[governance] Is This An Issue for Internet Governance/Internet Human Rights?

Deirdre Williams williams.deirdre at gmail.com
Mon Jul 25 07:23:34 EDT 2011

Dear All,
This is coming very late, but -
Reading the list that Jeremy sent made me wonder again about the separation
between Freedom of [government] Information and Access to Knowledge. Part of
the issue is the wording. Tomorrow I will be attending a validation exercise
on the amendments proposed for Saint Lucia's Freedom of Information Act,
where freedom of information seems to equate with access to knowledge, but
access to a restricted range of knowledge.
I often find it helpful to try to look at issues from a different angle -
what if "information" and "knowledge" were conflated, and a set of
provisions suggested to regulate the negotiations between the "general
public" and the "owners" of the information/knowledge?
I felt that Jeremy's list tends towards my "what if" proposal above.
Does anyone have ideas about this?

On 22 July 2011 04:14, Jeremy Malcolm <jeremy at ciroap.org> wrote:

> **
> On 22/07/11 15:49, Norbert Bollow wrote:
> In my view, it's clearly a governance issue to either decide that no
> action should be taken to protect people from this kind of risks, or
> to decide and implement measures to protect users of services like
> Google's from this kind of loss of their valuable personal data and
> online identity.
> If you don't classify this as "an internet governance issue", what
> kind of governance issue is it then?
> For example, Consumers International is proposing that this sort of issue
> be the subject of an international guideline on consumer protection law:
> http://a2knetwork.org/guidelines/access-to-knowledge/#21
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“The fundamental cure for poverty is not money but knowledge" Sir William
Arthur Lewis, Nobel Prize Economics, 1979
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