Basic Principles and Guidelines on the Right to a Remedy and Reparation

Full Title: “Basic Principles and Guidelines on the Right to a Remedy and Reparation for Victims of Gross Violations of International Human Rights Law
and Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law.”

Reparation should consist of: 1. acknowledgment and apology; 2. guarantees against repetition; 3. measures of restitution; 4. measures of rehabilitation; and 5. monetary compensation.


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What is this doing here? It describes the process of righting a wrong, which is important at every level of social interaction and maintain a relationship – be it two nations or two people:

    1. An admission the ‘wrong’ took place. Apologise for it’s occurrence. Don’t attempt to pretend it didn’t happen and life can just go on. Many people just don’t function like that, and it is much harder for the victim.
    2. Ensure the ‘wrong’ never happens again. For instance, this is why history is so important. Learn from previous mistakes, it’s the only way to move forward.
    3. Ensure corrective measures are in place to restore the situation to as close as possible to that before the ‘wrong’ took place. Acknowledge this may be impossible.
    4.  Provide services to assist recovery from the ‘wrong’. The nature of services – if necessary or required – depend on the context.
    5. Monetary compensation for loss and damages caused by the wrong, and assist with the realisation of steps 2, 3 & 4.



Free is Better

The [current] image for our site is a street graphic found in Melbourne, Australia. We  didn’t come up with this art, and we don’t own the copyright. However, we embrace what we perceive the message to be, and acknowledge this is likely to differ from what the artist intended. Perhaps.

(1) Free, as in freedom.

Never compromise freedom for safety. In the digital age, where one trades personal information for convenience; where corporations and governments feed off and trade on individual privacy like parasites; your personal freedom and your right to privacy are sacrosanct.

Freedom is always better than the alternative. Big brother is only too happy to throw the individual under the bus, at any time, for any reason. Individual privacy is paramount – value your personal information. Your personal information is your life.

(2) Free, as in no cost.

Everything costs too much: maximising profit to satisfy investors and shareholders is the name of the game,  and pursued relentlessly at the expense of humanity. Greed and consumption to excess – these are traits of the digital age. How else could you describe corporate visions of giant warehouses held aloft by airships, to serve immediate consumer demand by drone? [Referring to Amazon’s plans for autonomous order fulfillment].

We are seeing the end of the traditional software licensing model, and a new world of software subscription – the pathway to perpetual payments. And those incremental updates and features – once free, now require ever more micro-transactions.

Our children will pay to play: even ‘free’ games have a catch: game mechanics incorporates needless grinding to ensure players pay to advance.

We see the rise of mobile apps. Corporate giants boxing the freedom of the internet into controlled applications, to discretely siphon your private information and track your interests.

Call for and support fair pricing models in all things, because anything which requires effort must be compensated (otherwise it is slavery). However, in the face of unrealistic cost, free is always better.

TED Talk: How schools kill creativity

An inspiring TED talk by Ken Robinson (2006):

Two take-aways from this:

  1. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. As we get older, we’re conditioned to avoid making mistakes. However, without mistakes, how do we ever create anything new?
  2. People experience the world differently. What works for you, may not work for your children. Some kids work well with their minds, others with their bodies. Forcing a square plug into a round hole never works – let people be who they are meant to be.

Garbage in, garbage out

The CIC brass can’t stand these guys because they upload staggering quantities of information to the database, on the off chance that some of it will eventually be useful. It’s like writing down the license plate of every car you see on your way to work each morning, just in case one of them will be involved in a hit-and-run accident. Even the CIC database can only hold so much garbage. So, usually, these habitual gargoyles get kicked out of CIC before too long.
—Snowcrash, by Neal Stephenson

Sound familiar? “CIC” stands for Central Intelligence Corporation. Gargoyles refer to agents decked out in computer equipment that captures everything around them.

Mass surveillance? I’ve nothing to hide.

Free Is Better‘You have nothing to worry about if you’ve done nothing wrong’ is the response many people use to scorn those concerned by the scale of modern mass surveillance.



And this is the best response such ignorance:

You’re giving up your rights. Your rights matter because you never know when you’ll need them. People should be able to pick up the phone and call their family, should be able to send a text message to their loved one, buy a book online, without worrying how this could look to a government possibly years in the future. We have a right to privacy. Trusting anybody, any government authority with the entirety of human communications, in secret, without oversight, is simply too great a temptation to be ignored.

The best of intentions can always be corrupted by the self-interest of the dominant group, and the individual will suffer. An individual’s right to privacy, and a right to be forgotten are both sacrosanct in the digital age.