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RE: [atlarge-discuss] Latin America and Africa
At 12:45 PM 8/9/2002, Judith Oppenheimer wrote:
Friday, August 09, 2002 * 2:25 PM EDT USA
You want woman's interests? This woman is interested in having her child
inherit a cyberworld free from Orwellian constraints on liberty and
That means recapturing influence on internet governance. That's why I'm
My overarching interests as a man, uniquely and specifically a gay man, are
the same as Judith's.
I would add "free from constraints on thought" in the form now popularly
and properly known as "manufactured consent;" and all the various forms,
overt and covert, direct and indirect, of violence or threats of violence
against any and all who differ.
As an American I am ashamed of my country that we are the chief
manufacturers of both, suffer the ill affects of them daily domestically,
and that we are now the chief exporters as well.
What does all this have to do with Internet governance? If anyone finds it
not self-evident, I'll feel prompted to write an epistle on the subject. ;-)
For me personally it has everything to do with Internet governance with a
capital "G" that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered kids around the
whole planet have access to information, resources and opportunity to
obtain support of their freedom to be who they are.
(I'm not diminishing in any way others' agendas and needs. I'm saying this
organization deals with internet governance. With appropriate governance,
I would hope others' needs and agendas can more readily be facilitated via
the net. That is my hope.)
Completely as an aside (but on point), I wonder what access kids in Viet
Nam, for example, have to such information with the reports I've read on
this list of the government's wanting to be sure that their Internet
evolves socially responsibly? I only single out Viet Nam as it's been
mentioned here, not for any other reason.
Put your action where your... err... speech is! Create your personal
volunteer profile at http://www.icannatlarge.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=19
and tell everyone what you have done, and/or can do, and/or are willing to
do -- NOW! :-)
(Please at least book mark the above link.)