Aaron Greenspan

Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University

Board Of Trustees Of The Leland Stanford Junior University
CodeX Fellow

President and Fellows of Harvard College

President and Fellows of Harvard College
Class of 2005

Think Computer Corporation

Think Computer Corporation
President & CEO

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File A Motion To Seal
Aaron Greenspan, September 20, 2016 at 11:23 PM EDT
For the cost of a sheet of paper, a pencil, an envelope, and a postage stamp, you can request that the court seal your case permanently. You can even use PlainSite to search for motions to seal that have worked well in the past, so you know how to be...
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Tie Patent Validity To Use In Commerce
Aaron Greenspan, July 27, 2013 at 1:08 AM EDT
Trademark owners lose their rights when they stop using their trademarks for a prolonged period of time. Why should patents be any different? There is something to be said for the conventional time-limited monopoly, but there are so many abuses of th...
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Patent Trolls Are Stifling Innovation
Aaron Greenspan, July 27, 2013 at 1:08 AM EDT
Fortunately, I've never been the victim of a patent troll, but it's clear that they are a serious problem with a disproportionate impact on the economy.
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Sue for Legal Malpractice
Aaron Greenspan, December 26, 2012 at 2:32 PM EST
This sounds like legal malpractice. You can sue on your own (pro se) in state court or you can find a new lawyer to help sue the old one.
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Not enough people are using PlainSite.
Aaron Greenspan, March 29, 2012 at 3:35 AM EDT
I'd like more people to use it.
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Intense marketing!
Aaron Greenspan, March 29, 2012 at 3:35 AM EDT
We should market this to companies and charge them for a private corporate knowledge base.
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African-Americans are incarcerated seven times more often than Whites
Aaron Greenspan, March 11, 2012 at 9:41 PM EDT
It affects the entire composition of society and it hurts everyone when an entire segment of the population is severely disenfranchised.
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Forbid private outsourcing of prison services
Aaron Greenspan, March 11, 2012 at 9:41 PM EDT
From "The Caging of America" by Adam Gopnik in The New Yorker: "Brecht could hardly have imagined such a document: a capitalist enterprise that feeds on the misery of man trying as hard as it can to be sure that nothing is done to decrease that mi...
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Small businesses are not permitted to represent themselves in court, but are not large enough to afford overpriced lawyers
Aaron Greenspan, March 4, 2012 at 7:01 PM EST
Even though the law does not specifically forbid it, local rules in effect in most (if not all) federal court districts mean that small businesses such as my own are caught between not filing legitimate claims, and not being able to afford the cost o...
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Override the district local rules with a small change to legislation that will allow businesses to be represented pro se by their shareholders or directors if desired.
Aaron Greenspan, March 4, 2012 at 7:01 PM EST
The courts generally frown upon pro se representation by companies because, they argue, the quality of legal discourse would decline without professional representation. Yet individuals are allowed to represent themselves, and the courts clearly seem...
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Computer security experts are discouraged from reporting flaws
Aaron Greenspan, October 20, 2011 at 3:29 PM EDT
Every time I have attempted to report a serious security vulnerability, I have gotten threatened with a lawsuit or jail time. Many government agencies have highly insecure computer systems that would benefit from expert feedback--yet most people w...
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Update the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 with sensible procedures
Aaron Greenspan, October 20, 2011 at 3:29 PM EDT
There is no standard procedure for reporting a computer security issue with a government agency. Standard procedures should be established and important fixes rewarded.
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Extend FDIC Insurance Coverage to Money Transmitters
Aaron Greenspan, October 18, 2011 at 3:09 AM EDT
Money transmitters should pay an FDIC premium, just like a bank, so that each company doesn't have to spend millions of dollars and years of time obtaining 46 individual surety bonds. Since money transmitters have different risk profiles than banks, ...
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Computerized market trading is causing unprecedented volatility
Aaron Greenspan, October 18, 2011 at 2:48 AM EDT
Like many, I have stock market investments that fluctuate. Lately the market has been extremely volatile, and many suspect that some firms use their trading technology to gain an unfair advantage when placing trades.
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Congress should call for a panel of experts to investigate the problem
Aaron Greenspan, October 18, 2011 at 2:48 AM EDT
Congress isn't necessarily well-equipped to directly investigate a complex technical issue, but there are people out there who are, and who can report back with useful insights.
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Large corporations don't pay their fair share of taxes
Aaron Greenspan, October 15, 2011 at 10:37 PM EDT
I run a small business and I still have to pay my taxes because I can't afford $900-per-hour CPAs who know the entire tax code inside and out, including every loophole. Nor do I want to headquarter my company in Grand Cayman.
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Force large corporations to pay taxes plus penalties for all the years that they evaded them using offshore shelters
Aaron Greenspan, October 15, 2011 at 10:37 PM EDT
Many large companies use tax shelters in order to pretend as though their income came from overseas. Everyone knows about it. Yet Congress never seems to be able to fix it.
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Require all courts to use a single on-line system for filing forms, docketing, and allowing parties to represent themselves to the greatest extent possible
Aaron Greenspan, October 15, 2011 at 12:26 PM EDT
Each court has different forms, different systems, different schedules, etc. It should not be so hard to figure everything out.
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Courts are so inefficient and slow that average citizens' problems have no reasonable hope of being resolved
Aaron Greenspan, October 15, 2011 at 12:26 PM EDT
