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Information Society

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Today’s world is defined by a diverse range of information societies - societies in which the creation, use and distribution of information is a significant economic, political, and cultural activity.

UNESCO supports a vision of these information societies which is people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented, where everyone can create, access, utilize and share information and knowledge.

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) play a central role in this vision. From the way we communicate, learn, document our history and share research and knowledge, ICTs are continually changing the face of our world.

The UK National Commission for UNESCO (UKNC) recognises that these changes offer real challenges and opportunities, both for the UK and beyond. That’s why the UKNC works on issues such as making online teaching and research tools freely available for use and reuse, promoting an outward-looking vision of media literacy and working to ensure that the UK’s rich history of public service content is brought to the non-broadcast media of the 21st Century.

Read more about our work around the Information Society by selecting from the below list of topics.

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Public Service Media
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Brining the UK's experience with public service content to the non-broadcast media of the 21st Century
Media Literacy
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Giving people the choice to communicate, create and participate fully in today's world
Open Educational Resources (OER)
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Supporting advances in web-based materials offered freely and openly for use and re-use in teaching, learning and research
World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)
Thumb: World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)
Supporting advances in web-based materials offered freely and openly for use and re-use in teaching, learning and research


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