Information Ethics and Internet Governance - Identity, design and preservation

6 November 2012 - A Workshop on Access in Baku, Azerbaijan


Question 1: What are the policy challenges around free flow of information, freedom of expression and human rights and the Internet as they relate to access?
How can policy makers be supported in addressing current and emerging ethical challenges of information and communciation technologies? How can a better understanding of the explicit and implicit changes that result from the ongoing interplay between social processes and technology be facilitated? How can the multi-stakeholder model and approaches be harnessed to inform reflections on these development and contribute to outcomes that advance the full expression and realization of human rights?

Concise Description of Workshop:

The notion of cyber and information ethics has emerged from the interplay of human interactions and values with the emerging technologies. The new modes of interaction bring opportunities for advancing human development but also risks for increasing inequalities. They are also giving rise to new forms of social organization which impact governance and behaviour on the Internet. This session will examine some of the opportunities and challenges from the perspective of cyber and information ethics that impact on Internet governance in three areas namely, identity, design and digital preservation. Questions to be explored include during the session are: What are the societal impacts and implications of changes in our notions of time, space and identity both as individuals and collectively? How can we better understand the changes and design appropriate measures within the governance framework to manage them? If e-services do not cater for a range of user needs and limitations this may bar some citizens from effectively participating. How can we incrorporate human rights goals as a design criteria? What are the considerations and tradeoffs in the selection of content to be preserved? How can we ensure diversity, authenticity, inclusion and the viewpoint of disadvantaged communities in digital preservation efforts?

Organiser(s) Name:

UNESCO's intergovernmental Information for All Programme (IFAP), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa ECA