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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.

The Democratization of Technology Choice
The democratization of technology choice

Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country. … The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 21

The conclusion of the earlier chapters is that current practices and rules of global governance in CyberSpace militate against the standards of a human rights-based social morality. This morality proposes a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights can be fully realized (Article 28). The governance of this order requires certain institutional standards. Of crucial significance are the requirements of democratic participation and public accountability. The institutions of global governance for CyberSpace should ...

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