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Policies for a new world or the emperor's new clothes? The Information Society

Paula Chakravartty and Katharine Sarikakis

in Media Policy and Globalization

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780748618491
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670970 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748618491.003.0005
Policies for a new world or the emperor's new clothes? The Information Society

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The chapter begins with a historical review of the development of the discourses and policies for the creation of an 'information society' as originated in and dominated the USA and Europe. It explores the ideological frames of the building of ICT policy globally and discusses at length the shaping of national and regional as well as international policies through the setting of policy principles at a global scale. It explores the role of private actors and connects special interests to the development of such policies. Finally it examines the process of the World Summit on Information Society as one where the amalgamation of these policy directions gain legitimacy through the 'opening up' of the policy process. The chapter

Keywords: Information Society; WSIS; inequalities; policy process; civil society

Chapter.  12632 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Media Studies

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