Mark Gritter (markgritter) wrote,
Mark Gritter
markgritter

Jaw-dropping

Chinese government official denies Net censorship. "Sometimes we have trouble accessing [web sites]."

So in China it's not "the Internet interprets censorship and damage and routes around it" but rather "the Internet interprets damage as censorship and overhypes it"? Right.

.... on the subject of politics, I looked at Sun's rating of congresscritters (how they voted on bills Sun decided to care about.) I found it sort of pointless because I really couldn't tell whether they were actually "interesting" votes or not without a lot of work. What I'd like is some measure of how likely a different representative would have been to vote differently. If nearly everybody in the Senate votes to pass a bill to expand the number of H-1B visas available, then the chances are that whoever is running to replace your Senator would have voted the same way. But if it was a close-run thing then maybe changing your Senator would make a difference. Instead most special-interest voting record metrics just seem to tally up a list of bills.

All that ignores, of course, that the real influence is in drafting the bills in committees rather than just voting for them. Which is certainly something I'd like to get better visibility into, on the whole.
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