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World Summit on the Information Society

PARTICIPACIÓN DE LUIS DÁVILA EN LAS NNUU DURANTE LA REALIZACIÓN DE LA PREPCOM 1

Señor presidente de esta Prepcom 1, señores delegados de los distintos países:

Hablo en nombre de la Asociación Latinoamericana de Educación Radiofónica, ALER, que forma parte de la Campaña por el Derecho a la Comunicación en la Sociedad de la Información, CRIS

La brecha digital no es sino un reflejo de otras brechas que viene arrastrando la humanidad: brechas sociales, brechas entre niveles de desarrollo, brechas de oportunidades. Así como la causa de estas brechas no es tecnológica, sus correcciones tampoco pueden ser solamente tecnológicas (...).

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JCees J. Hamelink: Keynote at the Opening Session of the Civil Society Sector Meeting at the Prepcom 1 for the World Summit on the Information Society, July 1, 2002, Geneva.

The Theme.

The forthcoming World Summit on the Information Society is convened to focus on a contested notion: the Information Society. There is no accepted definition of what the information society is. The meaning of the notion has been seriously challenged and it has even been suggested in the academic literature that the notion bears no relation to current social realities. For some observers it only makes sense to speak in the plural sense about "Information Societies". For others the reference to "society" raises the good old sociological questions of power, profit, and participation: who controls the information society, who benefits from it, who takes part in it? The Information Society means different things to different people: more telephones, or more money, or more regulation, or more empowerment. For all participants in the debate there is the feeling that important social and technical developments confront us with difficult questions and that our societies are struggling to find adequate answers (...).

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