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Michael J. Oghia

Michael J. Oghia is a Belgrade-based independent consultant, researcher, and editor working within the Internet governance ecosystem, focusing on sustainable access and the relationship between the Internet, the environment, and sustainability. Twitter: @mikeoghia

The right to be forgotten risks becoming a tool to curb free press

Online news archives highlight the tension between the right to know and the right to be forgotten. Online archives are a flash point in the on-going battle over the right to be forgotten. Image: DRs Kulturarvsprojekt (CC BY-SA 2.0) Ever since the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) handed down its decision in the landmark 2014 case of Google Spain v AEPD and Mario Costeja González, a war of rights has quietly waged in courtrooms across Europe. Out …

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Internet access, sustainability, and citizen participation: electricity as a prerequisite for democracy?

Electronic waste: 100,000 migrant workers labour in China’s Guiyu province break down imported computers in hundreds of small operations like this one. Image: baselactionnetwork, CC BY-NC 4.0. Some rights reserved.At its core, sustainability simply refers to the ability to live harmoniously within an environment over time. When applied to modern society, humanity’s long-term survival rests not only on environmental and ecological harmonization, but also on our social and cultural harmonization – the ability to collaborate, communicate effectively, resolve conflict peacefully …

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Michael J. Oghia

Michael J. Oghia is a Belgrade-based independent consultant, researcher, and editor working within the Internet governance ecosystem, focusing on sustainable access and the relationship between the Internet, the environment, and sustainability. Twitter: @mikeoghia

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The future of US net neutrality under Trump

Welcome and Opening Remarks from Commissioner Ajit Pai, May 2014.Wikicommons/Federal Communications Commission.Public domain. As this openDemocracy series has poignantly highlighted, digital rights should never be taken for granted. For all those keeping a close eye on US politics, this reality could not resonate more ominously. With the new Republican administration of Donald J. Trump, there is plenty of kindle to fuel a fire of discussion and, often enough, outrage. Yet, behind all of the grandstanding, tweeting, and obscene showmanship, there …

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