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MR IRL? : En studie om rätten till informationsfrihet i informationssamhället

Wasén, Cajsa LU (2012) MRSM01 20121
Human Rights Studies
Abstract
During the twenty-first century, questions concerning the use of information and communication technology have become a priority on the international agenda, according to the UN; we are now entering an Information Society. The World Summit on the Information Society was a possibility for the UN to discuss and establish ethical principles concerning the new society. The purpose of this study is to examine how the UN:s initiative through WSIS have affected the understanding of freedom of information. Which understanding of rights claims regarding freedom of information is expressed in the outcome documents from the WSIS summits in 2003 and 2005?

In this study, the theoretical framework is inspired by Norman Faircloughs critical discourse... (More)
During the twenty-first century, questions concerning the use of information and communication technology have become a priority on the international agenda, according to the UN; we are now entering an Information Society. The World Summit on the Information Society was a possibility for the UN to discuss and establish ethical principles concerning the new society. The purpose of this study is to examine how the UN:s initiative through WSIS have affected the understanding of freedom of information. Which understanding of rights claims regarding freedom of information is expressed in the outcome documents from the WSIS summits in 2003 and 2005?

In this study, the theoretical framework is inspired by Norman Faircloughs critical discourse analysis and his use of the terms discourse and discursive practice. To demonstrate the central understanding of the concept, it is discussed from the opposing pairs freedom of information as a right-freedom and aim-method. The analysis shows that the UN during the WSIS two phases emphasized the concept as a right and method. Further, the importance of access to information was stressed at the expense of free dissemination of information. Consequently, established power structures is maintained through the avoidance of politically sensitive topics as censorship. (Less)
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author
Wasén, Cajsa LU
supervisor
organization
course
MRSM01 20121
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Internet, the Information Society, UN, WSIS, ICCPR, Rights Claims, Human Rights, Freedom of Information, Mänskliga rättigheter
language
Swedish
id
2594857
date added to LUP
2012-08-21 17:23:36
date last changed
2014-09-04 08:27:38
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  abstract     = {During the twenty-first century, questions concerning the use of information and communication technology have become a priority on the international agenda, according to the UN; we are now entering an Information Society. The World Summit on the Information Society was a possibility for the UN to discuss and establish ethical principles concerning the new society. The purpose of this study is to examine how the UN:s initiative through WSIS have affected the understanding of freedom of information. Which understanding of rights claims regarding freedom of information is expressed in the outcome documents from the WSIS summits in 2003 and 2005?

In this study, the theoretical framework is inspired by Norman Faircloughs critical discourse analysis and his use of the terms discourse and discursive practice. To demonstrate the central understanding of the concept, it is discussed from the opposing pairs freedom of information as a right-freedom and aim-method. The analysis shows that the UN during the WSIS two phases emphasized the concept as a right and method. Further, the importance of access to information was stressed at the expense of free dissemination of information. Consequently, established power structures is maintained through the avoidance of politically sensitive topics as censorship.},
  author       = {Wasén, Cajsa},
  keyword      = {Internet,the Information Society,UN,WSIS,ICCPR,Rights Claims,Human Rights,Freedom of Information,Mänskliga rättigheter},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {MR IRL? : En studie om rätten till informationsfrihet i informationssamhället},
  year         = {2012},
}