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 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.

Facebook Does Mind Control

July 1, 2014

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The issue is thus not the fairly minor incursion against research ethics that Facebook has been caught doing, but rather what it tells us about what Facebook could and very likely is doing on a day-to-day basis

Multistakeholderism for the Powerful and Well Connected: Tyranny for Everyone Else?

April 27, 2014

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(I first wrote this in mid-February as the preparations for the Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance (NetMundial), April 23-24 in São Paulo, Brazil were in mid-development. For various reasons I didn’t publish it at the time but now with the meeting having been completed and with the results/outcomes having been deemed […]

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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

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.

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