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Solution for Optimizing Information Use through the Internet and Social Media

The Challenge

Unprecedented recent progress in information and communication technologies (ICTs) is enabling people and organizations to overcome personal and regional restrictions on information acquisition. The I ...

Unprecedented recent progress in information and communication technologies (ICTs) is enabling people and organizations to overcome personal and regional restrictions on information acquisition. The Internet and social media are particularly important for facilitating access to an unparalleled wealth of information, as well as providing opportunities for new innovative activities and social interactions.

Establish a charter for individuals’ rights to information and their responsibilities for using information.

Enlightend public leaders recognize that information rights are as much a part of the rights of citizens as in such areas as privacy and human rights. Information increasingly flows through hierarchies to empower the individual and the growth of the networked society demonstrates that peer-to-peer communication is now an essential part of knowledge sharing in an effective democracy. Individuals’ rights to information—about themselves, their representatives and their governments—should be enshrined in a charter that establishes what those rights entail.

Equally, such a charter should document individual responsibilities—to ensure that information is not misused, that privacy is respected and that intellectual property is suitably protected.

The Internet has enabled dramatic changes in citizen and consumer behavior. Those rights need to be affirmed but the need for responsible information use must also be acknowledged.

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