Issue No. 287/288 (Jul/Aug 2014)
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Democratising global Internet governance: Issues and challenges
Internet: Challenges and discontents
pressing issues with the development, technical architecture and governance
of the Internet threaten to stall or completely derail many of its benefits,
particularly to the developing world.
By Rishab Bailey
Internet governance: a developing-country perspective
There is still time for the South to develop a proactive strategy
to shape the emerging global regime on Internet governance, which should
be broadly based on a new paradigm of the Internet as a global commons
and a public utility.
By Parminder Jeet Singh
multistakeholder model and neoliberalism
Multistakeholderism is the counterpart of neoliberalism and is being
promoted as the basic governance model of Internet governance.
By Michael Gurstein
- a conduit for the corporate takeover of the Internet
whole basis of the multistakeholder model is that there should be no
regulation of the Internet economy, but the unregulated market has led
to the formation of powerful monopolies which stifle competition.
Purkayastha and Rishab Bailey
can the Internet be de-monopolised?
interview with Robert McChesney by Sally Burch.
Internet governance harms Southern economies
Western dominance of Internet governance threatens to destroy a great
part of the potential benefits, specifically for the economies of developing
By Norbert Bollow
rights, the Internet and its governance
neglected dimensions of human rights on the Internet are highlighted.
By Richard Hill
and control vs Internet rights
tension between, on the one hand, protecting civil liberties and the
privacy of communications, and, on the other, preventing cybercrime,
intellectual property violations, spamming and terrorist activities,
is likely to be at the centre of initiatives to regulate cyberspace
By Sally Burch
a just and equitable Internet?
NETmundial Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet
Governance, held in April in Sao Paulo, Brazil, raised hopes that a
progressive roadmap for Internet governance would emerge.
rivers on brink of collapse
new report warns that reckless dam construction has brought China's
river ecosystems to the point of collapse.
era of mega-arbitration: International court rules against Russia
in $50 billion decision
shareholders of the Russian oil giant Yukos have been awarded $50
billion in damages against Russia in one of the biggest arbitration
awards ever made against a sovereign state.
By Kavaljit Singh
meets finance: Is land the new economic bubble?
investors are now embracing farmland as a financial asset. If the
process continues unchecked, it could have lasting effects on land
ownership and farming worldwide.
By Madeleine Fairbairn
Israel undermines international law through 'lawfare'
has enlisted prominent legal experts in its latest assault against
Gaza, to delegitimise attempts to hold it accountable for its crimes
under international humanitarian law.
By Jeff Halper
chief accused of biased stance on Gaza conflict
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has again come under fire for his pro-Israel
bias with regard to the latest conflict in Gaza.
By Kanaga Raja
the Thai junta deliver on promise to 'bring back happiness'?
is little prospect of a resolution of Thailand's political crisis
by the military junta which has seized power as it is too aligned
to the country's traditional royalist elite which has come under challenge
in recent years.
moves to establish legal instrument on TNCs
United Nations Human Rights Council has adopted a historic and significant
resolution to start a process for an international legally binding
instrument on transnational corporations.
government push forward bill to prevent gender violence in Burma
of sexual violence in Burma have long evaded justice, but thanks to
the efforts of women's rights activists, a bill to prevent violence
against women is at last taking shape.
By Nyein Nyein
flight of the children
arrival of tens of thousands of refugee children into the United States
from Central America is the consequence of US involvement in Latin
America over the years.
By Jeremy Seabrook
Cabral de Melo Neto (1920-99), who was born and grew up in northeast
Brazil, served as a diplomat in Spain and other countries for many
years. Despite this, his poetry generally reflected his pastoral origins,
with natural elements as the motif of many of his works.
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