In an Internetworked World No One Is a “Foreigner”

June 21, 2013

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As everyone knows there have been some startling and shocking revelations concerning the surveillance activities of the USA's NSA. This has occasioned considerable to-ing and fro-ing from the US Executive Office, from the major Internet corporations implicated in these revelations, and from various elements of civil society.

The Internet as a Common Good of Mankind to be Governed in the Global Public Interest: A Principled Outcome for NetMundial

April 13, 2014

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The Internet as a Common Good of Mankind to be Governed in the Global Public Interest: A Principled Outcome for NetMundial

The Multistakeholder Model, Neo-liberalism and Global (Internet) Governance

March 26, 2014

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The Multistakeholder Model, Neo-liberalism and Global (Internet) Governance I’ve commented elsewhere on the sudden emergence and insertion of the “multistakeholder model” (referred to here also as multistakeholderism or MSism) in Internet Governance discussions some 2 or 3 years ago. The term of course, has been around a lot longer and even has been used within […]

Some Critical Post-Snowden Thoughts On Public Policy and Globalization

February 17, 2014

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While many had for some time suspected at least some of the things that Mr. Snowden has revealed few had anticipated its extent or depth. His information has provided a simple public confirmation of what had been our worst fears concerning how the Internet could and has been turned into a a vast platform for completely, unchecked and unsupervised mass surveillance.

An Internet for the Common Good: Engagement, Empowerment and Justice for All

January 12, 2014

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A Community Informatics Declaration This document was prepared by a group of Community Informatics activists and endorsed by consensus of the Community Informatics community 21.12.13.  Effective use of the Internet will benefit everyone. Currently the benefits of the Internet are distributed unequally: some people gain power, wealth and influence from using the Internet while others […]

So What Do We Do Now? Living in a Post-Snowden World

January 1, 2014

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As the avalanche of Snowden revelations resumes after it’s brief organizational regrouping and holiday hiatus a few learnings and even more direct and pertinent questions are starting to emerge. Evgeny Morozov in an otherwise interesting piece in the Financial Times is surely incorrect in his bald statement that “Snowden now faces a growing wave of […]

Internet Justice: A Meme Whose Time Has Come

November 27, 2013

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This list is as open ended as the Internet is open ended. Just as the horizon for enhancing the well-being of all global citizens through more efficient and effective communication and access to and use of information is continuously expanding, so is the need to ensure that the Internet is and continues to be a resource available, usable and of equitable benefit to all.

Beyond Access: Libraries Are the New Telecentres

November 16, 2013

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As those, who have been in and around community-based ICT/Internet access (community informatics) initiatives well know, the primary dilemma for these activities (e.g. Telecentres) is how to ensure sufficient sustainability, organizational stability and programmatic flexibility to allow for survival once the immediate round of funding which helped them launch, runs out.

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