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Realising the value of publication information

Governments and public bodies have always been in the business of managing information - as creators, controllers, distributors, and more. Until the mid-1990s, however, most states took on only two main roles as holders of information. First, they took responsibility for ensuring that information on...
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Decision-making in a culture of participation

"A culture of participation involves a community which is to some large extent, self-governing. In principle, everyone participates in the decision-making process, perhaps just by voicing their opinion. In principle, decisions have buy-in from everyone involved, even if they are merely tolerated. In such environments...
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The need for a "knowledge web" for scholarship

This essay argues that in many ways, our society is not taking full advantage of the generative possibilities the web brings to us. As James Boyle has noted, the networks bring enormous transformative power to us as consumers – of shoes, music, hotel rooms, gambling...
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Money for provision and clicks for free

Online advertising has boomed and become the fastest growing segment of advertising. In terms of dollars spent, it grew at 40% annually between 2003 and 2007. In the future, advertisers are expected to spend $54 billion on online advertising in 2011, that is, the double...
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The path towards centralization of Internet governance under the UN

As part of the Tunis Agenda for the Information Society that resulted from the United Nations (UN) World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), governments agreed to set in motion an Internet Governance Forum (IGF), mandating it, among other tasks, to: 'Discuss public policy issues...