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The Leap Manifesto Revised as Though Information Technology and the Internet Matter

April 25, 2016

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  The Leap Manifesto is an important document and one that is having significant impacts at the moment in certain political areas. The document as an attempt to link an environmentalist approach to a broader social and economic critique and a statement on ways forward, breaks new ground in the Canadian context and presents significant […]

Repurposing Post Offices as Community Innovation Hubs: Digital Inclusion, Equity and Deconcentration

April 15, 2016

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  Canada has a new and socially active government after 10 years of darkness and regression under our former Conservative Prime Minister.  Among the areas that they have signaled (and provided budgetary support for) is the extension of Broadband Internet capability into Canada’s rural and remote regions.  As well, the government has begun making steps […]

The A4AI Discussion: A Summation

April 5, 2016

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As some of you will know my blogpost(1) which presents a detailed critique of the A4AI (the Alliance for an Affordable Internet) “Best Practices” document; and blogpost(2) which presents a detailed alternative set of “Best Practices” were circulated over the last couple of weeks. These have generated quite a lengthy and sometimes heated discussion on […]

A4AI: Who Could Oppose a More Affordable Internet? The Alliance for an Affordable Internet (A4AI) and the Neo-liberal Stealth Campaign to Control the Internet Throughout the Developing World and Make Big Bucks for the Private Sector While Doing So

March 20, 2016

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When we look even slightly below the surface of this initiative we see what appear to be motivations that are rather less selfless than is being presented. As is very clear from the “Best Practices” which those joining the initiative must sign on to, an underlying motivation would appear to be to impose on LDC's an ideological position for its Internet policy and regulation which conforms to and supports the fundamentalist free market anti-regulatory regime promoted by the USG and certain of its governmental and corporate allies .

Why I’m Giving Up on the Digital Divide

April 15, 2015

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I’ve spent much of my working life engaging in one way or another with what is generally termed the “Digital Divide” (defined as the “divide between those who have Internet access and those who do not”). The broad area in which I work and which I have contributed to building – Community Informatics – arguably […]

The Internet Social Forum and “The Global Internet Community”

April 2, 2015

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An initiative towards an Internet Social Forum (ISF) with a close association to the World Social Forum (WSF) was recently launched by a number of Civil Society organization at the WSF in Tunis. This specific initiative comes out of a continuing history of discussions and initiatives in the area of Global Internet Governance as flowing from the World Summit of the Information Society.

Ten Reasons Why Social Justice Matters for Internet Governance

November 22, 2014

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"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.