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Digital Solidarities, Communication Policy and Multi-stakeholder Global Governance

The Legacy of the World Summit on the Information Society

by Marc Raboy (Author) Normand Landry (Author) Jeremy Shtern (Author)
©2011 Textbook XVIII, 281 Pages

Summary

In 2003 and again in 2005, the international community was called by the United Nations to take part in a World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). This two-phased summit placed an unprecedented global spotlight on information and communication issues. At the same time, the WSIS represented a grand experiment in global governance: the active participation of non-governmental stakeholders in the development of public policies at the international level.
Digital Solidarities, Communication Policy and Multi-stakeholder Global Governance examines the actors, structures and themes that shaped the WSIS with a particular focus on the role played by civil society. The book investigates how civil society self-organization has continued post-WSIS through the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and other policymaking venues, and reflects on what the WSIS experience reveals about the challenges and opportunities embedded in the notion of multi-stakeholder governance and its implications for understanding global communication.

Details

Pages
XVIII, 281
Year
2011
ISBN (Hardcover)
9781433107405
Language
English
Keywords
World Summit on the Information Society WSIS global governance communication policy civil society self-organization multi-stakeholder governance
Published
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2010. XVIII, 281 pp., num. fig. and tables

Biographical notes

Marc Raboy (Author) Normand Landry (Author) Jeremy Shtern (Author)

Marc Raboy is Professor and Beaverbrook Chair in Ethics, Media and Communications in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University in Montreal. He is Director of Media@McGill, a critical research and public outreach unit on issues and controversies in media, technology and culture. Normand Landry is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University in Montreal. Jeremy Shtern is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Faculty of Communication and Design at Ryerson University in Toronto, and lecturer in the York/Ryerson Joint Graduate Programme in Communication and Culture.

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