On the Net* and the liberation of information that “wants” to be free** - A call for action by the United Nations, Universities, researchers, and development agencies, with reference primarily to international trade law, Ralph Amissah

Table of Contents

1 - Introduction

2 - Past, present and future perspectives of information and the Net

2.1 - Short historical perspectives

2.1.1 - The importance of writing in a historical context

2.1.2 - A perspective on the usability of the Net

2.1.3 - A brief history of the site Ananse/ ITL (International Trade Law)

2.2 - The future: what is all this about the Net?

2.2.1 - The future is not what it used to be: the Net alters what is possible and practicable

2.2.2 - Developmental and organisational dynamics within the chaos of the Net

3 - Who might the possibility of free information interest, and why?

3.1 - Publications from centers of higher learning

3.2 - Private international trade law

3.3 - Public international trade law (assumptions and some development issues)

3.4 - Development assistance to lower and middle income countries

4 - How information might be freed

4.1 - A hypothetical example based on a World Bank, UNCITRAL or UNCTAD law repository on the Net

4.2 - Reiteration of the universities role and interest

4.3 - Support for a non-commercial publishing system

5 - Conclusion

Endnotes

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