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In this book, Cees J Hamelink proposes an answer to - how should democratic societies organize cyberspace? - that puts human-rights, rather than profit, at the top of the agenda. He argues that conventional ethical approaches are all seriously flawed. There is a growing volume of moral rules, netiquettes and codes of conduct, but they are of little help in solving the moral dilemmas raised by the new technologies. In this book the author analyzes the inadeqacies of current global governance policies and structures that underpin them, and argues for standards which put justice, human security and freedom first.

Equal Entitlement in CyberSpace
Equal entitlement in cyberspace

Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 2

The key task for any system of governance is the distribution of essential social resources. For the governance of CyberSpace this implies the distribution of society's information and communication resources. The basic human rights standard of ‘equality’ has a direct bearing upon the way in which a society should deal with the distribution of resources. The standard claims that no one should be excluded from access to and benefit from those resources that are ...

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