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Victoria Espinel, who until recently served as the White House's first intellectual property enforcement coordinator, will now head one of the most powerful trade groups in the tech industry. She's been tapped to become the new president and CEO of The Software Alliance (or BSA) starting September 3rd. In her new role, she'll be tasked with pushing the anti-piracy interests of major players like Microsoft, Dell, Apple, Oracle, and Intel. And while the BSA spends a large part of its time lobbying Congress and other governments to push that agenda, Espinel will be barred from engaging in such practices herself - at least initially. According to Politico, an ethics pledge Espinel took to secure her "copyright czar" position under President Obama prevents her from lobbying for at least two years.

No corruption here. Nothing to see. Move along.

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by Alfman on Sun 1st Sep 2013 05:35 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: Wikipedia"
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"The future of space is being privatized, but they are hardly breaking any new frontiers. Private companies are doing what we already know how to do, so they can improve upon it. That's harder frontier work."

Even the government is having trouble repeating "what we already know how to do", considering Bushes original plans to return to the moon by 2020 have been nixed.

Now Obama plans for a Mars mission in 2035 as the next frontier. However NASA's budget didn't pass, and event got reduced, so those plans are up in the air (pun). I feel some pride in NASA's accomplishments even though I wasn't even alive when they were breaking new space frontiers, so I really want to see them succeed.

However non-governmental organizations are eying Mars too and we cannot rule them out, they might be leading the missions to the next frontier.

This group was accepting applications for the Mars One missions through yesterday.

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