Collective work by some thirty authors from civil societies all over the world, deciphers the central concepts of the information society”.

Technology is never neutral: it carries social, economic and cultural consequences. New information and communication technologies are no exception.The words used in international negotiations or legislation are a poor reflection of such consequences; they propagate perceptions that are rarely subjected to democratic debate, the fundamental requirement for any political decision.

This book subjects the concepts of the information age to critical perspectives from different sensibilities and cultures, thus introducing alternative visions. Fully multilingual, this work is a reference for anyone who aspires to decode these key issues, and is an invitation to pursue the debate.


- Towards Knowledge-Sharing Societies - Alain Ambrosi / Valérie Peugeot / Daniel Pimienta
- Word Matters: story of a Project - Alain Ambrosi / Valérie Peugeot / Daniel Pimienta
- Information Society and Knowledge Society - Sally Burch
- Networked and e-Governance - Partha Pratim Sarker
- Internet Governance - Carlos Afonso
- Cultural Diversity - Alain Kiyindou
- Infrastructure and universal access - Raphaël Ntambue
- Digital Divide - Kemly Camacho
- Public Access to the Internet - Subbiah Arunachalam
- Gender - Mavic Cabrera-Balleza
- Accessibility - Catherine Roy
- Open Source Intelligence - Felix Stalder
- Citizen Expression - Michel Briand
- Innovation by Usage - Dominique Cardon
- Virtual Communities - Luis Ángel Fernández Hermana
- Digital Libraries - Hervé Le Crosnier
- Knowledge Management - Pascal Renaud
- Education - Rosa María Torres
- Human Rights - Rikke Frank Jørgensen
- Cybercrime - Stephanie Perrin
- Communication Rights - Sean O’ Siochru / Alan Alegre
- Media - Marc Raboy / Marcelo Solervicens
- Piracy - Sasha Costanza-Chock / Christine Schweidler
- Free Software - Marcelo d’Elia Branco
- Intellectual Property Rights - Mouhamadou Moustapha Lo
- Information Economy - Roberto Verzola
- Multilingualism Matters - Adriana Lau

7 November 2005

couverture du livre enjeux de mots This text is an extract from the book Word Matters: multicultural perspectives on information societies. This book, which has been coordinated by Alain Ambrosi, Valérie Peugeot and Daniel Pimienta was released on November 5, 2005 by C & F Éditions.

The text is under the Creative Commons licence, by, non commercial.

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