The fundamental question here is whether Today’s Internet is , transparent and democratic and open. Due to the fact that these adjectives have different meaning in view of different entities /people In view of many governments, in particular, those of developing countries none of these three adjectives prevail in the Internet Process .a) it is not transparent as the relevant information is not actually clear and transparent. It is not democratic since governments has either no role or little advisory role in the management of the Internet .It is not democratic because governments are not treated with / on equal footing with respect of other players .It is there under almost private or less inclusive / non collective management. In fact some of the most important area of Internet dealing with public policy issues are not governed by collective governments cooperation or any intergovernmental organization but by individual national government( s) and big businesses as a totally decentralized bottom-up regime of governance .The most blend of that is that a very narrow pro WGIG DEFINITION of Internet governance exclude vital issues such as intellectual property, privacy, enforcement, and data protection on line filtering and network neutrality.
The catastrophic issue is that some country, exercises major control over a vital area of Internet governance improperly and misleadingly claims that the broaden intergovernmental participation in the governance of Internet would result in handing over the key issues to other countries to have any role in the governance of the Internet. — Comments from the Iranian representative in the WTPF Informal Experts Group on the ITU Secretary-General’s Draft Report in Feb 2013.
We are also going revenue-first because we believe in privacy and we’re willing to trade a smaller, slower-growing audience for it. Our new product will cost you money, so you can be assured that it doesn’t cost you something else. — Why We’re Pivoting from Mobile-first to Web-first | philosophically by Vibhu Norby
The emergent new media ecology which integrates participatory media into the structure of global information flows has fundamentally affected the means of production and distribution of attention, a key resource for social movements. In social movement scholarship, attention itself is rarely examined directly; rather, it is encountered in the study of means of delivering attention such as mass media or celebrities. This conflation of the resource, attention, and the pathways to acquire it, such as mass media, was less of an analytic problem when mass media enjoyed a near monopoly on public attention. However, the paths connecting movement actors and public attention are increasingly multiplex and include civic and social media. In this article, I examine the concept of attention as a distinct analytic category, reevaluate social movement scholarship in light of weakening of the monopoly on public attention, and introduce and examine a novel dynamic brought about by emergent attention economy: networked microcelebrity activism. I examine this novel dynamic through case studies and raise questions for future exploration. — “Not This One”: Social Movements, the Attention Economy, and Microcelebrity Networked Activism | Zeynep Tufekci
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Assessing the breadth and depth of open data publication in different countries, regional and sectors can play an important part in guiding open data policy and practice. The Open Knowledge Foundation’s Open Data Census, and the World Wide Web Foundation’s Web Index both seek to…
One Iraqi activist, Mazen al-Zaidi, wrote on his Facebook page that the civil movement forced the Iraqi parliament to reject the draft law pertaining to cybercrimes. He said that this bill violates the right of information exchange, as guaranteed by the Iraqi constitution.
Earlier, the Iraqi government had presented to parliament a draft law known as the Cybercrimes Act, which would levy heavy punishments on those who circulate information pertaining to national security.
The draft law addressed in particular Internet and cell-phone users. The government declared that, throughout the drafting process, it had referred to similar laws in some Arab countries, in addition to the US law in this regard.
After the parliament approved revoking the law, the head of the parliamentary Culture and Media Committee said, “The government presented the draft law in 2006, when the country was plagued by terrorism. Al-Qaeda misused the Internet to publish press releases, recruit terrorists and post tips on how to make bombs and IEDs. At the time, the law was a security necessity. — Iraqi Parliament Rejects Draft Cybercrime Bill
President Benigno Aquino signed the law in September last year, amid huge online protests, to stamp out cybercrimes such as fraud, identity theft, spamming and child pornography. But opponents swiftly sued over provisions that authorise heavy prison terms for online libel and give the state powers to shut down websites and monitor online activities. The court in October issued a four-month injunction that was to have lapsed this week, as it scrutinised the law for possible violations of constitutional provisions on freedom of expression. De Lima did not say how long the new injunction would be in force and Supreme Court officials declined to comment. Aquino spokesman Ramon Carandang said the government acknowledged the public’s concerns. He noted that even its chief lawyer, Solicitor-General Francis Jardeleza, had publicly acknowledged that shutting down websites may be illegal. — Philippines’ SC again blocks cybercrime law
“The purpose of this Act is to ensure that telecommunications service providers have the capability to enable national security and law enforcement agencies to exercise their authority to intercept communications and to require telecommunications service providers to provide subscriber and other information, without unreasonably impairing the privacy of individuals, the provision of telecommunications services to Canadians or the competitiveness of the Canadian telecommunications industry.”
