Facebook is not a good platform for sharing outrage

While any one of my 400+ Facebook “friends” could probably share my emotive bits and pieces with their networks of friends, and some of them do, the fact remains that most issues are forgotten very quickly, especially if they don’t directly affect most folks.  I continue to look for a Namibian equivalent of Avaaz, but alas, no such luck.  

So I’m choosing to use my blog more as a diary this year – a place to every now and then remind me and readers of issues which haven’t yet been resolved – like this one:

Incroyable! It is hard to believe that almost 7 years down the line (some of) these personalities continue to live this most remarkable notion of progress. Roll on, a hundred years of solitude! 

Hold on to your breakfast… 


This particular documentary reminds me of an earlier Darwin-like award for contributions to ICT4E in Namibia.

Things *really* haven’t changed.

Another issue which failed to elicit much reaction from my FB friends –

“The internet has given the world unimaginable economic and social benefit during the past 24 years. All without UN regulation. We cannot support an ITU Treaty that is inconsistent with the multi-stakeholder model of internet governance.” This is the position taken by the USA and a few other lateral thinkers at ITU’s WCIT-12 in Dubai this past month. A typically closed-shop ITU meeting of Telco and government officials revising an aging international treaty which many see as an excuse for member states to be given the “sovereign right” to “regulate the activities of operating agencies providing Internet access services within their national territory”. Countries like Sweden, Canada, Holland and Germany – even Malawi and the Gambia – who do not agree with this treaty, see the internet as an open, free and independent international service, not to be tampered with or regulated.

While it’s a slap in the face of internet freedom fighters in Namibia, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that our ITU representatives signed the treaty. They’ve always enjoyed being in control, even though it’s anyone’s guess who these Namibian decision makers were, this time round… Come to think of it, though, it’s also quite possible that they gave their proxy to the Russian delegation in order to do some last minute shopping. Why else would anyone convene a meeting of government officials in Dubai :-)?

And another issue – 

Dedicating works to the public domain is difficult if not impossible for those wanting to contribute, voluntarily and of their own free will, their works for public use before applicable copyright or database protection terms expire. Wouldn’t it be nice if our Ministry of ICT, legal custodian of copyright and related rights in Namibia, would consider Creative Commons offerings such as CC0, a universal tool that allows users to voluntarily relinquish all copyright, database and related rights to the fullest extent allowed by law, in their current amendments of this Act (6 of 1994)?


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