SDG 1 and SDG 10 — End poverty in all its forms everywhere and reduce inequality within and among countries

(1)  Access to the internet should be understood as a fundamental human right as it often is the basis for cultural and political participation. We need policies for free, equal and affordable access to the internet for all to be developed with users and concerned parties. Governments have to be committed to a just distribution of digital resources. At the same time, digital skills or access to the internet cannot be a condition or requirement for full participation in society, politics or economies.

(2)  Net neutrality should be stipulated by law to guarantee free and fair sharing of content online.

(3)  When it comes to developing state-led digital strategies, all stakeholders need to be involved – including the non-commercial sector. These strategies need to relevant for the wider public and not just select groups. Collaboration between governments and IT companies for public digital development have to be transparent and monitored by relevant actors, in order to prevent further commercialization of data, expansion of monopolies and limitations of democratic principles such as freedom of information. Governments should rather support decentralized, citizen-based projects.

(4)  Removal of hate speech and violation of terms of use in social media is currently overwhelmingly being handled by people in the Global South – often this means having to review graphic and violent content for hours. There needs to be proper protection and support of content removers, including a global discussion on how to not leave them behind in a digital world.

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