Small claims court is a real pain in the neck to deal with if you have a job or at all value your time. Nothing is on-line, everything gets rejected for the smallest technical reason, and it's a very opaque process in general.
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Legislators don't read the laws they vote for
Aaron Greenspan, October 13, 2011 at 4:03 PM EDT
The Dodd-Frank Act and the Durbin Amendment are perfect examples. Dodd-Frank was something like 2,000 pages long.
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Institute a page limit (assuming constant font size) of 50 pages per law.
Aaron Greenspan, October 13, 2011 at 4:03 PM EDT
If it's not readable it shouldn't be enforceable. Some of the most effective laws in our nation's history are two pages long.
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Require CEOs to justify annual compensation above $1 million to the SEC in a public report
Aaron Greenspan, October 13, 2011 at 4:19 AM EDT
Explain to us why you're really that special. Go ahead. Try.
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Executive compensation is completely ludicrous
Aaron Greenspan, October 13, 2011 at 4:18 AM EDT
I've read far too many articles about CEOs of companies getting paid 600 to 700 times as much as their average employees. Many of these CEOs are failed leaders whose management skills led to decreases in shareholder value or outright disasters.
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Television commercials for pharmaceutical drugs are totally misleading images on top of lists of side-effects
Aaron Greenspan, October 13, 2011 at 4:14 AM EDT
Family members have taken prescription medications that did far more harm that good. These medications should not be advertised direct to consumers who are totally unqualified to evaluate them.
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Ban television advertising of prescription drugs.
Aaron Greenspan, October 13, 2011 at 4:14 AM EDT
(It would certainly make 60 Minutes more watchable.) There's no good reason why I, and not my doctor, should be on the receiving end of these ads.
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Centralize all state and local taxes through the IRS so that the burden of allocating resources, filling out different forms and calculating different rates falls on the government, not the taxpayer.
Aaron Greenspan, October 13, 2011 at 1:59 AM EDT
Right now, a basic paycheck in California has four different payroll taxes associated with it, some of which are withheld on the employer side, some of which are withheld on the employee side, some of which are federal, some of which are state, and s...
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Mentally Ill Individuals Can Buy Guns
Aaron Greenspan, October 10, 2011 at 2:27 AM EDT
My friend, Penny Chang, was shot and killed in Shaker Heights, Ohio when we were in high school.
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Ban Gun Sales to Mentally Ill Individuals
Aaron Greenspan, October 10, 2011 at 2:27 AM EDT
There is no reason why someone with mental illness should be able to buy a gun.
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Retail Banks Can Expose Depositors' Funds to the Same Types of Extreme Risks as Investment Banks
Aaron Greenspan, October 10, 2011 at 2:20 AM EDT
In 1999, largely for the benefit of Citigroup, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act repealed the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933, which for seven decades had been successful at preventing banks from gambling with customer deposits. The Glass-Steagall Act had delibe...
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Reinstate the Glass–Steagall Act
Aaron Greenspan, October 10, 2011 at 2:20 AM EDT
Put it back how it was before 1999. It was there for a reason, and that reason was called The Great Depression.
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Delegate The Task of Developing a Standard Legal Format to NIST
Aaron Greenspan, October 10, 2011 at 1:57 AM EDT
NIST is well-equipped to develop a simple, standard format that the federal and state governments could use to help increase transparency in government.
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Require All Federal and State Laws, Bills and Executive Orders To Be Provided Publicly in a Standard Digital Format
Aaron Greenspan, October 10, 2011 at 1:57 AM EDT
Making PlainSite would be a lot easier if we didn't have to parse 50+ different file formats for different jurisdictions.
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Criminal Charges and Penalties Against Mentally Ill Individuals Are Completely Ineffective
Aaron Greenspan, October 10, 2011 at 1:52 AM EDT
My brother is autistic, and our neighbors filed criminal charges against him for behavior he cannot control. Everyone wanted the behavior to stop, and yet all the charges did was make life more miserable for my brother and my family, compounding the ...
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Amend the Americans with Disabilities Act to Prevent Frivolous Court Cases
Aaron Greenspan, October 10, 2011 at 1:52 AM EDT
Clearly anyone who commits a murder is dangerous, but short of physical disturbance, the mentally ill should not be clogging up the court system if it can be proven that A) a given individual is incapable of learning from the court case based on past...
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Simplify HIPAA.
Aaron Greenspan, October 10, 2011 at 1:47 AM EDT
The law is clearly so confusing that even highly-educated medical professionals can't interpret it properly. If the Sherman Antitrust Act could be a few clauses and still effective, why can't laws be written the same way today?
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Medical Professionals Frequently Restrict Patient Data, Even To Patients Themselves
Aaron Greenspan, October 10, 2011 at 1:47 AM EDT
I was once waiting on crucial test results, and a nurse refused to tell them to me over the phone even though they were my results. She insisted that HIPAA prohibited her from disclosing them over the phone, and that I would have to come to the hospi...
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Arbitrary State Money Transmission Laws Grant Monopoly Powers To Banks and Credit Card Companies
Aaron Greenspan, August 9, 2011 at 1:10 AM EDT
As banks are becoming increasingly dependent on technology, and technology companies are increasingly capable of offering financial services, there is a gray area of financial regulation related to money transmission by non-banks that is becoming inc...
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Unify the Money Transmission Regulatory Framework Under the Department of the Treasury
Aaron Greenspan, August 9, 2011 at 1:10 AM EDT
Right now, each state legislature determines whether or not to regulate "money transmission," which is often (but not always) defined as the act of routinely holding onto funds that belong to others with the intent of sending those funds somewhere el...
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