The ideal mobile app store

I got this question in my mailbox today:

What would be the “ideal” mobile app store to you?

I think that in a crowded space like mobile app stores the most important feature would be an app store that guarantees user’s privacy, preserves the right to switch providers (so the app store must be multiplatform) while keeping the data in the hands of the users (not of network operators or app store owner). And the apps distributed must preserve user’s freedom to run the app for any purpose, study how it works (access to source code is necessary), make copies to share with friends and neighbours and modify the app (access to source code is necessary).

I believe that anybody that the first to build something like this will revolutionize the market because the other players (iTunes, Microsoft, RIM, Nokia and the like) are all acting in closed, walled gardens without respect for interoperability and user’s autonomy. In order to compete with these giants you’d better off breaking the rules and play a whole different game.  What would be your ideal mobile app store?

How Effective is American Healthcare?

I’m trying to follow the debate around the reform of the healthcare system in the USA. As an Italian, it’s very interesting to see how it develops, how the parties exchange views and drive campaigns. In the recent years such civilized debates have disappeared in Italy since there is only one strong leading coalition and opposition is basically non existent (and when there was, it looked like wrestlers screaming at each others in a WWF tournament).

I entertained myself reading this blog post from Umair Haque on HarvardBusiness.org.

The United States gets the smallest bang for the buck in terms of life itself amongst developed countries: it realizes the lowest level of “life returns.”

via How Effective is American Healthcare? – Umair Haque – HarvardBusiness.org.