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Communicating in the Information Society


From the Introduction, by Bruce Girard and Seán Ó Siochrú

We believe that the outcome of WSIS can be enhanced if the debate proceeds on the basis that there are shortcomings, and that it is better to face up to them than to ignore them. Our goal required writers of very different styles and backgrounds, some in touch with the WSIS process, others far removed from it. We sought contributors with a Southern as well as a Northern perspective, some from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and others from academic institutions, each with their own take on the key questions. With somewhat less success we also sought a gender balance, although the importance of the gender issue is acknowledged with a contribution dedicated to it.

It is hoped that such diversity will offer the reader new vantage points from which to view the information society. As WSIS proceeds to 2005 and beyond, we hope to encourage the reader to maintain a critical eye on the question of which information society we are building, and who will benefit most from it.

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