A. W. KOERS: Rights and Obligations of the Individual on the Electronic Highway - The Birth of a Charter. The Hague, Rathenau Instituut (Programme Information and Communication, FATIMA Series), 1995. ISBN 90 346 32 199.

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A. W. KOERS: Rights and Obligations of the Individual on the Electronic Highway - The Birth of a Charter. The Hague, Rathenau Instituut (Programme Information and Communication, FATIMA Series), 1995. ISBN 90 346 32 199.

Subtitled the birth of a charter, this booklet by Professor A.W. Koers (University of Utrecht) is part of a larger project Fatima. This project intends to contribute to the public and political debate about the public task for the information provision which was called for by the Dutch government in its Action Programme Electronic Highways of December 1994.

The booklet is an investigation of individual rights and obligations that might be an issue in the year 2010 as the result of the widespread use digital media. It takes the form of a scenario in which Fatima, the proprietress of a delicatessen in Rotterdam, returns to her office after a short holiday, switches on her computer and is horrified to find no less than 4293 E-mail messages have been transmitted. She promptly discovers that many messages are illegible, anonymous or have been erroneously mailed to her.

Fatimas subsequent experiences and their legal implications are discussed in this entertainingly presented slim booklet (47 pages). The report has two objectives: firstly to help the individual participate in the debate over his or her rights and obligations on the electronic highway; secondly, to ensure that, as a participant in the debate, the individual will be able to make a significant contribution.

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