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Overview

International 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 technology 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 knowledge divide, a social divide, and an economic divide; and the need for a nondiscriminatory information society to provide universal access to information technology 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 technology 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 technology, 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 Jørgensen, Hans Klein, Charley Lewis, Meryem Marzouki, Birgitte
Kofod Olsen, Kay Raseroka, Adama Samassékou, Mandana Zarrehparvar

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What People Are Saying

From the Publisher

"A remarkable, sober, and sobering book, quite different from the triumphalist celebrations of the information society as a universal panacaea.
Jorgensen convincingly demonstrates the tremendous human rights issues that are at stake."--Peter Leuprecht, Faculty of Political Science and Law, University of Quebec at Montreal

The MIT Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262600675
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2006
  • Series: Information Revolution and Global Politics
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 324
  • Sales rank: 1,142,594
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Rikke Frank Jørgensen 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).
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Table of Contents

I Freedom of expression, access to information, and privacy protection 51
1 The right to express oneself and to seek information 53
2 The right to information in the age of information 73
3 Access to information and knowledge 91
4 Intellectual property rights and the information commons 107
5 Privacy as freedom 121
II Freedom of association, participation, and procedural protections 149
6 The right of assembly and freedom of association in the information age 151
7 The right to political participation and the information society 185
8 The "guarantee rights" for realizing the rule of law 197
III Equal treatment and development 219
9 A nondiscriminatory information society 221
10 Women's human rights in the information society 235
11 Ensuring minority rights in a pluralistic and "liquid" information society 263
12 The right to development in the information society 281
Afterword : the Tunis commitment
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