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Recommendation on the Promotion and Use of Multilingualism and Universal Access to Cyberspace 15 October 2003

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This chapter presents a recommendation, on the promotion and use of multilingualism and universal access to cyberspace, adopted by the General Conference of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), meeting in Paris, held on 15 October 2003. Member States should formulate appropriate national policies on the crucial issue of language survival in cyberspace, designed to promote the teaching of languages, including mother tongues, in cyberspace. UNESCO, in cooperation with other international organizations, should establish a collaborative online observatory on existing policies, regulations, technical recommendations, and best practices relating to multilingualism and multilingual resources and applications, including innovations in language computerization. Member States should encourage internet service providers (ISPs) to consider provision of concessionary rates for internet access in public service institutions, such as schools, academic institutions, museums, archives and public libraries, as a transitional measure towards universal access to cyberspace.

Keywords: academic institutions; cyberspace; internet service providers (ISPs); multilingualism; UNESCO; universal access



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