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Beyond Access: Libraries Are the New Telecentres

November 16, 2013

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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.

If Multistakeholderism Had Prevailed in the Late 19th/Early 20th Century Would Women Have the Vote? (…Would We Still Have Slavery?

October 23, 2013

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"Rough consensus and running code" as the operational element of MSism would not have allowed for the long term and deeply political, contentious and conflictual processes that overcame child labour, created the public health measures that conquered typhus, allowed for the long term political (and radical) confrontations that gave women the vote, or ended slavery. Whether MSism can ensure an open, transparent, equitable, rule of law based and human rights protecting Internet for all is to my mind a very very open question and certainly something to be discussed rather than assumed.

The Open (Internet) Society and Its Enemies: Can Multistakeholderism Survive “Information Dominance”?

October 18, 2013

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Can we in fact proceed or accept the outcome of any MS process without a very close re-examination and structuring of those processes; that is, to develop a means for providing appropriate safeguards against contamination, subversion, distortion or interest capture by or on behalf of one or another of the significant players whose interests in Internet development may be quite the opposite of the open, inclusive, transparent Internet that is the evident goal for most of those particularly from Civil Society who espouse MSism so passionately?

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.

In Defense of Multistakeholder Processes

March 21, 2013

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I believe in multistakeholder processes. I think along with my community informatics colleagues, that decisions should be made as close to those impacted as possible. I think that those impacted by decisions should be involved in those decisions. I think that multistakeholder processes potentially provide a means for the otherwise voiceless to have a voice in broader policy and programme decisions.

Multistakeholderism vs. Democracy: My Adventures in “Stakeholderland”

March 20, 2013

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In advanced circles discussing future forms of governance and particularly governance structures in areas impinging on or being impinged upon by the Internet, one of the most widely discussed and promoted is that of Multistakeholderism (MSism).

World Summit on the Information Society: Looking Back and Looking Forward: My Comments To a WSIS +10 Review Plenary

February 25, 2013

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Thus, looking forward I see that the issues of digital economic justice, digital equality and digital inequality as well as digital inclusion will develop alongside and partially displace issues of the digital divide as the primary pre-occupation to be addressed as we go forward to WSIS +10 and beyond in the task of building an Internet for all and an Internet that enables in the broadest public interest and towards the broadest possible public good.

Yes, Hands Off the Internet! (Towards “Internet Freedom”!… (Enough with the hypocrisy

December 29, 2012

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Yes, for sure, these hands off the Internet.

Towards the Internet as a Global Public Good

December 20, 2012

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I think now that the smoke from WCIT/Dubai is starting to clear a little, perhaps it would be a good idea for some of the fog to lift as well.

De-Universalizing Access! Is there a Conspiracy to Electronically “Kettle” the Poor in Digital Dead Zones and What This Means for the Social Contract?

June 3, 2012

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Is there a conspiracy to “kettle” the poor, the marginalized, the socially excluded in digital dead zones and use this to deny them access to social benefits?