"Club of Rome" publishes Position on WSIS
  Strengthening of public domain, stronger role for civil society demanded
 
 
  14 August 2003. The "Club of Rome" (CoR), one of the most prestigous think tanks world-wide, now has also taken a position on the WSIS. In the statement that was published today, the CoR is adopting a number of core priorities of the civil society groups involved in the WSIS process. The CoR is e.g. asking for a stronger commitment to publicly available knowledge (global commons or public domain), is demanding that privacy will be secured in the information society and is suggesting an environment-friendly use of information technologies. On top of that, the CoR states that "the greater involvement of Civil Society with its many NGOs and other organisations, which have considerable expertise in specific fields, is increasingly essential in implementation processes." The statement ends with the sentence: "NGOs and civil-society organisations should be empowered to play an increased role."

Statement of the Club of Rome to the World Summit on the Information Society, Geneva, 2003: "Towards a New Age of Information and Knowledge for All" (pdf)
 
 
 
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