June 21, 2013
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.
April 13, 2014
The Internet as a Common Good of Mankind to be Governed in the Global Public Interest: A Principled Outcome for NetMundial
March 26, 2014
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 […]
February 17, 2014
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.
January 12, 2014
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 […]
January 1, 2014
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 […]
November 16, 2013
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.