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:
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.
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.