Issue No. 287/288 (Jul/Aug 2014)

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COVER: Democratising global Internet governance: Issues and challenges

The Internet: Challenges and discontents
Numerous 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

Global 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

The 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

Multistakeholderism - a conduit for the corporate takeover of the Internet
The 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.
By Prabir Purkayastha and Rishab Bailey

How can the Internet be de-monopolised?
An interview with Robert McChesney by Sally Burch.

Western-dominated Internet governance harms Southern economies
The Western dominance of Internet governance threatens to destroy a great part of the potential benefits, specifically for the economies of developing countries.
By Norbert Bollow

Human rights, the Internet and its governance
Some neglected dimensions of human rights on the Internet are highlighted.
By Richard Hill

Cyber-surveillance and control vs Internet rights
The 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 activity. 
By Sally Burch

Whither a just and equitable Internet?
The 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.
By Urvashi Sarkar


China rivers on brink of collapse
A new report warns that reckless dam construction has brought China's river ecosystems to the point of collapse. 
By Peter Bosshard


The era of mega-arbitration: International court rules against Russia in $50 billion decision
Former 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

Farmland meets finance: Is land the new economic bubble?
Powerful 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


How Israel undermines international law through 'lawfare'
Israel 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

UN chief accused of biased stance on Gaza conflict
UN 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

Can the Thai junta deliver on promise to 'bring back happiness'?
There 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.
By Tom Fawthrop


UN moves to establish legal instrument on TNCs
The 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.
By Kinda Mohamadieh


Activists, government push forward bill to prevent gender violence in Burma
Perpetrators 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


The flight of the children
The 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


Imitation of water
Joao 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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