The development of the Internet challenges traditional conceptions of information rights. There is a need to address information rights within a comprehensive human rights framework, specifically, a right to communicate.
Affordable, fast and easy access to the internet can help create more egalitarian societies. The APC Internet Charter in English, French and Spanish.
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.
The new tools of information and communication play an increasingly important role in many organisations, providing new opportunities and new challenges. The human rights world, for which good quality information is a prime requisite and information management is a vital skill, is equally faced with the opportunities and threats of these tools in promoting and protecting human rights.
As it grows in scope, bandwidth, and functionality, the Internet will require greater coordination, but it is not yet clear what kind of coordinating mechanisms will evolve. The essays in this volume clarify these issues and suggest possible models for governing the Internet.