After having completed several projects in Africa, Brazil and Haiti – PeaceTones is poised to go to Kenya and begin scaling its scope by offering more services to musicians everywhere.  To get there, we need your help. First, to see what we are doing – take a look at this link which tells our story – in a contest  Q and A format – https://www.vnistories.com/Page/ViewIdea?ideaid=213&foolIE6=1#comment_674 So it’s pretty exciting to see how we’ve grown from a simple idea of empowering musicians to developing a fair trade music model that features “Songs of Justice” !! Please vote for PeaceTones to win the Cisco contest and help usRead More →

This story about a global cybercriminal network is an example of how challenging it is for cops to get the robbers.  They did in this case, congrats to the cops!! Laws don’t stop cybercriminals from crossing borders with increasingly sophisticated schemes.  If you read to the end of the article, the quiet mention of who will  bear the loss (the cops didn’t recover anywhere near all that was stolen) is unresolved.  That’s a fault of the global legal system.  And there is no solution in site. Eight Charged in 45-million Global Cyber Bank Thefts, New York Times.Read More →

http://ning.it/zL1634 The False Ideals of the Web – op ed piece by Jaron Lanier “The proposed Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, which is being considered in the House while the Senate looks at a similar bill, is deemed the worst thing ever. Popular sites like Wikipedia staged a blackout on Wednesday to protest the bills. Google put a black banner over its name. Nothing quite like that has ever happened before. This is extraordinary, because it shows that belief in the priority of fighting SOPA is so absolute as to trump the stated nonpartisan missions of these sites.” Absolute positions are not the foundationRead More →

The American Bar Association plays a key role in setting a policy framework that States look to when regulating the conduct of lawyers.  The current Ethics commission debates have reached an impasse on the topic of virtual practice.  See  20120619_draft_release_for_comment_rule_5_5_comment_4_virtual_practice . But as any tax lawyer or any international business lawyer will tell you,  jurisdictional boundaries for the practice of law are problematic when either your subject matter or your clients’ business crosses state boundaries.  Tax lawyers advise on the consequences of 50 state tax laws and federal tax law routinely.  International business lawyers structure global transactions taking into account the laws of multiple jurisdictions.  I am not familiarRead More →