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08 Dec 2010, Posted by Eric Karstens in Internet, 0 Comments

WikiLeaks, the Cloud, and Internet pluralism: A roundup of emerging lessons learned


There is an oligopolistic infrastructure emerging on the Web that facilitates the manipulation and exploitation of the public as well as censorship and obstruction of inconvenient content at a mere whim of a handful of private companies, or by – more or less stealthy – government influence.

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27 Oct 2010, Posted by Eric Karstens in European Policy, Internet, Media Policy, 0 Comments

The EU’s Digital Agenda (part II): Megalomania or Jack of all Trades?


What Europe is still missing is a substantial intellectual debate about the Digital Agenda and its implications for civil society and politics. Europe dearly needs innovative and groundbreaking outside-the-box-yet-pragmatic thinking at the interface between technology and the public sphere.

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20 Oct 2010, Posted by Eric Karstens in European Policy, Internet, Media Policy, 0 Comments

The EU’s Digital Agenda (part I): What is at stake?


Across all the application areas of the EU’s Digital Agenda policy there are several common and mutually interdependent issues which need to be tackled irrespective of the specific purpose of a technological solution. This is why I first take a look at some of the most important overarching issues at stake. Political analysis will follow in part II.

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25 Nov 2009, Posted by Eric Karstens in Internet, 0 Comments

How Internet structure affects content pluralism


We should start to re-assess Internet infrastructure and content repositories from the point of view of a public service that must not be entrusted to the business interests of a handful of companies alone.

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