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Towards a Sustainable Information Society
Deconstructing WSIS
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ISBN 9781841501338
Volume 2
Paperback pages
230 X 174 mm
Published January 2006
Imprint: Intellect
Books by Jan Servaes
Books by Nico Carpentier
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Edited by Jan Servaes and Nico Carpentier
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The Information Society is one of the recurrent imaginaries to describe present-day structures, discourses and practices. Within its meaning is enshrined the promise of a better world, sometimes naively assuming a technological deus ex machina, in other cases hoping for the creation of policy tools that will overcome a diversity of societal divides.

With the two-phased World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), the United Nations attempted to stimulate the development of such tools.
Simultaneously, the WSIS is a large-scale experiment in multistakeholderism. The objective was to create a more balanced decision-making process that would allow the voices of civil society and business actors to be heard in international politics.

This book aims to evaluate the potentialities of both the Information Society, and the WSIS in supporting and constructing more democratic, just and developed societies. It is the second book arising from the intellectual work of European Consortium for Communications Research members.

Part of the ECREA series
Reviews
'[This book] is related to important questions about the information society and to politics more generally: what are the appropriate levels of representation; which collective body/ies (if any) should represent individuals; and is it individuals, values, principles, or something else that should be represented? One lesson we can draw from the book is the need to act locally, globally and regionally.' – Arthur L. Morin, RCCS

'The volume is a very helpful resource for students, teachers, and others who are interested in the analysis of civil society's contribution to the WSIS. It contains relevant documentation, well-argued intellectual positions, and offers useful analytical insights... a publication that offers a lot of relevant theoretical and empirical material.' – Cees J. Hamelink

'Scholars with an interest in learning about the efforts of European civil society in fostering debate over the development and goals of the Information Society would find this book most enlightening.' – Stephen McElhinney, Media International Australia

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