SDG 16 — Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

(1)  Freedom of speech, press, information and communication are essential values for democratic society and need to be applied and protected offline as well as online.

(2)  The right to privacy has to be ensured. Data encryption as a mean of self-protection is a fundamental right and must not be restricted. This includes the right not to supply any authority with passwords or encryption keys. Anonymity is an important right in the real as well as digital world.

(3)  Any data that is not objectively needed must not be collected by the state or companies. Any incidental data has to be deleted immediately if no reason for storage can be named. The dissemination of illegally or wrongly obtained data as well as data abuse has to lead to appropriate penalties. Data protection laws have to include the fact that legal access to data does not allow for junction of data. A violation of e.g. the EU GDPR by security agencies has to be transparently and publicly accounted for. Anonymous mobile communication has to be protected legally and technically. The right to be forgotten has to be implemented. This has to apply to all people independent of their citizenship.

(4)  Surveillance by the government has to be punished by law. The global trade with surveillance technology has to happen in compliance with the rule of law and be properly controlled.

(5)  Any check on the culpability or illegality of content, e.g. in social media, has to follow a strict inspection of its context and intention. This task has to be undertaken by courts. Freedom of speech and freedom of information of individuals as well as the general public has to be protected even in the face of persecution of illegal or criminal content.

(6)  Whistleblowers have to be protected. No one brave enough to publicly show hidden grievances should be discriminated.

(7)  The use of autonomous technology for warfare has to be banned. The dehumanization of war victims by remote killing is leading to a further escalation of violence and a climate of fear in many regions and countries. The militarization of civic IT technology and technology development by the military must not be financed by public money. Any government should rather internationally engage for peace and ban drones, KI and other digital technology in warfare.

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