Languages of the World: Digital Networks and ICT Tools for Inclusion, Education, and Content Creation


Session 271

16:30–18:15, Monday, 12 June 2017 Room L1, ITU Montbrillant Thematic Workshop

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Unicity vs diversity in cyberspace

The session will explore the use of languages in cyberspace.

Today, the interaction between the dual nature of information, humans and culture, implies the fact that there is not only an “emitter” and a “receiver”, but also a physical and/or social link between the two.

In other words, “emitter” can be neither comprehended nor defined without a “receiver” counterpart. It has thus far been impossible to find a satisfying definition for such a commonplace object as “language” in cyberspace, however recent advances in data science and Complexity Theory provide some useful suggestions for working our way back, reverse engineering, to the underlying simplicities.

In short, electronic networks and services should be considered as a sphere of "common good" for effective communication in modern societies.


Mr. Louis Pouzin, Eurolinc France and Mr. Richard Delmas, President Semantis, Belgium


- Prof. Anne-Marie Laulan, ISCC-CNRS, Paris
- Margaret Dunham, Inalco, Interpreter, US/France
- Prof. May Addallah, Univ. Liban, Beyrouth
- Prof. Ismail Benali, Univ. Paris
- Eglantine Chabasseur, La caravane des dix mots, Lyon, France

Session's link to WSIS Action Lines

  • AL C3 logo C3. Access to information and knowledge
  • AL C8 logo C8. Cultural diversity and identity, linguistic diversity and local content
  • AL C10 logo C10. Ethical dimensions of the Information Society
  • AL C11 logo C11. International and regional cooperation

Session's link to Sustainable Development Process

  • Goal 4: Quality education logo Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • Goal 10: Reduced inequalities logo Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries
  • Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions logo Goal 16: Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies
  • Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals logo Goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development


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