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key statements
Key Statements

On NGOs/multistakeholders in UN proceedings:

PrepCom chair

President of Conference of NGOs (CONGO)


World Bank

Civil Society Orgs in West Asia & Middle East/ IRAN

International Federation of Journalists:

key statements on ig
Key Statements on IG




internet governance
Internet Governance

Claudia Rosett, Journalist, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies

Ang Peng Hwa, WGIG member, Singapore

review of wilson s aims in irdc
Review of Wilson’s Aims in IRDC
  • To develop the strategic restructuring framework
  • To explain interactions between structure & agency in the information revolution in developing countries through comparative analysis of 3 cases
strategic restructuring model
Strategic Restructuring Model

Questions @ technology diffusion involve multiple factors:

  • What is the main cause of global diffusion patterns– economic structure, govt policies, or tech?
  • What mechanisms allow these technologies to diffuse?
  • Do diffusion dynamics portend greater equality or inequality?
  • Why do countries with similar structural and economic features have divergent patterns of ICT distribution? (p. 37)
strategic restructuring model7
Strategic Restructuring Model
  • Dependent variable: technology diffusion
  • Independent variables:
    • Structures (social, political, economic)
    • Institutions (persistent patterns of roles and incentives)
    • Politics (esp. elite individual’s strategic behaviors)
    • Govt. Policies (a mix of 4 policy balances: priv-pub initiative, competition-monopoly, foreign-domestic, centralized-decentralized)
key findings on ict diffusion solicit examples for each finding from wilson wsis countries
Key Findings on ICT Diffusionsolicit examples for each finding from Wilson & WSIS countries
  • Remarkable similarities across countries
  • Individual ICT champions: major influence
  • MNCs: modest influence on ICTD
  • Structures & their links to institutions play a determining role in ICTD
    • Social networks determine technical networks
    • ICTD: a global process of sequential local innovation and restructuring
key findings on ict diffusion cont
Key Findings on ICT Diffusion(Cont.)
  • Effective access to ICTs is more difficult than formal access
    • International Computer Driving License
  • ICTD requires leadership, policies, and $$
  • ICTs’ effects to date
    • On LDCs as a whole: limited
    • On small cadres of national elites: very significant
  • LDCs vary widely in capacity to create an indigenous culture of knowledge innovation
key finding on srs framework
Key Finding on SRS Framework

The strategic restructuring model is a robust characterization of the complex causal processes of political, institutional, and policy changes that have occurred across the ICT sectors.

  • It works empirically

as Wilson theorized it would

manuel castells making sense of our world
Manuel Castells’ “Making Sense of Our World”
  • Castells: a leading theorist of globalization
  • Published in 1998 as the concluding chapter to a 3 volume (1000 page) trilogy on globalization, ICTs, and identity
  • Touches on many of the course topics and themes
  • Addresses social, economic, and political shifts in the “Information Age”
castells concept of informationalism
Castells’ concept of Informationalism
  • Definition:
    • “a technological paradigm based on the augmentation of the human capacity of information processing and communication made possible by the revolutions in microelectronics, software, and genetic engineering”
  • Informationalism has become the material foundation of core-zone society
    • Generation of wealth
    • Exercise of power
    • Creation of cultural codes

->now depend on ICT capacity

sites of change in the information society
Sites of Change inthe Information Society
  • Relationships of production
  • Social class relationships

->Who are the producers now, and who appropriates the products of their labor?

  • Power relations
    • Crisis of the nation-state as sovereign entity
    • Crisis of political democracy
sites of change cont
Sites of Change (cont.)
  • Globalization of capital
  • Multilateralization of power institutions
  • Decentralization of authority to regional and local governments

 induce a new geometry of power, and perhaps a new form of state: the “network state”

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Sites of Change (cont.)
  • “Cultural battles are the power battles of the Information Age”
  • Fought primarily in and by the media
  • Power lies in networks of information exchange & symbolic manipulation
  • Network society: the new social structure of the Info Age