Did WSIS Achieve Anything At All?

By Cees J. Hamelink - 2004

The focus of this article is on the lack of political and economic context in the WSIS discourse. It points out that the official WSIS final texts do not refer to the already existing international agreements for information and communication, which render most of the WSIS recommendations exercises in futility. The author concludes that unless fundamentally new governance institutions are created, all the WSIS visions and proposals are destined to fail.

Gazette: The International Journal for Communication Studies. 2004. Vol 66(3-4): 281-290. PDF.



By Cees J. Hamelink| 2004


Communication rights enable all people everywhere to express themselves individually and collectively by all means of communication. They are vital to full participation in society and are, therefore, universal human rights belonging to every man, woman, and child.


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