Rawls, Fraser, redistribution, recognition and The World Summit on the Information Society

Collins, Richard (2007). Rawls, Fraser, redistribution, recognition and The World Summit on the Information Society. International Journal of Communication, 1 pp. 1–23.

URL: https://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/51/16

Abstract

The author frames an account of the 2005/6 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and the Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) in the framework of John Rawls' arguments for redistribution using the 'difference principle' and Nancy Fraser's arguments for recognition as constituents of justice. He argues that the intensity and character of debates in the WSIS/WGIG can better be understood in terms of Fraser's notion of recognition rather than Rawls' notion of redistribution. He argues that the dynamics of WSIS/WGIG can be understood in terms of conflicting recognition claims from states and civil society focused on the legitimacy of "trilateralism", including civil society, as a principle of participation in these Internet governance fora.

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