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Liberalizing the European MediaPolitics, Regulation, and the Public Sphere$
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Shalini Venturelli

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198233794

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198233794.001.0001

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Beyond the Promise of Technology: Communication Rights in the Information Society

Beyond the Promise of Technology: Communication Rights in the Information Society

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(p.254) 8 Beyond the Promise of Technology: Communication Rights in the Information Society
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Liberalizing the European Media
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Shalini Venturelli

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198233794.003.0009

This chapter deals with the question of information rights or participatory rights in the European Union. It raises questions on whether constitutional traditions and provisions on communication rights and highly diverse public interest may be used as a basis for developing a set of common principles and ideals that will mould and guide the information society in the age of information. This chapter also attempts to show the strong dependence of the public on its constitutional guarantees for the information rights of participation. The studies presented in this chapter and in the book in general address, through investigation of the information society's policies, the importance of the discussion for a participatory public space. This chapter presents the result of the analysis of the study that the concept of laissez faire competition is invalid when viewed under socio-legal empirical evidence and standards of the participatory framework.

Keywords:   information society, communication rights, participatory rights, participatory public space

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