[governance] IS THE DIGITAL DIVIDE A PHANTOM?
karl at cavebear.com
Mon Jul 30 15:57:43 EDT 2007
> We clearly have differing definitions of "access" For me, It's
> accesible if I can ping the host (Do I have acccess to the Internet?).
> For you it's reading a page? Try Google's "translate this" feature.
I believe in starting small and learning before trying to solve all
problems. Thus for purposes of these intial stages of internet
governance I have on several occassions defined the internet in the
The internet is the open system that carries IP packets from source
IP addresses to destination IP addresses.
Governance of that the thing that reifies that limited definition is
already a complex topic that has, so far, defied solution.
Going beyond that and including governance of layered-on, optional
applications (such as HTML carried in HTTP, i.e. "the web") seems, to my
mind, to be biting off too much and reduces the chances of success.
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