Entries by Jeffrey Ian Ross

Enabling new ways of using urban pubic space during the COVID-19 pandemic

Shortly after the spring COVID-19 lockdown, my neighborhood in Washington DC resembled a ghost town. Bars, restaurants, and other retail stores started shutting down, while businesses, government offices, public libraries, schools, and parks were temporarily closed. At night it was eerie. The silence was punctuated by occasional sounds of ambulances or fire truck sirens taking […]

Trump gets COVID-19 and the world goes crazy

This past week we learned that not only did Hope Hicks, President Donald Trump’s former trusted advisor contract COVID-19, but so did Trump and many of the people whom he closely associated with during a recent Rose Garden ceremony. Predictably lots of people from the drunk at the end of the bar, to the army […]

Rebel without a clause: The trouble with copyright and trademarks in connection with graffiti and street art

Last week, Banksy, the elusive British street artist, or more specifically Pest Control, the company that represents him, lost a trademark case in the European Union Intellectual Property Office. They argued that because Pest Control had not used the image that Banksy created in order to generate income, during a specific period in time, then […]

Progressives need to be more critical of Assange

Over the past four years, numerous high-profile national political dramas have unfolded, some with international implications. One of them has been the United States government’s attempt to extradite Julian Assange, the head of WikiLeaks, from the United Kingdom to the United States, primarily for computer security violations. Assange, who until recently overstayed his welcome as […]