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Critical Engagements of NGOs for Global Human Rights Protection

A New Epoch of Cosmopolitanism for Larger Freedom?

On-Kwok Lai

Since the mid-1990s, the international norms for global development have been redefined under non-governmental organizations’ (NGOs) critical e-mobilizations, powered by new media. International governmental organizations (IGOs) have been forced to make policy adjustments or concessions, resulting in new IGOs-NGOs policy regimes for consultative consensus building and for protecting people’s economic, social, and cultural rights (ESC) for enhancing social quality. This paper examines the emerging cosmopolitanism in the information age, focusing on NGOs’ advocacy networks, to understand the new media-enhanced participatory regime for global governance. It also illustrates a new form of social participation, as promoted by social quality theory, in the age of e-globalization and the information society. The paper has five parts. After outlining the globalization project threatening ESC rights, the second section examines critical engagements of NGOs and IGOs for human rights promotion. Parts three and four discuss, respectively, the struggles for ESC rights in shaping new ethics and norms for global development, and the variations of new social media mobilization. The paper ends with critical remarks on the project for larger freedom and human rights for all.

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Claire Wallace

Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) open up the possibility of new forms of relationship and engagement, which form part of the sociality of modern society, leading some to characterize this as a transition to an "information society", a "network society", or a "third industrial revolution". This has implications for Social Quality, especially in terms of social cohesion, social inclusion and social empowerment. Drawing upon recent research we find that ICTs have added new dimensions to social life in ways that go beyond the original formulations of the digital divide. Conversely, Social Quality can also add important insights into our understanding of the relationship between society and technology. The article argues that discussions of Social Quality should take these dimensions into account.

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Andrea Flores Urushima

The 1960s period witnessed the most important internal migration of Japan's population since the modern period with the definitive shift from a rural to an urban-based society. This unprecedented transformation led the Japanese central government to request visions for the prospective development of the national territory in an open competition. Responding to this call, a wide range of reports were produced and debated between 1967 and 1972, mobilizing a vast network of influential representatives in city making, such as sociologists, economists, urban planners, and architects. This article analyzes these reports on the theme of the conservation of natural and historical heritage. To support a sustainable development that was adjustable to economic and social change, the reports emphasized the aesthetic and environmental value of natural landscapes and traditional lifestyles. The reports also proclaimed the rise of an information society and stressed the growing importance of leisure and tourism activities, nowadays one of the most profitable industries worldwide. Apart from their value as interdisciplinary reflections on problems related to urban expansion with visionary qualities, the reports were also highly relevant because they influenced later policies on urban planning and heritage preservation.

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Dearly Departed

Communicating with the Dead in the Digital Age

Jennifer Huberman

. 2013 . “ Millions Now Living Will Never Die: Cultural Anxieties about the Afterlife of Information .” Information Society 29 ( 3 ): 142 – 151 . Briggs , Pam , and Lisa Thomas . 2014 . “ The Social Value of Digital Ghosts .” In Moreman and

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Christopher Howard and Wendelin Küpers

-distancing” and “bringing near.” Enframed by the technologies of the information society, contemporary mobile lifeworlds disclose new modes of moving, dwelling, and ultimately Being-in-the-world. Noting certain dangers and ethical problems with “interplaced” modes

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‘Being TED’

The university intellectual as globalised neoliberal consumer self

Wesley Shumar

part of growth and fuelled the development of zones of the knowledge economy based in the new soft productions of the information society. Universities were central to the idea of knowledge economy zones and they played a critical role in the

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The correct secret

Discretion and hypertransparency in Chinese biosecurity

Katherine A. Mason

Mazzarella puts it, “involved the quantitative claim that more information was good and less information was bad” (2006: 489). Tsoukas explains, “it is the ideal of transparency that the information society promises to deliver” (1997: 835). At the same time

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Communities of Practice at the Cidade do Saber

Plural Citizenship and Social Inclusion in Brazil

Carla Guerrón Montero

Progress: A Political History of Brazil ( Boulder : Westview Press ). Schwen , T. and N. Hara ( 2003 ), ‘ Communities of Practice: A Metaphor for Online Design ’, The Information Society 91 , no. 3 : 257 – 70 . Seda Santana , I. ( 2000

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Interdisciplinary Approaches to Refugee and Migration Studies

Lessons from Collaborative Research on Sanctuary in the Changing Times of Trump

Sara Vannini, Ricardo Gomez, Megan Carney, and Katharyne Mitchell

, and Vulnerability among Migrants at the United States–Mexico Border .” The Information Society 32 ( 3 ): 176 – 191 . . Nicholls , W.J. 2013 . The DREAMers: How the Undocumented Youth Movement

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Chloe Krystyna Garcia and Ayesha Vemuri

.” Feminism and Psychology 21 ( 3 ): 411 – 419 . doi:10.1177/0959353511411691 . Nakamura , Lisa , and Peter Chow-White . 2012 . “ Introduction—Race and Digital Technology: Code, the Color Line, and the Information Society .” In Race after the