Technological Evolution and the Right to Communicate: The Implications for Electronic Democracy

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ConferenceElectronic Journal of Communication
VolumeVolume 14, Number 3,4
AbstractThis paper examines the co-evolution of information and communications technologies and communication rights. The emphasis is on the right to communicate. The paper provides a historical analysis through several generations of human rights developments of the interrelationships between technical advances that enabled new communication modalities and the subsequent social and organizational interests that evolved. These communication modalities include bi-directional, interpersonal communications supported by telegraphy and telephony unidirectional, mass communications made possible the broadcast technologies of television and radio; and bi-directional, many-to-many communications supported by the broadband technologies of satellite, the Internet, and the World-Wide Web. Three generations of human rights have been recognized in this context: Civil and political rights; economic, social and cultural rights; and the emerging area of collective rights.
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AffiliationNational Research Council Canada; NRC Institute for Information Technology
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NRC number48065
NPARC number8914079
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