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.
February 28, 2015
There is in the Internet and particularly Internet Governance space the notion being circulated that somehow private corporations and particularly the major Internet corporations should have significant stake in the policy decisions which are beginning to pop up with increasing regularity (of which issues of censorship certainly are one). This particular episode is to my mind quite revealing of the limitations of that type of involvement given the way in which the policy decisions were made/unmade; imposed/suppressed; all without a publicly visible process and all in a matter of hours with no visible human intervention (or presence) at all.
November 22, 2014
"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.
November 6, 2014
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.
October 19, 2014
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.
August 27, 2014
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).
July 17, 2014
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.