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From NWICO to WSIS: 30 Years of Communication Geopolitics

Actors and Flows, Structures and Divides

Two major regulatory activities have framed global media policies since World War II: the New World Information and Communication Order (NWICO) and the more recent World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). Through extensive research and testimonies from those involved, this book presents an in-depth account from the 1970s to today of the major issues concerning information flow in international geopolitics, including a look at the negotiations surrounding the major policy debates. Few studies of NWICO and WSIS have considered the continuity between the two activities—or included in the debate the crucial intermediary period between—and this book provides new insight into an issue of multilingual and multicultural importance.

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Table of Contents


Part I: On the Agenda: NWICO
Correlations between NWICO and Information Society: Reflections of a NWICO actor
      Mustapha Masmoudi
The history of NWICO and its lessons
      Kaarle Nordenstreng
NWICO: Reuters’ Gerald Long versus UNESCO’s Seán MacBride
      Michael Palmer
IPS, an alternative source of news: From NWICO to civil society
      Patricio Tupper
New scenarios for the Right to Communicate in Latin America
      Gustavo Gonzalez Rodriguez
Past witnesses’ present comments
      Hifzi Topuz
Part II: Shifting Sands
The Right to Communicate—A continuing victim of historic links to NWICO and UNESCO?
      Alan McKenna
‘Going Digital’: A historical perspective on early international cooperation in informatics
      Julia Pohle
ICTs, discourse and knowledge societies: Implications for policy and practice
      Robin Mansell
Past witnesses’ present comments
      Alain Modoux
Part III: Changing the agenda: WSIS and the future
Towards Knowledge Societies in UNESCO and beyond
      J. P. Singh
The notion of access to information and knowledge: Challenges and divides, sectors and limits
      Jérémie Nicey
The international news agencies (and their TV/multimedia sites): The defence of their traditional lead in international news production
      Camille Laville and Michael Palmer
The least imperfect form of global governance yet? Civil society and multi-stakeholder governance of communication
      Jeremy Shtern, Normand Landry and Marc Raboy
Civil society and the amplification of media governance, during WSIS and beyond
      Divina Frau-Meigs
Past witnesses’ present comments
      Bertrand de La Chapelle
Part IV: Postface
From New International Information Order to New Information Market Order
      Robert Savio

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