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Knowledge about the value of natural resources, oil deposits, water sources and gas reserves enables citizens to assess their interests. Information about the market enables us to trade as well as to act. Knowledge about rights enables us to make our rightful claims. This chapter analyses one of the most essential challenges for ensuring that the Internet actually comes to operate as a global public good is that citizens be ensured access to and the possibility to express themselves and seek information in the public space which Cyberspace represents. It also focuses on the significance of research and research policy for countries’ welfare and for the spread of welfare between countries. The right to education can be viewed from several perspectives: pedagogical/humanistic, human rights, and as a global public good.

Keywords: access; global public good; human right; information; Internet; research policy



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