Shaping Information Societies for Human Needs

Various authors, Dec 12, 2003
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is the Civil Society Declaration to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and consists of a statement of broad principles which are (in my view) worthy of endorsement in general. "We are committed to building information and communication societies that are people-centred, inclusive and equitable. Societies in which everyone can freely create, access, utilise, share and disseminate information and knowledge, so that individuals, communities and peoples are empowered to improve their quality of life and to achieve their full potential. Societies founded on the principles of social, political, and economic justice, and peoples' full participation and empowerment, and thus societies that truly address the key development challenges facing the world today. Societies that pursue the objectives of sustainable development, democracy, and gender equality, for the attainment of a more peaceful, just, egalitarian and thus sustainable world, premised on the principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights."
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