I think we are all making to much of this. To my knowledge, Facebook has not violated any laws in the USA. We (the collective we) agreed to operate on their terms. And we’ve done it for many years. It seems many are no longer happy with the arrangement. Perhaps it’s time we negotiated a new agreement.
But there is definitely some benefit to the collection and use of social interaction and personal data for limited purposes. Let’s enable those.
The patent logjam is a symptom of a system that allows poor quality patents. When the issuance rate for applications is so high, of course more people are going to apply for patents. And more of these applications are going to be very stupid. And more of these patents will haunt our innovation space just shy of two decades from now.(via The Next Patent Office Director Probably Shouldn’t Be One Of The Guys Who Killed Patent Reform | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Unless things start to change, I see a “We the people …” moment coming in the future.