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Initiative B@bel

Giving access to information by promoting linguistic and cultural diversity in Cyberspace

This strategy gathers activities that help to shape the development of a policy on multilingualism and universal access to information in cyberspace and provide a framework for an implementation of this policy at both national and regional levels in support of a peaceful democratic multicultural and multi-ethnic information society.
It has the following objectives:
  • Seeking a global consensus on equitable access to information through the development and promotion of a recommendation on the use of multilingualism and universal access to information in cyberspace;

  • Encouraging the creation and adoption of compatible international norms and principles for more equitable access to information in different languages;

  • Seeking a consensus on principles concerning the ownership (IPRs) and liability of translated works published on the Web;

  • Encouraging the application of statutory duties by the public authorities to produce network resources and services in different languages at the national and/or regional levels;

  • Encouraging the formulation of national policies for the preservation of minority languages;

  • Developing language education strategies through the use of information and communication networks (formal, informal and life-long education);

  • Implementating comparative surveys in Member States, particularly on the norms and principles for more equitable access to information in different languages adopted at the national and/or regional levels.