Framing a global information society discourse

In this article published in the Economic & Political Weekly (11 March 2006), Parminder Jeet Singh and Anita Gurumurthy provide an evaluation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) held in Tunis in November 2005, which was widely seen as a 'fuzzy' event, since WSIS was never mandated with a clearly defined global 'problem'. Additionally, the Summit was held at a time when US-led interests were active in undermining several democratic forums of global governance, even as global capital appeared increasingly intolerant towards public policy regimes. The authors highlight that there was a consistent attempt to keep several substantive issues out of the Summit discussions. Moreover, the private sector, as a supposed leader of the information society, was pushed in very questionable ways into various governance arrangements


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