Archive for February, 2010

muSOAing for 2/19/10

February 19, 2010

Continuing our effort for designing a Peace Canonical, let us step back and see for a moment how some preventative measures can be taken to promote peace. While the west at large has learnt the lesson that warmongering and waging wars does not really pay, it took two devastating world wars to bring home that point. If we desire true peace, all forms of weapon manufacture and export has to stop. Defence Industries are an integral part of developed and several developing economies, they employ a lot of people and make a significant financial contribution to the national economy.

Ironically, apart from these two benefits, a lot of our technological advances percolate down to the common man from advances made in Defense and Weapons related R&D. A lot of these technologies have turned out to be dual use in nature especially those in the Nuclear area. So the sad truth has turned out to be, in order to attain peace and progress we must wage a few wars. Is that really so? Is disarmament possible at all, should developing nations continue to divert billions of dollars in precious and scarce funds to acquiring weapons in the name of Defense to the detriment of the well being and benefit of the common man.


muSOAing for 2/11/10

February 11, 2010

What we have done so far for the peace canonical is just a start, there are a lot more attributes that need to go into it. We want it to be a sort of a grassroots canonical that will be able to capture information in a very fine grained manner and not just for the the national level security agencies.

For instance, if an incident was reported in a very small Police outpost in a remote village and if it will affect the threat or peace perceptions then it should be captured. So this is a Grassroots effort where everyone including the common man can participate. This would mean the creation of Peace Information Hubs and information should feed into it in various ways including from mobile phones, laptops, WIFI, WIMAX, Information Kiosks, SOAP over HTTP, XML and other forms. This is taking into account the fact that infrastructures in the regions we are talking about could be quite primitive so there should be mechansims using which information can be fed into the HUB.

Taliking about Canonicals, there are industry established standards for a wide range of verticals such as RosettaNet for High Tech, ACCORD for Insurance, HIPAA for Healthcare, OTA for Travel and Hospitality and many others. It is about time that there existed one for International Peace.