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From the Digital Divide to Digital Citizenship

November 9, 2015


Thus "digital citizenship" is a newer and evolved form of citizenship and moreover one which is necessary to and appropriate in the digital age/the Information Society. This new form of citizenship has multiple aspects but for our purposes the two most salient elements are that with this new form of citizenship goes certain rights – at a minimum to be able to have access to and to effectively exercise citizenship rights in a digital age; and on the part of the State the obligation to ensure that the citizen is in a position to exercise their digital citizenship in an appropriate and effective way.

A Canadian Election Programme for Digital Citizenship and Social Equity

September 14, 2015


In the following I want to lay out what hopefully may function as an initial program towards a “digital citizenship” -- a form of digitally enabled and enhanced citizenship for the Internet age; and one which takes as its basic assumption the Internet's transformational risks and opportunities. This is presented in the form of an election “platform” -- a set of principles and policies which gives citizens a choice as to directions they may wish to follow.

Smart Cities vs. Smart Communities: Empowering Citizens not Market Economics

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.

Democracy OR Multi-stakeholderism: Competing Models of Governance

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.

Q: Who Are “Internet Users”? A: Everyone

August 11, 2014


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


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


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


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