Browsing All posts tagged under »Community Informatics Policy«

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

October 18, 2013


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 Defense of Multistakeholder Processes

March 21, 2013


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


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).

Making HappyTalk in Paris: Disneyland and the WSIS +10 Review

February 26, 2013


Some of that discussion would need to go beyond happytalk and might make some of the "winner" individuals, corporations, countries a wee bit uncomfortable but this is our world as well and if you folks want to profit from us we have the right to have a say--unless in the last ten years we've all shifted from being citizens on Planet Earth to being subjects in the Magic Kingdom.

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

February 25, 2013


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.

With Friends Like These: Freedom House’s Freedom on the Internet Report: An Exercise in Applied Ideology

January 17, 2013


On an e-list which discusses Internet Governance someone just pointed to an article breathlessly headlining "U.S. Ranks Second in Internet Freedom, Behind Estonia" and pointing to a report on "Freedom on the Net" produced from "research" conducted by Freedom House.

“Is Google like Gas or Like Steel?” Neither, it is like Nernst’s Third Law of Thermodynamics (or the Nicene Creed…!

January 5, 2013


I'm wondering whether it wouldn't be better to "investigate" Google for possible "freedom of thought" violations rather than issues concerning "freedom of speech"… Google has the potential for much more serious impacts on our capacity to know (or not know) certain things, than on what we can say or not say…

WCIT-Lots of Losers But Guess Who Won?

December 15, 2012


Well the WCIT seems to be over and not surprisingly there are many many losers...

(Whose) Hands off (What) Internet? Some Reflections on WCIT 2012

December 9, 2012


The usually rather sedate world of Internet Governance is currently being roiled by purported conspiracies towards the "take-over" of the Internet by various malevolent forces viz. the governments of Russia, China etc. etc. aided in their dastardly schemes by the current inheritors of the keys and flight plans for the UN's fleet of black helicopters--the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12)

The ITU/WCIT: Thinking About Internet Regulatory Policy From An LDC Perspective?

October 11, 2012


I'm not exactly sure what the LDC sponsored report would say but my guess would be that they would focus rather more on looking at how costs and benefits are and should be distributed as between some of the wealthiest companies from some of the wealthiest countries and LDC's looking to increase Internet access overall in environments of very low incomes, very difficult physical environments, extremely weak regulatory and taxation regimes, and vast areas and populations who might under some circumstances derive benefit from Internet access but who would under almost any conceivable current situation find paying for this almost impossible.