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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)
medium term strategy

UNESCO’s mission

Medium-Term Strategy
  • focus on:
    • peace building
    • eradication of poverty
    • sustainable development
    • intercultural dialogue
unesco

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
ifap efforts

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
ifap s response to topical problems

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
publications on the information society

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
publications on the information society13

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
papers on information society policies

UNESCO IFAP

Papers on information society policies
  • National Information Society Policy: A Template
  • Information for All Programme: Information Society Policies. Annual World Report 2009
publications on information ethics

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
ifap working groups

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)
information ethics

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
contribution to organizing debates 2006 2008

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
facilitation of the knowledge accumulation

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
facilitation of networking

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

unesco s standard setting function

IFAP and Information Ethics

UNESCO’s standard-setting function
  • IFAP helps defining norms for democratic, pluralistic and sustainable knowledge societies
code of ethics for the information society

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
code of ethics for the information society23

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
code of ethics for the information society24

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
code of ethics for the information society25

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
code of ethics for the information society26

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
code of ethics for the information society27

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
cooperation with ifap

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
thank you
Thank you!

UNESCO Information for All Programme

http://www.unesco.org

kuzmin@ifapcom.ru

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