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Ethical Issues of Information Society

Ethical Issues of Information Society
Ethical Issues of Information Society

The commitment of UNESCO to the crucial issue of the free flow of information and access to knowledge sources is very much inspired by its Constitution, which states that "the wide diffusion of culture, and the education of humanity for justice and liberty and peace are indispensable to the dignity of man and constitute a sacred duty which all the nations must fulfil in a spirit of mutual assistance and concern".
Thus, promoting and preserving ethical aspects and principles while developing creative multilingual content and universal access to information and communication means is central for achieving an equitable presence in, and access to, cyberspace.

Embracing coherent ethical guidelines is essential in face of increasing globalisation. Thus, the definition and adoption of best practices and voluntary, self-regulatory, professional and ethical guidelines should be encouraged among media professionals, information producers, users and service providers with due respect to freedom of expression.

Access to information for all remains a fundamental right which should be upheld with greater efficiency and imagination in a spirit of equity, justice and mutual respect.
  • 21-07-2011 (Pretoria) 
  • Chief of Section
  • http://www.unesco.org/webworld/en/ethic-information-society