Welcome to the information sphere. Welcome to the World-Infostructure!

The transition from the industrial to the information society has dramatically changed the role and function of information. Today, information has become one of the most valuable economic goods and the development of the information society has created both a new, global technical infrastructure and - along with the new economy - a historically unique power structure. World-Information.Org presents a close-up of the economic, technical, and political foundations of the globalizing information society.

The World-Infostructure focuses on the development of communication technologies and their societal, cultural, and economic impacts. Beginning with the alphabet, the World-Infostructure visualizes and describes the development of media: communication codes, tools, and increasingly sophisticated technical instruments.

Media have diversified and become global - the media and IT sectors being among the first to generate a trend towards large-scale mergers. Ownership of media equals power and influence. To demonstrate this, the World-Infostructure features the big players of the global media market, who control literally thousands of newspapers, online services, TV and radio stations: the production, manipulation, distribution and control of information is concentrated in the hand of few media oligopolies worldwide.

Satellites and cables provide the world's central nerve system of information. Who owns and controls those electronic networks and who provides and possesses the technical information infrastructure? World-Infostructure gives an overview of the complex interrelations of technology, private investments and the public interest.

It shows the distribution of information and power: the winners and losers of information globalization, the information-rich and the information-poor.

World-Infostructure points out the problem of human rights in a digital world. A democratized society is based upon a broad understanding of communication processes and their underlying technologies. Therefore universal human rights have to be extended to incorporate the information society. Basic digital human rights mean the right to access the electronic domain, the right to freedom of expression and association online, and the right to privacy.