World-Information.org was set up as a trans-national cultural intelligence provider, a collaborative effort of artists, scientists and technicians. It is a practical example for a technical and contextual environment for cultural production and an independent platform of critical media intelligence. Launched under the patronage of the UNESCO at European cultural capital Brussels 2000, World-Information.Org was set up by the Institute for New Culture Technologies Vienna to meet the needs and expectations of citizens for high quality and accessible services of cultural information. With its mission statement "knowledge of future culture" World-Information.Org explored new technologies and future communication environments along with their implications.
World-Information.org monitors and maps the infosphere, the world's invisible nerve system of information networks, as well as the global information economy. Through artistic and scientific exploration of information and communication technologies World- Information.Org disseminates an understanding of their cultural, societal and political implications, and fosters future cultural practice. An agent of digital democratization and the pursuit of digital human rights, enlightening the opportunities, challenges and risks of information and communication technology, World-Information.Org provides information necessary for a democratic development of society, culture and politics.
World-Information.org addresses the rise of electronic information- and communication technology in which our society is subject to deep structural changes and transformations that affect all aspects of social life.
World-Information.org recognizes that ICT is not Science Fiction; it is now that we experience a steady increase in the importance of intelligently processed information and communications and this demands new ideas at the interface of culture and techno-politics.
World-Information.org declares that not only the influence of communication and information technologies on culture and arts, needs to be examined but the artistic and cultural practice with and within digital networks and the resulting changes in society, politics and the artistic practice itself.
World-Information.org demonstrates artistic practice in an increasingly immaterialized world, in which reference-information on situations are more relevant than the situation itself, and the use of digital networks for symbol-manipulation becomes more and more important.
World-Information.org shows that the "digital revolution", the expected changes both within the sector of work and everyday life through the increasing use of ICT in analogy to the profound changes in our society through the "Industrial Revolution" or so-called "Gutenberg Revolution" is very much related to what is happening in the field of biotechnology, biometrics and the fusion of "flesh and machine".