World Summit on the Information SocietyPrepCom-2

Geneva, February 2003
25 February 2003  16:00
WSIS- Civil Society Working Group on Content and Themes -- Drafting Committee

"Seven Musts": Priority Principles Proposed by Civil Society

The following seven principles reflect the issue areas that the Civil Society working group on contents and themes, created by the civil society plenary, feels should be prioritized:

1. Sustainable Development
An equitable Information Society needs to be based on sustainable economic and social development and gender justice. It cannot be achieved solely through market forces.

2. Democratic Governance
ICTs should facilitate democratic governance and foster participation by citizens. Transparent and accountable government structures at local, national and international levels should be established.

3. Literacy, Education, and Research
Only an informed and educated citizenry with access to the means and outputs of pluralistic research can participate in and contribute to Knowledge Societies.  Access to tools and facilities that enable lifelong learning need to be created, extended and secured.

4. Human Rights
The existing human rights framework should be applied and integrated into the Information Society. ICTs should be used to promote awareness of, respect for and enforcement of universal human rights standards. 

5. Global Knowledge Commons
Global knowledge commons and the public domain constitute resources that are cornerstones of a global public interest.  They should be protected, expanded and promoted.

6. Cultural and Linguistic Diversity 
Recognizing cultural development as a living and evolving process, linguistic diversity, cultural identity and local content need to be not only preserved but also actively fostered.

7. " Information Security "
"Information security" concerns should not infringe in any way on people's privacy and right to communicate freely, using information and communications technologies.

This document comes out of a broad process of consultation and is a work in progress, as defined in the Civil Society document "Contribution on Common Vision and Key Principles for the Declaration."

Compiled by the Drafting Committee of the NGO Subcommittee on Content and Themes.


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