Access to information and sharing of

Access to information and sharing of

How does access to information and sharing of technology relate to sustainability?

In sustainable development, everyone is a user and provider of information considered in the broad sense. That includes data, information, appropriately packaged experience and knowledge. The need for information arises at all levels, from that of senior decision makers at the national and international levels to the grass-roots and individual levels. The following two programme areas need to be implemented to ensure that decisions are based increasingly on sound information:

(a) Bridging the data gap;
(b) Improving information availability

Key questions for this area

If you are teaching or studying in this area, or are looking to add content to your unit, the following are some key questions you should be able to answer and/or consider:

  • Why is it so important to openly share technology and provide access to information to all?
  • How do notions of freedom of expression versus privacy and intellectual property fit with access to information and sharing of technology?
  • What is the Aarhus Convention?
  • How does environmentally sound technology fit into this whole equation?

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