Publications by year: 2003

Cultural and linguistic diversity in the information society

Cultural diversity is seen as part of humanity's common heritage, which, as a source of exchange, innovation and creativity, is as essential for humankind as biodiversity is for nature. It should therefore be protected for the benefit of both present and future generations and be considered as a basic human right.

Draft policy guidelines for the development and promotion of public domain information

The UNESCO Secretariat initiated the present draft guidelines intended to define, and promote understanding and debates on, the meaning of the public domain of information, and to assist Member States to develop policies and strategies in this area, which respond both to national needs and international practices.

Education in a multilingual world: UNESCO education position paper

This document aims to clarify some of the key concepts and issues that surround the debate and presents in a simplified and synthetic form the many declarations and recommendations that have made reference to the issues of languages and education. These are stated as UNESCO guidelines and principles.

Education in and for the information society

This publication aims to make known the potential of ICTs to expand and improve teaching and learning in a wide variety of contexts, with a specific focus on developing regions and UNESCO's initiatives.

Freedom of information: a comparative legal survey

The right to freedom of information, commonly understood as the right to access information held by public bodies, is now widely recognised as a fundamental human right. This study presents (1) an overview of international basis for this right; (2) the best practice standards; (3) the analyses of the laws of 10 different countries; and (4) a comparative analysis of the various laws/policies.

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Gender issues in the information society

ICTs could give a major boost to the economic, political and social empowerment of women, and the promotion of gender equality. But that potential will only be realized if the gender dimensions of the Information Society - in term's of users' needs, conditions of access, policies, applications and regulatory frameworks - are properly understood and adequately addressed by all stakeholders.

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Guidelines for the preservation of digital heritage

These Guidelines form a small part of a far-seeing campaign by UNESCO to improve access to digital heritage for all the world’s peoples, and to ensure that the means of preserving their digital heritage are in the hands of every community.

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ICT training kit and digital library for African educators

An African ICT Training Kit indigenously adapted for local educational needs. An education and development library on pedagogical practice and educational content for basic needs.

Iniciación a Internet: autoformación Web Internet para principiantes

Internet para principiantes (Internet for Beginners) is available in Spanish version only.

Legislation on community radio broadcasting: comparative study of the legislation of 13 countries

The aim of this inquiry is a comparative study of recent legislation on community radio broadcasting in different countries of the world. It does not claim to be an exhaustive guide to legislation in this field – an undertaking that would exceed our ambitions – but rather an analysis that seeks to highlight certain similarities and differences between the general legislative background to community radio broadcasting in recent years in 13 countries.

Measuring and monitoring the information and knowledge societies: a statistical challenge

This report focuses on data systems and measurement issues with regard to ICT, including aspects of data availability, international comparability and quality, as well as their content.

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Memory of the Information Society

The Internet sharpens the issues of the digital world and heritage. It obliges us to reconsider all our certainties about the very meaning of the word “preserve”, a meaning which comes to us from the remotest of past ages when humans for the first time inscribed what they knew on objects that were longer-lasting than they were, so that their memory could traverse the generations and reach us.

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Science in the information society

The preparations for the World Summit on the Information Society have undoubtedly enhanced awareness among governments of the important role science and engineering play in building the information society and in contributing to the development of a knowledge society.

Status of Research on the Information Society

While it is true that ″the information society″ is a frequently heard concept and an expression in common use, the reality to which it refers is complex, and subject to many possible interpretations. What, then, can we say about the studies which attempt to define its outlines? Their immense diversity results not only from the variety of communication media in existence, but also from the multiplicity of issues for analysis, and finally, of course, from the research objectives and methods adopted.

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Teacher training on ICT use in education in Asia and the Pacific: overview from selected countries

This publication is an initial inventory of professional development and teacher training programmes on ICT from selected countries in Asia and the Pacific. This is an ongoing project, whose final goal is to benefit countries in the region in improving their teacher training activities in ICT.

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UNESCO's basic texts on the information society

One of UNESCO’s fundamental activities is the drafting of charters, declarations and recommendations intended to present the essence of its proposals for action in its fields of competence. This publication presents a selection of quotations from the Organization’s official texts, originating from all its programme sectors, which contribute to defining what the information society ought to be, without reducing the debate to purely technical issues.

UNISIST newsletter, vol. 31, no. 1

UNISIST newsletter, vol. 31, no. 2

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