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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.

Internet governance should work towards mechanisms to reinvigorate independent journalism

17/06/19 | (0) Comments |

A free and independent media sector is one of the cornerstones of what it means for a country to be a liberal democracy. The emergence of the Internet was initially received with much optimism as there was an expectation that it would help democratize media systems, allowing “citizens to report news, expose wrongdoing, express opinions, mobilize protest, monitor elections, scrutinize government, deepen participation, and expand the horizons of freedom."

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True public service media to the rescue

10/06/19 | (0) Comments |

Every ten years or so the BBC comes in for criticism for being too partial or too impartial.

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World Wide Web or webs of intrigue?

03/06/19 | (0) Comments |

In its 2019 report, the Internet Society asks whether the Internet economy is consolidating and, if it is, what the implications might be.

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Seeing and hearing people who matter

27/05/19 | (0) Comments |

It is more and more evident that communication and information issues are intrinsically connected to questions of sustainable development and human dignity.

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Support for local media

20/05/19 | (0) Comments |

Subscribers to The Guardian in the UK recently received a message of appreciation from the Editor-in-Chief, Katherine Viner. She announced that after a three-year “turnaround” strategy the newspaper had hit its goal of breaking even – making a small profit that has been ploughed back into supporting their journalism.

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Digital vulnerability and global justice

13/05/19 | (0) Comments |

As with every new technological innovation, there are pros and cons, advantages and disadvantages, benefits and risks.

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Stand up for press freedom worldwide!

29/04/19 | (0) Comments |

It’s a more clandestine and dangerous world when journalists can be threatened with violence, detention, and death for doing their job.

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Freedom of the press in an age of anxiety

23/04/19 | (0) Comments |

The UK Foreign Secretary has appointed international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney to act as a special envoy on media freedom. She will also chair a high-level panel of legal experts on the issue.

 

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Instalike vs. Instahate

15/04/19 | (0) Comments |

In the “good old days” of traditional media, there were gatekeepers whose task was to apply professional and ethical standards to content. In addition, government and public entities established print and broadcast regulations that were independently monitored to ensure compliance.

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Why are Indigenous and minority languages important in today’s world?

08/04/19 | (0) Comments |

The United Nations has declared 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages in order to raise awareness about the importance of linguistic diversity in relation to sustainable development, culture, knowledge, and collective memory. People’s ability to communicate in their own language is one of the cornerstones of communication rights. 

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