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Word Matters: Multicultural perspectives on information societies

Alain Ambrosi and Valérie Peugeot (under the supervision of), C&F éditions, Caen-France, 656 p., October 28, 2005 – 2005/10/28

This cooperative publication entitled Word Matters is based on an idea by Alain Ambrosi (WFCN) and coordinated by Valérie Peugeot (Vecam) with the collaboration of Daniel Pimienta (Funredes). It is an examination of the main thrusts of the information society by some 30 authors from civil societies across the world.

Released during Phase II of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS-II), this publication takes a critical look from a multicultural perspective at the concepts of the information age and proposes alternate visions. It is based on the assumption that technology is never neutral; it carries social, economic, and cultural consequences. New information and communication technologies (ICT) are no exception. The terms used in international negotiations and legislation do not fully reflect the consequences and convey perceptions that are rarely subjected to democratic debate, the fundamental requirement for any political decision.

This multilingual (English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese) work is a reference for readers seeking to decode these key issues through 24 concepts of the information society, including Internet Governance, the Digital Divide, Media, Shareware, Piracy, Citizen Expression, Accessibility, Open Source Intelligence, Virtual Communities, Knowledge Management, and Cybercrime.

The work was authored by Carlos Afonso, Alan Alegre, Subbiah Arunachalam, Michel Briand, Sally Burch, Mavic Cabrera, Kemly Camacho, Dominique Cardon, Sasha Costanza-Chock, Marcelo d’Elia Branco, Luis Angel Fernandez Hermana, Rikke Frank Joergensen, Alain Kiyindou, Hervé Le Crosnier, Mouhamadou Lo, Raphael Ntambue, Sean o’Siochru, Stephanie Perrin, Marc Raboy, Pascal Renaud, Catherine Roy, Partha Pratim Sarker, Christine Schweidler, Marcelo Solevicens, Felix Stalder, Rosa Maria Torres, and Roberto Verzola.