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.

Ten Reasons Why Social Justice Matters for Internet Governance

November 22, 2014

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"Social Justice" has been at the very heart of Internet Governance (IG) beginning with the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) among whose primary objectives was to find ways to use the technology power being unleashed by the digital and Internet revolutions to pursue traditional goals of social justice.

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Smart Cities vs. Smart Communities: Empowering Citizens not Market Economics

November 6, 2014

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So "Smart Cities" particularly in Less Developed Countries are ways of turning urban environments into gold mines for consultants, hardware and software companies and redoing the city in the image and for the benefit of its most prosperous and well-serviced inhabitants and in the meantime transferring additional resources and benefits from the poor to the rich.

Democracy OR Multi-stakeholderism: Competing Models of Governance

October 19, 2014

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To me it is quite clear that "democratic governance" and "multi-stakeholder governance" are internally in contradiction with each other. At their core, democracy as in the "rule of the people" is one form of government and multi-stakeholderism as in" the rule of "stakeholders"" is another and competing form. I don't think that they can be reconciled.

Ooh-la-la, the French Get (Inter)Net Neutrality Right: It’s All About the Platform Monopolies–Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter etc.

August 27, 2014

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It is certainly in the interests of the "platform monopolists" in the US--the Google's, Facebook's, Amazon's, Twitter's et al to have the Neutrality discussion focus solely on "carriage" i.e. "Network" issues (Important as they are) while ignoring or by-passing the even more significant issues of lack of "Platform" Neutrality which has come to dominate significant elements of the Internet (in fact in many instances to begin the process of walling these areas off from the open Internet).

Q: Who Are “Internet Users”? A: Everyone

August 11, 2014

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So let's drop the terminology and conceptual apparatus of "Internet users" at least in the context of Internet policy and Internet governance. Rather let's think about everyone as actual or potential "users' of the Internet and everyone as being impacted either directly or indirectly by the Internet. Thus we are all "stakeholders" in Internet governance and we all should have the right to participate in the decisions which will impact on the future management and governance of the Internet -- our common heritage and destiny.

The Information Society Is in Crisis and What To Do About It

July 17, 2014

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The Information Society is in Crisis–not the Internet Society, nor the Networked Society, nor the Digital Society but quite specifically the Information Society. And why the Information Society and not the others… because the Information Society is the terminology that focuses on the Information, the flow through, the digitized, the content and it is here in the place where the technology, the information and its uses/users come together that we find that the crisis is occurring.

The Right to Remember: A Speculative Community Informatics approach to “the Right to Be Forgotten”

July 5, 2014

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However, I am certain that having communities determine what needs to be remembered and what can allowed to be forgotten makes rather more sense and is more in keeping with the history of memory and the opportunities and value that memory provides us with, than turning those decisions over to anonymous and faceless Google administrators.

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