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Information Ethics as a Strategic Priority of UNESCO Information for All Programme (IFAP). Geneva, 11 May 2010. Evgeny Kuzmin Chairman UNESCO IFAP Intergovernmental Council. UNESCO IFAP. IFAP – UNESCO’s response to the challenges and opportunities of the Information Society

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Information Ethics

as a Strategic Priority of UNESCO Information for All Programme (IFAP)

Geneva, 11 May 2010

Evgeny Kuzmin

Chairman

UNESCO IFAP Intergovernmental Council


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UNESCO IFAP

  • IFAP – UNESCO’s response to the challenges and opportunities of the Information Society

  • Information Ethics – one of the fivepriorities of the IFAP Strategic Plan (2008–2013)


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UNESCO’s mission

Medium-Term Strategy

  • focus on:

    • peace building

    • eradication of poverty

    • sustainable development

    • intercultural dialogue


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UNESCO’s functions

UNESCO

  • a laboratory of ideas

  • a standard-setter

  • a clearing house

  • a capacity-builder in Member States

  • a catalyst for international cooperation


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UNESCO IFAP

IFAP efforts

  • upstream policy advice

  • related capacity-building

  • advocacy

  • benchmarking and cooperation

  • skills and practices

  • modality for capacity development


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UNESCO IFAP

  • IFAP – a flagship intergovernmental initiative

  • IFAP’s key merits:

    • great scope

    • interdisciplinary, intersectoral and integrative approach


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IFAP Strategic Plan

  • Five priorities of the IFAP Strategic Plan for 2008–2013:

    • Information Preservation

    • Information Literacy

    • Information Ethics

    • Information for Development

    • Information Accessibility


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IFAP Strategic Plan

  • unambiguous and realistic priorities allow international and national agencies:

    • adapt to the challenges of the new information environment

    • reduce the hard impact of these challenges

    • increase their contribution to the development of all our nations and the entire human civilization


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IFAP Strategic Plan

IFAP’s response to topical problems

  • relevant for:

    • developed countries

    • developing countries

    • countries with transition economic and political systems


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UNESCO IFAP

  • IFAP helps:

    • see and understand the problems as one interlinked whole

    • arrive at balanced approaches to their solution

    • gather manifold and multilevel elements of national and international policies in a harmonious entity

    • overcome presently available and ever new dangerous errors

      at least at the level of collective mentality


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UNESCO IFAP

  • Contribution to research and developments works

  • International papers on information ethics prepared and adopted for the WSIS:

    • Recommendation concerning the Promotion and Use of Multilingualism and Universal Access to Cyberspace

    • UNESCO Charter on the Preservation of the Digital Heritage


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UNESCO and WSIS

Publications on the information society:

  • Securing a place for a language in cyberspace

  • Measuring Linguistic Diversity on the Internet

  • Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in the Information Society

  • Memory of the Information Society

  • Science in the Information Society


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UNESCO and WSIS

Publications on the information society

  • Education in and for the Information Society

  • Gender Issues in the Information Society

  • Measuring and Monitoring the Information and Knowledge Societies: a Statistical Challenge

  • Status of Research on the Information Society

  • Twelve years of Measuring Linguistic Diversity in the Internet: Balance and Perspectives


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UNESCO IFAP

Papers on information society policies

  • National Information Society Policy: A Template

  • Information for All Programme: Information Society Policies. Annual World Report 2009


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IFAP and Information Ethics

Publications on information ethics

  • Ethics and Human Rights in the Information Society

  • Ethical Implications of Emerging Technologies: a Survey

  • Politics in the Information Society: the Bordering and Restraining of Global Data Flows


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IFAP and Information Ethics

IFAP Working Groups

  • Bureau Members responsible for the functioning of the WGs:

    • Information Preservation (Austria)

    • Information for Development (Kuwait)

    • Information Ethics (Latvia and Venezuela)

    • Information Literacy (Philippines)

    • Information Accessibility (Madagascar)


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IFAP and Information Ethics

Information ethics -

critical understanding of the normative ethics in the information society, including:

information, data and knowledge

  • creation

  • preservation

  • distribution

  • providing access to

  • facilitating usage


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IFAP and Information Ethics

Contribution to organizing debates (2006–2008)

  • Four regional meetings:

    • Asia and the Pacific

    • Europe

    • Africa

    • Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Four final documents reflecting the position and expectations of regions


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IFAP and Information Ethics

Facilitation of the knowledge accumulation

  • Online Information Society Observatory’s

    section on infoethics

  • Contribution to the Global Ethics Observatory:

    • Who's Who in Ethics

    • Ethics Institutions

    • Ethics Teaching Programmes

    • Ethics Related Legislation and Guidelines

    • Codes of Conduct

    • Resources in Ethics


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IFAP and Information Ethics

Facilitation of networking

  • Participation in the establishment of professional network cooperation:

    • Universities Network on Info-Ethics

    • Latin-American Youth Network on Info-Ethics

      in order to integrate academic institutions and youth associations in the awareness raising activities


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IFAP and Information Ethics

UNESCO’s standard-setting function

  • IFAP helps defining norms for democratic, pluralistic and sustainable knowledge societies


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IFAP and Information Ethics

Code of Ethics for the Information Society

  • general framework for establishing norms of good conduct in the information society

  • 2007 – the first draft

  • 2009 – the second draft


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IFAP and Information Ethics

Code of Ethics for the Information Society

  • based on relevant human rights proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

    • respect to privacy

    • freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief

    • the right to education

    • the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community


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IFAP and Information Ethics

Code of Ethics for the Information Society

  • addressed primarily to the Member States’ governments

  • includes recommendations for:

    • international organizations

    • business executives

    • users

    • all participants of the information society


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IFAP and Information Ethics

Code of Ethics for the Information Society

Structure (1):

  • Information: Ethical Requirements

    • Rights and Freedoms. Equality

    • Access to networks and services

    • Access to creation and use of information and content

  • Capacity to use information hardware and software

  • Freedom of expression

  • Privacy


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IFAP and Information Ethics

Code of Ethics for the Information Society

Structure (2):

  • Freedom of the creative use of technology

  • Democracy

  • Responsibilities

  • Security

  • Protection of the law

  • Intellectual property rights

  • Responsibilities of service providers


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IFAP and Information Ethics

Code of Ethics for the Information Society

  • available at: http://portal.unesco.org/

  • discussed during the 6th session of the Intergovernmental Council for the Information for All Programme (March 31, 2010, Paris)


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IFAP and Information Ethics

Code of Ethics for the Information Society

  • different understanding of the essence of human rights in various cultures and communities


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IFAP and Information Ethics

Cooperation with IFAP

  • better understanding of all issues of information ethics:

    • at the level of the UN and its Member States

    • among politicians, experts and public at large


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Thank you!

UNESCO Information for All Programme

http://www.unesco.org

[email protected]