How We Pay Taxes: 11 Charts

I’ll come right out and say it: Taxes are awesome.

Yes, awesome. If you care about national values, or the relationship of citizens to their government, or the way we choose to award and discourage behavior, there is nowhere better to start than the gnarled and fascinating world of levies and tax breaks. Tax week gives American families a reason to consider moving to Bermunda, but it also gives me an excuse to spend the day finding my favorite, most controversial, and most illuminating graphs about taxes. Here they are. If you’ve think I’ve picked the wrong ones, or if you’ve got a better chart yourself, leave it in the comment section. I’m rounding up your favorite tax graphs tomorrow.

This long article in Read Write Web speculates on the future of social media. In effect, while controversy about the absolute growth in numbers of platforms like Facebook or Twitter is in question, what is not in question is the growing intensity of sharing of information, particularly on Facebook. It looks increasingly likely then that the social networks will be the locus of The Web of Things

The Web of Things

Connected devices, many of which you might not even consider connecting to the Web today, are expected to facilitate fundamental changes in human life over the next few years.

Hans Vestberg, CEO of Ericsson, predicts that the world’s nearly 5 billion mobile phone subscribers today will be surpassed by 50 billion connected non-phone devices in 10 years.

The intersection of people, machines and passively monitored objects (the cheapest input of all!) all combine to form an entirely new world of opportunity.

when computers can automatically collect information regarding what is happening in the world, new insights and business strategies then become possible. And the companies that leverage these capabilities most effectively will be the big winners in the century ahead.”

The same might be said for governments at every level. The governments that understand the implications for the services that they offer and their budgets of the “Web of Things” will deliver the services that citizens really want more efficiently and economically. The emergence of the “Web of Things” as a mass phenomenon will be one of the greatest challenges to governance in the next decade.