Has Politics Gone Peer to Peer?
Here’s an excerpt of the discussion organized by the MIT Center for Civic Media:
“Stephen responds that democracy has more or less become synonymous with representative democracy. And that’s not how Linux is made. Wikipedia isn’t a bunch of people elected to be elite encyclopedists. Lessig thinks that democracy is too tightly associated with professionals. One of the hardest things in front of us is the need to revise amateur politics: people who are involved because they have a love for service and being citizens. The distinction between professionals and amateurs … Continue reading »
A Magna Carta Moment for Internet Freedom
Rebecca MacKinnon, whose new book, Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom, was released [February 2012], addressed the issue of Internet freedom at a TED Talk in Edinburgh last year. She spoke of the Internet’s “border busting” potential, as well as how that potential is being stifled by censorship—and not just in the places you would expect.
There is, according to MacKinnon, a “Magna Carta moment” coming when the people will demand that “government and technology serve the world’s people and not the other way around.”
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The AFP wants a CyberSecurity War Room
The Magna Carta on Internet Freedom supports the AFP’s Cybersecurity initiative.