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.

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.

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

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