[governance] FW: TP: city government exercising policy on Google Applications / consumer rights / Consumer Protection Act / trial period

Avri Doria avri at ella.com
Tue Jul 12 15:32:42 EDT 2011

On 12 Jul 2011, at 13:36, michael gurstein wrote:

> I sent it along as an example of the kind of dilemmas that the
> Internet presents in the context of governance regimes--local, national, and
> global.

I have been reading this exchange with interest.

Lately I have been looking at government control of the Internet, not so much from a normative view as from a circumvention point of view.  As governments put up all sorts of barriers and filters and 'kill-switchs' and such (helped by their handmaidens in industry - though sometimes it is tough to know who is the handmaiden and who is the mistress), how hard it is to circumvent government control has become a key issue for me.  It is an interesting test of the Internet and its design as non-disruptable communications medium to see what efforts need to be taken to insure connectivity in the face of government policies of disruption. I admit that this is more a technical concern than a policy concern, but it has become interesting to view government's role/repsonsiblity in the Internet from that perspective.


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