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 a fundamental human right as it is often 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 commit 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) When it comes to developing state-led digital strategies, all stakeholders need to be involved. These strategies need to be relevant for the wider public and not just selected 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 support decentralized, citizen-based projects.

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