The GII: moving towards implementation

By Pekka Tarjanne - 1995

A Global Information Infrastructure (GII) is inevitable going to evolve from existing technologies. The networks encompassed by the GII will be diverse, innovative and creative, in contrast to the seeming trend toward dominance by a few companies. Concentration of power should be avoided, and communications and information technology used to promote values conducive to democratic society. The interactive possibilities of networks could have a profound impact on political choices, in that communication networks encourage an active informed approach and connect the private and public realms via information and exchange. Developing the GII is a complicated undertaking involving global social, cultural, economic and political structures as well as technical challenges. Universal access, diversity of expression and the right to communicate must be established before a truly global network can be implemented.

Telecommunications 29 (1995).

By Pekka Tarjanne| 1995


Communication rights enable all people everywhere to express themselves individually and collectively by all means of communication. They are vital to full participation in society and are, therefore, universal human rights belonging to every man, woman, and child.


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