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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.

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.

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

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 […]

Internet Justice: A Meme Whose Time Has Come

November 27, 2013

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This list is as open ended as the Internet is open ended. Just as the horizon for enhancing the well-being of all global citizens through more efficient and effective communication and access to and use of information is continuously expanding, so is the need to ensure that the Internet is and continues to be a resource available, usable and of equitable benefit to all.

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