ICT Policy hand book (Part 4: Visions of the right to communicate)

By L.S. Harms, Jim Richstad, K.A. Kie - 1977

The notion of human rights is based on the understanding that everyone in society should be free to participate fully in social and political activities and to be protected from attempts to restrict the exercise of this right to citizenship. In various countries it has been extended further, to include cultural and socio-economic rights (such as the right to health care, housing and clean environment), also known as second and third generation rights. Whether we can simply extend the existing set of rights to apply to the realm of the ‘information society’, or need rather to formulate a new set of rights such as communication rights, digital rights, and internet rights – and what would be the content of these rights – are issues addressed in this chapter.

By L.S. Harms, Jim Richstad, K.A. Kie| 1977
Categories:  Concepts


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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