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COMMENT is WACC’s take on the rapidly changing world of communications and social media. The aim is to highlight topics that are of more than passing interest and likely to have a positive or negative impact on people’s lives. Topics may be political, social, economic or cultural in scope. Readers are invited to comment on COMMENT and to express their own views – which will be monitored only to prevent derogatory or offensive remarks. Topics include communication rights and wrongs, shrinking communication spaces, traditional and social media, the Internet of Things, and anything else that grabs our attention!
WACC is an international non-governmental organization that builds on communication rights in order to promote social justice. WACC believes that everyone has the right to communicate, in the same way that they have the right to food, shelter, and security. through strategic alliances. WACC aims to be a catalyst for positive change for the common good, sharing information, knowledge, and experience in the field of communications worldwide.

From global village to social isolation

02/12/19 | (0) Comments |

How is “digital” transforming the way we live?

Imagine the abode of the future – house, apartment, hotel room, log cabin, prison cell – equipped with a “plasma wall” incorporating all the telecommunications interfaces that enable social and cultural activity. Each wall would integrate computer screen, television, telephone, surveillance system (security and emergency), art and photo gallery, digital concert hall, memory and other personal devices.

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Enabling more people to benefit from the Internet

25/11/19 | (0) Comments |

Equitable access to the Internet is one of the claims of today’s communication rights.

 
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Can we decontaminate our democratic 'moral environment'?

18/11/19 | (0) Comments |

In January 1990, the President of Czechoslovakia, Vaclav Havel, warned his people, “The worst thing is that we live in a contaminated moral environment. We fell morally ill because we became used to saying something different from what we thought.”

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Media puppetry in Poland

08/11/19 | (0) Comments |

Here is an example of why media independence is vital to people everywhere.

In Poland, the ruling nationalist Law and Justice party (PiS) alleges the media are controlled by Germany and says foreign control should be stopped. The real aim is to bring the media into line with the politics of a country whose ranking in the annual World Press Freedom Index published by Reporters Without Borders has fallen every year that PiS has been in power – from 18th to 59th.

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It takes a village to keep children safe both online and offline

03/11/19 | (0) Comments |

Children now represent one third of all Internet users. This number is expected to increase once developing countries – where most of the world’s children live –become digitized. This is both exciting and worrisome. Exciting because it has been established that connectivity opens doors to new educational experiences, skills, and other benefits. Worrisome because of what we know and experience about the Internet’s darker side.

 
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Measures to tackle disinformation and propaganda in Europe

28/10/19 | (0) Comments |

Recently, the European parliament voted in favour of stronger EU measures aimed at countering “highly dangerous” Russian disinformation and at upgrading the EU’s anti-propaganda unit.

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Media reform is alive and kicking!

21/10/19 | (0) Comments |

In September 2019, in a victory for the principles underlying media democracy, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit rebuked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) by overturning the agency’s latest attempts to eliminate long-standing limits on local-media ownership.

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Protest in the digital realm

14/10/19 | (0) Comments |

Digital technology is a growing force in today’s world. Since advocacy groups during the Vietnam War became incensed by televised images of suffering and torture, information and communication technology has changed the way we interact with the world around us.

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Media independence: A fundamental question

07/10/19 | (0) Comments |

It’s surprising that the issue of “fake news” took so long to raise its head. Deliberate misinformation and bias have been around for as long as journalism itself – more than 400 years by some accounts.

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How the 5G wireless dividend can help connect those left behind

30/09/19 | (0) Comments |

Private, public, and civil society actors should work together to encourage more sustainable financing of universal access efforts

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