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Saturday 22 November 2014

Malala

If we take peace seriously, then Malala should not have been awarded Nobel's price. The problem is not really that Malala is young, nor about her having been photographed in the company of one or another more or less abominable politician. The problem is the way the members of the Nobel committee neglect the peace. For them, peace may signify anything that corresponds to their preferred variety of goodness.

Personally, I see no reason to doubt that Malala is good and brave and admirable. But what has she done specifically for peace?

Alfred Nobel might have been just a Capitalist philantrophist, like so many others. He had, however, the good sense to take peace seriously. And we of the so called Left also ought to do so.

Peace is doable, as somebody said.

(in respons to comments by Arundhati Roy and others)

Friday 9 May 2014

THE PEACE, THE INTERNET AND THE LIBRARY (Sarajevo 6-9 June)

In order to commemorate the work of the peacemovements during the last 100 years we arrange the PEACE EVENT SARAJEVO 6-9 June.

But who are we?

How Far Should The Library Aid The Peace Movement and Similar Propaganda? asked librarian George F. Bowerman in his address at the American Library Association National Conference in Berkeley, California 1915.

We also want to look into the future. Therefore, the workshop PEACE AND THE INTERNET is also on the program in Sarajevo. Has the Internet created the prerequiste for a more enduring world peace? How can the library contribute to "the sympathetic world spirit" (Bowerman) which will certainly also be needed?

These questions are to be discussed against the background of the recent NetMundial-conference on "Internet governance" in Sao Paulo.

More about Peace Event Sarajevo via http://p2014.eu and about the workshop Peace and the Internet via http://is.gd/KluLtD

Saturday 26 April 2014

Your strategy will prevail


It is hopeless. And we do not give up.
--Jan-Erik Vold, Norwegian poet, b. 1939.

When you have a long period without a major war, you tend to forget the peace all while the states continue to prepare for that major war.

Last year they spent 1700 billions on their armies and nuclear weapons space missile defenses while talking about the climate.

They. You. And me.

In these days, it looks like we, the peace movement of 2014, would be shrinking as rapidly as the peace movement of 1914.

And we do not give up. How about a joint Russian-European nuclear disarmament initiative "from below"?

Coda

To win a war you need to fight. To win the fight you need a plan, a strategy. But first of all you need courage.

Take courage, implement your strategy. Nuclear disarmament will prevail.

Thursday 24 April 2014

PEACE AND THE INTERNET at Peace Event Sarajevo 2014

Idea paper for the workshop (version 9 April 2014; last updated 8 May):

"PEACE AND THE INTERNET"

Place : Sarajevo

Venue: (See the program of Peace Event Sarajevo http://p2014.eu)

Preliminary Date: 7 June 2014 (See the program of Peace Event Sarajevo)

Introductions: Rita Freire (Ciranda, Brazil), Mikael Böök (Network Institute for Global Democratization, Finland)

Organisation: Peace Union of Finland (www.rauhanliitto.fi)

Contact: Mikael Böök book at kaapeli.fi +358-445511324

Discussion:

Is the internet something that people can do something about? How to make cyberpeace instead of cyberwar? In Snowden's time, everybody must have given these questions some thought so the time is ripe for them to be discussed at the social forums and in the peace movement. And, after the next Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance (Sao Paulo, Brazil, 23-24 April, 2014) the actuality of the subject is almost guaranteed.

  • Internet governance? State governments who continue to prepare for war against each other have failed and will probably continue to fail if they try to govern the internet. The same goes for big corporations who wish to introduce corporatist versions of internet governance. Unfortunately, they may have succeeded for the time being. The peace movement ought to dig a route to people power.
  • Library power? The internet is like the library mankind's only trustworthy memory. And, to use a common term when speaking about internet governance: internet and library are multistakeholder institutions. But how about letting the librarians govern the internet, as far as this new cybernetic (self-governing) institution needs to be governed at all? Could the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) become a subdivision of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)?
  • Alliance with the free software community. During WW II, Communists allied themselves with Capitalists to defeat Fascism. Today, a great alliance between the peace movement and the free software community is badly needed. Can these two find a common language?

Reference material:

de Nardis, Laura & Raymond, Mark: "Thinking Clearly about Multistakeholder Internet Governance" (Paper presented at Eight Annual GigaNet Symposium, Bali Oct 2013; available via https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2354377)

de Nardis, Laura: The Global War for Internet Governance (Yale UP 2014)