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Food for thought—certainly worth thinking about in the midst of a very polarised debate over internet governance at the ITU meeting in Dubai this month.

Gurstein's Community Informatics

The usually rather sedate world of Internet Governance (see also my earlier blogpost on this) 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)

To counter these villains, a Justice League of like minded countries (lead by the superhero itself, the US government) but including various sidekicks (mostly from the OECD); corporate Silver Surfers such as Google; and even the Clark Kent’s of the world in the person of various elements of global Civil Society has been created.  They have all come together in a massive “Hands off the Internet” (HOI) campaign which was sufficiently popular…

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