And yes, that does translate as “This law means Police and spooks can require carriers and ISPs to hand over details about their customers, and that they do online or on the phone.” The Bill even required “telecommunications service providers” to decrypt data they held. — Canada cans net surveillance law
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“An online forum for elderly people has been shut down because of “racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic comments”.”
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Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to China, Australia and other countries, Mr. Abubakarr Multi Kamara, has been appointed Permanent Representative at the United Nations, replacing Mr. Shekou Touray whose predicament we had predicted many weeks ago. Touray is very likely to be re-assigned to another country or to another position in Freetown. Multi-Kamara has been replaced by the ruling party (APC) Secretary-General and former civil servant Mr. Victor Foh. Multi was not the original choice for Permanent Representative however, according to very reliable sources in Freetown. — Ambassador Multi-Kamara - possibly the finest name in international diplomacy.
There is no question that public awareness of—that is, disgust with—corruption has grown. In the last year, quarterly polls conducted by the Center for Sociological Investigations saw Spaniards rank it as the country’s fourth gravest problem, surpassed only by unemployment and other economic issues. Yet, the Bárcenas revelations brought only an estimated 1,000 people to an impromptu demonstration held in front of Popular Party headquarters in Madrid. “The idea that politicians are getting envelopes stuffed with cash during these moments of crisis has certainly generated a sense of indignation,” says Villoria. “But there’s also a sense of what can you do besides answer a poll?” While those polls show overwhelming support for toughening sanctions against corruption, little government action has yet been taken. In the wake of the latest scandals, the Popular Party has promised to conduct a thorough internal investigation and prime minister Rajoy said that “his hand would not tremble” to punish anyone found guilty of misconduct. It has also promised greater accountability and oversight in the form of a Transparency Law, proposed last March but still not yet approved, that would require governments at all levels to make their accounts available to the public. But already there are caveats. On Friday, it was announced, that the royal family would be exempt from the law. And thanks to opposition from both the PP and the PSOE so too, most likely, will political parties. Over 75,000 citizens have signed an online petition asking that the parties be included in the legislation. But for that to happen, something would have to change. — Spain Is Disgusted With Corruption But Can Anything Be Done About It? | TIME.com
Is India turning intolerant to freedom of speech and expression?
At the award function of Advertising Association of India on Saturday I had listed paradoxes that rule our public discourse. One of them was right to freedom of speech and expression qua reasonable restrictions. When you consider this maxim within the overarching landscape of increasing instruments of information dissemination which are empowering people and juxtapose it on a society which is on a short fuse, you have a very potent hot mix. That is why as a societal milieu we need to find this golden mean whereby we have to accept right to freedom of speech and expression also includes the right to offend. But it must be accompanied by a robust legal remedy which people can access if their outrage at the offence is pervasive. Unfortunately, this balance is skewed. Therefore, you have this outpouring which spills onto streets.
What about the ban on the movie, Vishwaroopam, in Tamil Nadu?
I have been thinking very hard about implications of the controversy. The implications are ominous. The right of the states to enact laws under Entry 32 of the state list on theatres and dramatic performances and cinemas are clearly circumscribed by exclusive jurisdiction of the Union to certify films as being fit for exhibition. And if every state is going to start imposing its own restrictions, then it will have serious consequences on the essence of free speech. That is why my government has decided to revisit the statutory landscape and put in place a mechanism which ensures constitutional sanctity is upheld. — Freedom of expression must include right to offend: Manish Tewari - The Economic Times
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