stories from the small business operators, it became quickly that the way things are currently heading, this is not going to be an ordinary recession.

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How I think the Chief Minister should communicate with the Manx Public

A friend asked me how I would communicate with the Manx public. This communication strategy is entirely separate from the issue of the content, which I’ve discussed elsewhere on this website. If I were advising the Chief Minister, I would advise two separate tracks: Track One: Communicate directly to the public Get a colleague to ask the Chief Minister the questions that the people of … Continue reading How I think the Chief Minister should communicate with the Manx Public

Universal human rights are more important in a globalised world

Thousands of years ago, Judaism introduced a new and enduring concept to human civilization: the idea that every human was made in the image of God. On the sixth day of creation, they said, God made man in His image. For the first time in human history, there was a people who believed that a man’s right to dignity was universal.

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Forget the Elgin Marbles — give the Chronicles of the Kings of Mann back

James Barr, writing for Unherd.com, argued that the relics of the regions should be returned from London to where they came from. This principle should apply not just to British historical artifacts, but also to Manx historical relics – after all, in the British Library, the Chronicles of the Kings of Mann and Isles are just another book amongst millions. On the Isle of Man, … Continue reading Forget the Elgin Marbles — give the Chronicles of the Kings of Mann back

Want to get a job in America? Don’t study abroad in Europe, study abroad in Asia

I wonder whether this applies to people seeking work in the UK – Do employers value study abroad in Europe, or North America, or Asia? It funny as it applies to the USA, though: Compared to resumes that list no study abroad experience, resumes that list study abroad experience in Asia regardless of length are about 20 percent more likely to receive a callback for … Continue reading Want to get a job in America? Don’t study abroad in Europe, study abroad in Asia

Regulatory Red Tape Increases Corruption

When you think about this, this is completely obvious – but it is nice to have data to prove that another hidden cost of excessive regulatory burdens is more corruption. From World Bank researchers: Exploiting within-country and industry-level variation in regulatory burden, the analysis finds a large, positive effect of regulatory burden on corruption. For the baseline results, the bribery rate is higher by about … Continue reading Regulatory Red Tape Increases Corruption

How the Manx Government used sneaky tricks to sell its budget

After I was interviewed by Paul Moulton at Manx Telecom TV the other day about the Manx Government’s sneaky budget, I spoke to him off-camera about how the Manx Government uses some pretty simple but sneaky moves to manipulate the public by fiddling with graphs in its public communications campaign.

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Mass Databases Create Personal Surveillance Risks

I shared a post yesterday about a new effort to enable people to better secure their personal information. I think there is an obvious benefit to people having access to information about themselves: being able to record my weight, for example, has helped me to better manage it.

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