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Word Matters: Multicultural perspectives on information societies


Collective work by some thirty authors from civil societies all over the world, deciphers the central concepts of the information society”.

Technology is never neutral: it carries social, economic and cultural consequences. New information and communication technologies are no exception.The words used in international negotiations or legislation are a poor reflection of such consequences; they propagate perceptions that are rarely subjected to democratic debate, the fundamental requirement for any political decision.

This book subjects the concepts of the information age to critical perspectives from different sensibilities and cultures, thus introducing alternative visions. Fully multilingual, this work is a reference for anyone who aspires to decode these key issues, and is an invitation to pursue the debate.


Towards Knowledge-Sharing Societies - Alain Ambrosi / Valérie Peugeot / Daniel Pimienta
Word Matters: story of a Project - Alain Ambrosi / Valérie Peugeot / Daniel Pimienta
Information Society and Knowledge Society - Sally Burch
Networked and e-Governance - Partha Pratim Sarker
Internet Governance - Carlos Afonso
Cultural Diversity - Alain Kiyindou
Infrastructure and universal access - Raphaël Ntambue
Digital Divide - Kemly Camacho
Public Access to the Internet - Subbiah Arunachalam
Gender - Mavic Cabrera-Balleza
Accessibility - Catherine Roy
Open Source Intelligence - Felix Stalder
Citizen Expression - Michel Briand
Innovation by Usage - Dominique Cardon
Virtual Communities - Luis Ángel Fernández Hermana
Digital Libraries - Hervé Le Crosnier
Knowledge Management - Pascal Renaud
Education - Rosa María Torres
Human Rights - Rikke Frank Jørgensen
Cybercrime - Stephanie Perrin
Communication Rights - Sean O’ Siochru / Alan Alegre
Media - Marc Raboy / Marcelo Solervicens
Piracy - Sasha Costanza-Chock / Christine Schweidler
Free Software - Marcelo d’Elia Branco
Intellectual Property Rights - Mouhamadou Moustapha Lo
Information Economy - Roberto Verzola
Multilingualism Matters - Adriana Lau