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Communication: From information society to knowledge societies

2003-10-22 15:44:11

Over the past decade, new information and communication technology (ICT) has triggered a quiet revolution, especially affecting higher education and access to information. And the revolution is only just beginning. There are great hopes that ICT will boost freedom of expression and cultural diversity, good governance and, not least, the fight against poverty. But there are caveats, as the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Geneva, Switzerland, is likely to highlight in December this year, when it looks into ways to bridge the so-called digital divide that separates rich and poor countries, and communities within the same country.

UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura observes that, “access to information and knowledge increasingly determines patterns of learning, cultural expression and social participation, as well as providing opportunities for development, more effective poverty reduction and the preservation of peace. Indeed, knowledge has become a principal force of social transformation.”

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