1. All knowledge, including science, is a common heritage of humankind. To increase human knowledge has been one of the most fundamental endeavors of humanity throughout history.
2. Knowledge and the methods of its production can result in both emancipation and advancement of societal interests and/or domination and oppression.
3. We believe that the right to freedom of expression, government regulation of the sector, commercial interests of cultural industries and interests of users must be reconciled. The information and communication system does not always reflect the most authentic and profound interest, or educational and cultural aspects of users, or in relation to unnecessary and excessive consumerism promoted through advertising. Sometimes not even the purely informational and opinion aspects are respected, and news are filtered and skewed, agendas imposed or views formed by a manipulation, becoming the media an influential non-elected political actor.
4. We believe we are living a critical situation, not only in the economic and social sense of the term, but a crisis of civilization, of the view of the moment in which we live. A number of phenomena have transformed the intellectual and cultural architecture of the world we live in, but we are still unable to describe the building within which we are. This is a crisis of intelligibility: we know that things have changed, we have the intellectual tools needed, but these tools do not allow us to understand the new situation, and do not help us to understand the new reality.
5. We believe that globalization, the increasing interconnectedness and the multiplication of human flows push us toward a reorganization of the most advanced knowledge and the creation of a professional (in the broadest sense) that is characterized by flexibility. The 21st century professional faces a series of contexts no less complex and difficult than the expanding information system, market fluctuations and crises in lifestyles.
6. We believe citizen expression (the expression of public character related to life in society) invites us all, city dwellers and citizens of the world, to explore new regulations of our social lifestyles. As the boundaries between the local and the global increasingly fade, the changes brought about by the “information age” are impacting on citizen expression and participation.
7. We believe too much emphasis is laid on formal means of knowledge generation and transmission. Informal means of knowledge transmission include peer chat and word of mouth, and the Internet is a modern forum that substitutes group gatherings. The issue is the ‘use’ of any information we can access not so much the right or the opportunity to access it. We need not worry too much about fractures, levels or groups within the ‘knowledge society’ or the ‘cultural industries’; we must develop consensus on the rules of engagement for a dialogue between ecological, humanistic and developmental views of the future.
8. We believe that what is implemented today, and in some sense directed or taken by a few media companies worldwide, is what might be called the 1.0 level (unidirectional) and what is proposed is to bet on what we might call the 2.0 level (horizontal and multi-directional with a strong emphasis on specialized niches) and gain positions and grow in this area, before this new field also becomes monopolized.
9. We believe that there are four fundamental principles and areas in an inclusive knowledge society:
9.1. the right to information, the right to communication and the freedom of opinion and expression
9.2. the right of universal access to information and knowledge
9.3. equal access to quality education
9.4. respect for cultural diversity
10. Among others, we believe the following should be recognized as human rights:
10.1. The right to information, which protects the right of individuals and communities where they are integrated to receive truthful and verified information, both by the media and the public authorities.
10.2. The right of access to information, which is the right of everyone to seek and receive information from public and private organizations on the basis that they perform public functions. This right demands that public entities publish information about their functions and costs pro-actively. This right is also known as the right to know and freedom of information.
10.3. The right to communication which recognizes the right of all people and communities where they are integrated to communicate through the medium of their choice. To this end, everyone has the right to access and use information and communication technologies, specially the Internet.
10.4. The right to science, technology and scientific knowledge, which guarantees access to scientific, technological and humanistic knowledge and to benefit from the results of such knowledge.
11. We believe it is more important to apply the human rights framework to the information society, rather than taking technologies as the main reference. Thus the dignity, liberty and equity of all human beings should be taken as the starting point of reference. It entails the task of addressing the basic values we wish to guide the direction of the information society, and to ensure that these standards continue to be upheld.
12. We believe we should facilitate citizens' access:
12.1. To information: both public and private, for a better understanding of the society in which we live and the activity of public authorities and the services they provide.
12.2. To truthful and verified news content: the media, whether public or private, must ensure the accuracy of the news content they create, the clear distinction from the opinion pieces, in full respect to the citizen’s right to information. To ensure that no interests prevent this, we must encourage the independence of the public media, and respect for independent media and independent professionals.
12.4. To critical training on media and ICTs: access can not be limited to purely instrumental and operational aspects. Training that enables intelligent and responsible use of ICTs and media must be made available. The speed at which digital data can reach users, or the careful presentation that such data may have, are as important as people understanding and decoding it properly.
12.5. To the creation of communication channels with a social base: the creation of community media could ensure the participation of the citizenry and a real multitude of voices in the creation and distribution of content.
12.6. To culture in general: as a result of humanity's historical evolution, culture is a universal heritage and no one should appropriate it as a commodity, or impose limits in terms of private interests. Every person and every community should have the right to access it, enjoy it, participate in its reproduction and preservation, as well as in the process of fostering their own intelligence, sensitivity and expressive capabilities.
12.7. To art, science and knowledge: both for training and theirenjoyment, as well as to feed their own creative abilities. Any progress and contribution in the field of culture should be released to expand the potential of human development, ensuring that participants in each creation receive a fair remuneration for the work and resources invested in those cultural products.
13. We believe that all stakeholders must learn to work together, using and developing new communication and coordination mechanisms,even though states might remain key players. Working together, non-state actors (NGOs, civil society groups, or individuals acting as paid professionals or as social entrepreneurs) and public strakeholders should build networks, coalitions and partnerships that transcend all borders (political, social, economic, linguistic), with a flexible strategy built to communicate, consult, coordinate, collaborate, build, invent, assist, etc.
14. We believe e-Governance will have a significant role to play in the new Information and Communication order. It should be designed for public service, it has to be people-oriented, speedy and assure an integrated delivery of services; it should focus on outcomes, on accountability, on the promotion of the right to information, on inclusion of disadvantaged communities and on raising public awareness.and outreach.
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Written by J.Elissalde at 02 / 12 / 2010
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Written by J.Elissalde at 03 / 12 / 2010
We must take into account that when increased the communication system, technology and science at the same time increase disease, pollution and criminal activities at the international level. Also when increase earning opportunities, knowledge networking, and values such as accountability and transparency increase arms trade, drug and migrant which constitutes new burdens must have solutions.
Written by dr. bakhita at 10 / 12 / 2010
Science related "knowledge" did as much good as much bad. Science and technology can also be used as tools of control. Traditional knowledge and people's common wisdom is not inferior to formal and modern knowledge. More respect should be paid to local knowledge. Scientific knowledge is only part of human knowledge.
Written by G.Xiulin at 26 / 12 / 2010
To attain an inclusive knowledge society is not an easy task. It requires vision, strategies, well defined and devised plans of actions, synergies and commitments. But in the first place, a strong belief that it is a basic human right.
Written by S.Baassiri at 27 / 12 / 2010
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