Digital platforms and communications rights

By agency reporter
October 31, 2014

Globethics.net has announced publication of a new book that examines how the world of digital technology is reshaping communications and the implications for society, culture and politics.

More or Less Equal: How Digital Platforms Can Help Advance Communication Rights” is edited by Philip Lee and Dafne Sabanes Plou. Lee is World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) Deputy Director of Programmes and Plou is a communicator with the Rights for Women programme at the Association for Progressive Communications (APC).

The book notes that today's digital platforms offer the tantalising possibility of learning and taking into account opinions from the margins that contradict the dominant voices in the public sphere. The concept of citizen journalism has radically altered traditional news and information flows, encouraging greater interaction and interdependence.

More or Less Equalasks what challenges this development poses for societies worldwide. What ethical questions does it raise? The publication explores these questions against a background of rapid technological change and with the aim of strengthening the communication rights of all people everywhere.

The book’s essays include such topics as ethical challenges and social media, communication networks in Latin America, women’s access to social media networks, media ethics and citizen journalism, and the gender dimensions of communication rights.

In the introduction, the editors note that the publication “argues that equality, accessibility, and diversity are watchwords in building and maintaining societies and communities based on principles of justice, sustainability and peace.”

* The book is available as a free download here: http://www.globethics.net/web/ge/publications

* Print copies can be ordered from www.globethics.net

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