Building the Information Society: a Global Challenge in the New Millennium

Various authors, World Summit on the Information Society, Nov 21, 2003
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The laterst version of the Draft Declaration of Principles for the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is now available, following discussions last week. It's a fascinating document; you can just see where the interests of certain groups jut into the thread and context of the document as a whole. Hence we see, for example, a resolution only to alleviate 'extreme' poverty, and, of course, the entrenchment of strong intellectual property rights, including 'authentication' (say "bye-bye privacy") into the core of the work. The authors assert that they are "the representatives of the peoples of the world," but I don't feel very represented. And it's not like this document, or any part of it, is ever going to come to a vote or anything.
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