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Â â€œI see a gradual slide toward corporate and government control…by control I mean contentâ€
The session started with a discussion of TOR / BitCoin / BitTorrent â€“ all created specifically to circumvent control systems that were already in existence. The question then posed to the room was:
“How long before our government moves to block/disable these things? […]Â What is your bottom line? How pissed off do you need to get before you take action?”
Digital Citizenship – Cybersafety
Stream led by: Martin Cocker (NetSafe) – NetHui Digital Citizenship Forum
Martin started off the session by outlining there things are in New Zealand, as well as providing a context for theÂ terminologyÂ which would follow. In this regard, Digital Citizens were defined as those using technologies to have:
- Greater productivity (via use of technology)
- A better education experience
- Connections with e-government
- The responsibility to â€œBalanceâ€ theÂ digitalÂ society
- Politically, we can vote out non-performers
- Commercially, we can only influence via our adoption and usage of technologies.
- We can’t vote for everyone (politically) but we can influence viaÂ usageÂ and adoption
You could tell that you’d arrived at the NetHui because every seat anywhere remotely near a power source was occupied by someone hunched over an electronic device, either furiously tapping away at a keyboard or swiping at a screen.
- Opening Address: Vikram Kumar / Rod Drury
- Presentation of InternetNZ Lifetime Achievement Award
- World Internet Project
- Focus Streams:
- Digital Citizenship – Cyber-safety
- Digital Citizenship – Combating Cyber-bullying & Harassment
- Globalisation, the Internet and the Law – The Internet as a revolutionary tool
- Innovation & Emerging Issues – Privacy Issues for business in the new digital age
- Digital Citizenship – 21st Century Parenting: Challenges and Solutions
Those crazy French have declared access to the Internet is a “fundamental human right” as part of its decision in overturning the recent, and controversial “three strikes” anti-piracy law….Philosophically I can’t agree with the ruling or Corey here, we have no rights other than the right to what we can create for ourselves – these creations can be traded for things such as food, water and shelter – or even bandwidth.
Those crazy French have declared access to the Internet is a “fundamental human right” as part of its decision in overturning the recent, and controversial “three strikes” anti-piracy law. The Constitutional Council, France’s highest court appear to agree with Corey Doctorow who wrote the following:
Here’s a prediction: in five years, a UN convention will enshrine network access as a human right (preemptive strike against naysayers: “Human rights” aren’t only water, food and shelter, they include such “nonessentials” as free speech, education, and privacy). In ten years, we won’t understand how anyone thought it wasn’t a human right.
Philosophically I can’t agree with the ruling or Corey here, we have no rights other than the right to what we can create for ourselves – these creations can be traded for things such as food, water and shelter – or even bandwidth.
While I really dislike being ‘disconnected’ from the grid, my social networks and the sources of information/opinion that I use to educate, entertain and improve myself – I can’t accept that this access is something that must be provided for me. I think the French have overstepped on this one – I love the outcome, but I think their artistic, socialist side is showing here.
There’s a good discussion on this taking place over onÂ ReadWrite Web who are covering this story – what say you?