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Invited Session 2

Wednesday, 3 April 2019 | 14:00 - 16:00 | RMIT University


Accessibility and Ethics in the Digital Transformation of Society


Ethical principles for knowledge societies derive from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and IFAP supports and promotes the ethical dimensions of the information society as one of its priorities to implement the decisions of the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS). Action Line 10 emphasizes the importance of the common good, ethics, Human Rights, preventing abusive uses of ICTs and values that are to be taken into account when dealing with emerging technologies such as:

  • Internet of things and the pertinence of Block chain technology that can be used for the common good of combating fake news by offering a variety of ways to overcome information inaccuracy and tampering.
  • Big data that can be a tremendous resource but needs regulation as it affects human rights protection.
  • Artificial Intelligence and robotics that provokes a cultural revolution and it is undeniably destined to transform the future of humanity for better if a global code of ethics in research is not put in place.
  • Virtual reality and augmented reality that are penetrating the educational and cultural fields with an impact on new learning environments.


  • Presentation of issues related to Information Security, Privacy, and Ethics as a result of emerging technologies;
  • Description of specific characteristics in the information society environment that enable the use of these technological innovations;
  • Policy options to be considered in addressing security, privacy and ethics in Knowledge Societies.


The session will be composed of the presentation of a number of case studies from Africa, Asia and Europe. The case studies will provide a detailed analysis of the issues related to information security, privacy and ethics that need to be addressed in policy instruments related to knowledge societies.


United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation - Information for All Programme (UNESCO/IFAP)

The Information for All Programme is an intergovernmental programme created by UNESCO to provide a platform for policy discussion by helping to formulate guidelines for action in the area of access to information and knowledge, in order to ensure equitable participation in Knowledge Societies. The Programme promotes international reflection and debate on the ethical, legal and societal challenges of the information society. IFAP effectively sets out a framework of political standards, international strategies and best practices in its six priority areas.