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World Information Summit: North-South divisions over human rights averted as draft declaration agreed

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8 December 2003

Internet deal averts clash at information summit

Author: Frances Williams, Financial Times

A North-South clash at this week's world information summit in Geneva appears to have been averted following agreement over the weekend on human rights and internet governance issues by negotiators from nearly 200 countries...The draft summit declaration makes special mention of the role of the media in promoting free access to information.

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7 December 2003

World Information Summit faces huge challenges to bridge digital divide

Author: Claude Robinson, Jamaica Observer

One of the main concerns of the critics is that the agenda that has emerged is concerned mainly with telecommunication and Internet related issues, viewed from a technical perspective and a narrowly construed development agenda. Broader communication and media issues, an essential feature of any information society, and human and communication rights that must animate its core, have been largely sidelined.

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