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World Charter of Free Media
¤ World Forum of Free Media ¤ 15 April 2015
We, communicators and activists committed to multiple emancipatory communication practices across different regions of the world, freely assembled in March 2015 in Tunis, on the occasion of the 4th World Forum on Free Media, organized in the framework of the World Social Forum 2015, Adopt this World Charter of Free Media, as the result of our collective reflection initiated in 2013, and as an expression of our resistance, and our commitment to just and emancipatory communication, and our (...) read more

Beyond 2015: Media as Democracy and Development
¤ Fackson Banda ¤ 13 December 2013
At the heart of how democratic governance contributes to development is the right to freedom of expression. This right is recognised as a basic human right in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the European Convention on Human Rights, the American Convention on Human Rights and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. As such, it lends itself to universal recognition and application. The right further subsumes freedom of information, and press freedom. The importance of the (...) read more

Atlanta Declaration and Plan of Action For The Advancement Of The Right Of Access To Information
¤ Advancement of the Right of Access to Information ¤ 17 September 2009
125 members from 40 countries, representing governments, civil society organizations, international bodies and financial institutions, among others, gathered in Atlanta, United States, in 2008 February, and adopted the Atlanta Declaration And Plan Of Action For The Advancement Of The Right Of Access To Information The fundamental right of access to information is inherent in all cultures and systems of government. A lack of access to information disproportionately affects the poor, (...) read more

Political Oversight of the ICANN: A Briefing for the WSIS Summit
¤ Internet Governance Project ¤ 14 April 2008
As the UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) approaches its final meeting, political oversight of Internet governance has become the paramount issue. It has also proven to be a politically charged and divisive issue, making it impossible for the 3rd Prepcom to reach an agreement. In this document we attempt to provide conceptual clarity on issues relating to political oversight. We first define political oversight and briefly assess why it might or might not be needed for (...) read more

Net Neutrality as Global Principle for Internet Governance
¤ Milton Mueller ¤ 14 April 2008
This paper discusses the concept of network neutrality and explores its relevance to global Internet governance. Internet neutrality is usually seen as a domestic regulatory issue. And in many ways it has been a domestically focused controversy, up to now. The Concept of Network Neutrality (NN) originates in a debate over the policies to be applied to broadband access networks, which are typically licensed and regulated at the national or even the state and local levels. But as a (...) read more

The Commons, the State and Transformative Politics
¤ Hilary Wainwright ¤ December 2007
Hilary Wainwright examines how new technology and new forms of organization are coming together to transform the left and labor movements, political representation and democracy. Among those taking part in the resistance to the G8 in Rostok actions there were a group of around thirty activist intellectuals from Europe, Latin America and North America who met in the fourth seminar of the ‘Networked Politics’ series, an international inquiry into ’rethinking political organisation in an (...) read more


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