This section lists major materials that discuss communication rights.
This article maintains that the price for inclusion in the World Summit on the Information Society – which finally has been achieved through the Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) – has been the erosion of an oppositional civil society within the summit itself.
This article argues that it is important to position the UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in a historical perspective to understand the roots of the current debate and how they relate to changes that are affecting the world today.
How to draw a line between free practice of the human right to communicate, which involves the recipients’ choice of the message, its sender, and its possible consequences on the one hand, and possible social censorship against hate speech, and propaganda on the other.
This chapter argues for a re-conceptualization of digital divide policy based on the emerging notion of the right to communicate which is present in international social movements. Its uses a comparative analysis of international efforts that place communication rights, rather than speech rights, at the forefront of policy.
What happened after the New World Information and Communication Order (NWICO) and the report prepared by the MacBride Commission: is it the case that 20 years mean nothing? This article analyses the global discussions around the flow of information and communication from the NWICO to the WSIS.
In this personal reflection Antonio Pasquali, a former Assistant Director General of UNESCO and Head of its Communication Sector, revisits some of the key debates during the 1970s and 1980s about global communication.
Introduction to an issue of Continuum based on a research colloquium in 2003 in Italy titled 'Information Society Visions and Governance: The World Summit on the Information Society and Beyond.'
Playing with the acronym WSIS, this article explores a number of moments of articulation and contradiction within the WSIS process, including gender imbalance, the politics of the inside and the outside, the space between rhetoric and action, and the lack of media coverage of a media-focused event.
To understand the encounter at the WSIS requires an enquiry going back over 30 years, covering two main strands that converged in Geneva December 2003: the ‘information society’ debate and the ‘communication debate’.
Civil Society Declaration to the World Summit on the Information Society, unanimously adopted by the WSIS Civil Society Plenary on 8 December 2003.