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UNESCO organizes first Infoethics Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean

05-12-2006 (Paris)
UNESCO organizes first Infoethics Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean
Experts from some ten countries will discuss ethical dimensions of the information society this week in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, in a Regional Conference that is organized by UNESCO and the Fundacion Global Democracia y Desarrollo (FUNGLODE).
On the agenda of the meeting that runs from 6 to 10 December are, among other issues, the themes of accessibility, confidentiality, intellectual property rights, the promotion of respect for fundamental values and principles, increasing awareness of information ethics and strategies and policies with respect to the protection of privacy, personal data, etc., and the preventive measures against illegal use of ICTs.

The participants in the Conference will also discuss a draft of a Code of Ethics prepared by UNESCO in cooperation with international experts. A Declaration on Infoethics in Cyberspace is also planned to be adopted on this occasion by the participants.

“In Santo Domingo, we provide to information producers, managers, users and service providers a platform for discussing the definition of best practices and voluntary, self-regulatory, professional and ethical guidelines that UNESCO believes are essential in face of increasing globalization”, says UNESCO’s Boyan Radoykov.

The Conference, that is also organized in cooperation with the National Commission for UNESCO and the Permanent Delegation to UNESCO of the Dominican Republic, aims at creating the conditions for enhancing the visibility of, and the interest for, infoethics issues among Member States from the region. It is one of the first concrete follow up actions to implementing Action Line C10 “Ethical Dimensions of the Information Society” of the Geneva Action Plan adopted by the World Summit on the Information Society. UNESCO was recently designated as the Facilitator for the implementation of this action line.

Since 1997, UNESCO initiated a series of events enabling specialists and decision-makers to address the ethical dimensions of the Information Society. The main goal of the UNESCO INFOethics Congresses, organized in 1997, 1998 and in 2000, was to stimulate the reflection and the debate on the ethical, legal and societal aspects of the Information Society by bringing together participants from the largest possible number of countries representing the widest range of educational, scientific, cultural and social environments.

The ethical, legal and societal implications of ICTs are also one of the three priorities of UNESCO’s Information for All Programme.
Related themes/countries

      · Latin America/Caribbean
      · Dominican Republic
      · IFAP: News Archives 2006
      · Ethical Issues of Information Society: News Archives 2006
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