15.09.2005 -

Debate on infoethics at UNESCO today

A one-day debate on Infoethics takes place today at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris as part of the 9th session of the Bureau of the Intergovernmental Council for UNESCO's Information for All Programme (IFAP).

"Infoethics is a subject area that will only gain in significance as the technology of the Information Society becomes more complex and integrated, and as our societies become more reliant on, and impacted by ICT", said Abdul Waheed Khan, UNESCO's Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information speaking at the Opening of the Bureau meeting yesterday.


The debate of experts (10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Room XIII, Bonvin Building) will be structured along the following lines:


<li>Ethics for information producers and users: e.g. ethics in production of web content; source authenticity/integrity; ethical aspects of web based interaction (blogs, chats, virtual communities); ethics and information literacy; protection of privacy and identity theft;</li>


<li>Ethical principles for access providers and information specialists (e.g. librarians and archivists). </li>


Key questions that the Bureau wishes to discuss include: "What aspects of infoethics are clearly within UNESCO's mandate?" and "What are the specific initiatives that UNESCO can help promote?"


The results of the debate are intended to contribute to the formulation of proposals for the IFAP Council and the UNESCO Secretariat on actions in the area of infoethics.

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