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- DescriptionInternational organizations, governments, academia, industry, and the media have all begun to grapple with the information society as a global policy issue. The first United Nations World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), held in December 2003, recognized the connections between information techlogy and human rights with a Declaration of Principles -- in effect, the first constitution for cyberspace -- that called for the development of the information society to conform to recognized standards of human rights. Critical issues in the policy debates around WSIS have been the so-called digital divide, which reflects a kwledge divide, a social divide, and an ecomic divide; and the need for a ndiscriminatory information society to provide universal access to information techlogy in local languages throughout the developing world. Other crucial issues include the regulatory frameworks for information access and ownership and such basic freedoms as the right to privacy. The contributors to this timely volume examine the links between information techlogy and human rights from a range of disciplinary perspectives. Scholars, human rights activists, and practitioners discuss such topics as freedom of expression, access to information, privacy, discrimination, gender equality, intellectual property, political participation, and freedom of assembly in the context of the revolution in information and communication techlogy, exploring the ways in which the information society can either advance human rights around the world or threaten them. An afterword reports on the November 2005 WSIS, held in Tunis, and its reaffirmation of the fundamental role of human rights in the global information society. Contributors:David Banisar, William Drake, Ran Greenstein, Anriette Esterhuysen, Robin Gross, Gus Hosein, Heike Jensen, Rikke Frank Jorgensen, Hans Klein, Charley Lewis, Meryem Marzouki, Birgitte Kofod Olsen, Kay Raseroka, Adama Samassekou, Mandana Zarrehparvar
- Author BiographyRikke Frank Jorgensen is Senior Adviser at the Danish Institute for Human Rights and adviser to the Danish Delegation to the World Summit on the Information Society. She is on the boards of Digital Rights (DK) and European Digital Rights (EDRI).
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication14/07/2006
- SubjectPolitics: General & Reference
- Series TitleInformation Revolution and Global Politics
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMIT Press
- Weight567 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine12 mm
- Edited byRikke Frank Jorgensen
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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