What data and research are available on what motivates our
opposition and our supporters to leave the sidelines and support one
side or the other in conflict, to increase or decrease their level of
support? What can we do to lobby for more substantive unclassified
research on questions like these -- for better evidence-based
policy?[a] If we want to win the war on terror[b] or lobby more
effectively for better governmental policies more generally, I think we
need to understand better what motivates our opponents and supporters.
My research on terrorism, summarized in the Wikiversity article
on "Winning the War on Terror", says that more Americans have died in
the average year since 2000 (or any other date for which data are
available), drowning in bathtubs, hot tubs and spas than have succumbed
to terrorism,[c] which suggests that the "War on Terror" is more about
maintaining elite control of the media and the political process than it
is about terrorism. The military is the least effective approach to
terrorism. Terrorists have been more likely to win than be defeated
militarily. Much more effective has been negotiations, like the Good
Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland, and honest law enforcement.[d]
What are we doing and what can we do to lobby more effectively
for better use of data in public policy?
Thanks, Anna and Dimi, for all your very valuable work on these
and related issues -- and thanks to everyone else, who have tried to
move the debate in these areas in directions we all think are more
Spencer Graves, PhD
Secretary of the Board, KKFI.org
, a listener-sponsored
(Community) radio station in Kansas City (mentioned in the Wikipedia
articles on "List of Pacifica Radio stations and affiliates" and "List
of community radio stations in the United States").
4550 Warwick Blvd # 508
Kansas City, Missouri 64111 USA
[a] or "Evidence-informed" policy. See the Wikipedia article on
[b] 'General Stanley McChrystal, who held several command positions in
Iraq and Afghanistan, wrote, "we found that nearly every first-time
jihadist claimed [that the torture at] Abu Ghraib had first jolted him
into action"', quoted from and cited in the Wikiversity article on
"Winning the War on Terror. The data I've found persuasive has
identified only one country as having provided direct support for
Islamic terrorist since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, and
that's Saudi Arabia -- and Saudi Arabia is NOT on US President Trump's
Muslim travel ban list.
[c] Please excuse the reference to the US. The public health data I've
seen are specific to the US. The Wikiversity article on "Winning the
War on Terror" could use better comparisons based on European and
general international data.
[d] "How terrorist groups end" (Wikidata: Q57515305), cited in the
Wikiversity article on "Winning the War on Terror".
On 2019-10-31 04:55, Dimitar Parvanov Dimitrov wrote:
This month in a short and sweet version: The new Commission still
isn’t in office, terrorism is on the agenda and we are pecking away at
the copyright reform transposition.
Anna & Dimi
This and previous reports on Meta:
For terrorist content regulation proposal, round 3 has started with
the first trilogue meeting on October 17th. The three institutions
made a presentation on their priorities and agreed on a timetable.
Further work was delegated to the technical level. It means that the
institutions want to find common ground on minor issues while they are
preparing the bigger issues for political decisions - we presume the
latter to be potential reinstitution of referrals and proactive
measures into the proposal.
Good news is that the Rapporteur, ECR’s Patryk Jaki (PL), maintained
the line adopted by the European Parliament in its final voting streak
of the previous EP term. No to upload filters and referrals,
exceptions for journalistic, educational, artistic, etc. exceptions,
judicial or functionally independent competent authority and no direct
cross-border enforcement make the EP position diametrically different
from that of both the Council and the European Commission. Looks like
a lot to be discussed!
Meanwhile the EC is pushing for the trilogues to be concluded
a.s.a.p., meaning until the end of this year. It is hard to imagine
since the next trilogue meeting is scheduled for November 20th only.
The recent terrorist attacks: in the synagogue in Germany that was
live streamed and at a police station in Paris are, the EC
argues, a proof that the EU needs the new law now. Since the EC
proposal is much broader that the manifestly illegal streaming of
violent crimes, so much for the “do something” doctrine, we say.
Art 17 Stakeholder Dialogue:
The first Stakeholder Dialogue on Article 17 of the Copyright in the
Digital Single Market Directive took place on 15 October. The European
Commission is required by the Directive itself to organise such
meetings and issue “best practices for cooperation between online
content-sharing service providers and rightholders”.
Wikimedia is represented, along with the two associations we are
members of - EDRi and Communia. All in all there were 80 stakeholders
ranging from large platforms, over rightholder lobbies to collecting
societies. Each EU Member State is also represented in the room. The
meeting itself was completely off topic. Instead of discussing best
practices for cooperation most stakeholders just repeated their old
talking points from years ago. More details in the Communia blog: 
IE: The Irish government is starting a string of consultations on the
copyright reform transposition. The first round included Articles 14,
15 and 17 and Wikimedia submitted answers. The second round includes
Articles 2-7, the deadline is 14 November.  If you know individuals
or organisations that would like to cooperate on this, please get in
RO: The Romanian Copyright Office (ORDA) is asking about voluntary
procedures for complaint resolution for Articles 13, 17(9) and 21. The
questions were sent out to known national stakeholders by email. They
are asking what alternative dispute resolution procedures should be
applicable at national level: mediation, arbitration or another
impartial body. H/T to EDRi member ApTI for letting us know!
CY: Communia and Wikimedia organised a copyright transposition
workshop in Cyprus together with the national UNESCO Commission, the
University of Technology and local law firms. It even made the evening
news :D 
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