CHARTER OF CIVIL RIGHTS FOR SUSTAINABLE KNOWLEDGE SOCIETIES
A German contribution for the WSIS discussion
As a contribution from German civil society to PrepCom 2, the Heinrich Böll Foundation in January 2003 has submitted a first draft of the "Charter of Civil Rights for a Sustainable Knowledge Society". It is a suggestion for a politically sharpened agenda of the summit.
The draft is seen as a first step towards a charter. It was authored by a number of well-known scientists and NGO delegates, following an initiative of the Heinrich Böll Foundation. The charter will be publicly debated in a broad process in the coming months. In this process it will undergo amendmends and editing and the drafting of an action plan. At the center of the Charter stands the principle of a sustainable use of knowledge and information. Sustainability in the first place stands out against the currently dominating commodification of knowledge and information, which is mostly aimed at the short-term exploitation and artificial shortage of knowledge. In the long run, sustainability aims at securing individual an social development and freedom in the use of knowledge and information. More on the Charter...