1. We believe that the priority of the information society is to allow for a diversity of ideas, the wide circulation of information, and building capacity for knowledge. The information society should serve humanity, and ICTs must attend to human welfare. Technological developments should be at the service of social progress and not at the service of economy.
2. We want universal access to the Internet and its neutrality, understood as the ability for people, whatever their level of digital competence and geographical and socio-economic situation, to create and use (by themselves or through mediation) networks already installed in their environment, and finding and putting on the net information relevant to their life projects.
3. The people has the right to an Internet connection that allows to send and receive the desired content, and use services and applications, provided they do not harm the net The people is entitled to an Internet connection free from the monopolies found in the telecommunication infrastructures and services, and free from all kinds of discrimination, blockades, limitations or prioritization of certain types of applications, services or contents, or based on the location of the sender or receiver. We must not impose any limitation or filter without a warrant. Citizens have the right to access more than one supplier (public or private) because the supply of this broadband service should not be related to the purchase of other products or services.
4. We believe that, as a society, we are not exploiting sufficiently the development opportunities offered by the information age. There is a risk that without specific policies, the wonders of electronic communication might become a new source of dependency rather than self-growth and opportunity. Designingn communication policies means taking development itself as the goal, combining trained and informed users, with an appropriate management by providers of information communication and technologies. It is very important that each country has its own communication policies, designed to understand and assume ICTs, both in general and massive terms, as in specialized niches or specific thematic areas.
5. We believe it is necessary to establish social sovereignty over computer networks. This social management includes:
5.1. The right of citizens to evaluate the ICTs management performed by the State or its licensees;
5.2. Regulations to promote open competition in ICT-related services, ensuring equal opportunities for all service providers, large and small;
5.3. Development of models of participative and community management in terms of ICTs, including consultation processes for the adoption of public policies;
5.4. Training in communities so they will be able to develop themselves ICTs’ promoters and multipliers; and awareness through strategies that allow people to know, understand and use ICT.
6. We believe that the rapidly expanding world of computer technology has left many sectors out of their benefits, a digital divide product of social gaps caused by economic, political, social, cultural, gender, generational, geographical inequalities, etc. To remedy this situation:
6.1. Internet access and training in the management of basic computer programs should be provided.
6.2. a comprehensive global effort should be carried out to equip schools in all communities around the world with computers and internet connectivity, with users instructed on proper use of this resource.
6.3. support the creation of a Digital Solidarity Fund, which is being advocated by developing countries.
6.4. promote the use of free or low cost technological solutions.
6.5. promote the use of free technologies (software, networks ...) and the shared use of equipment. Using ICTs in a responsible manner, taking into account all of its positive and negative impacts.
6.6. enhance the networking of associations at a global level, both in civil society and social services, through Internet communications, to promote the flow of data that can be generated (for initiatives, inequality, pollution, capital movements...).
6.7. promote the dissemination of indigenous communities’ content and in minority languages.
6.8. recoup closer interpersonal relationships: we must not forget that the first form of communication, the direct and oral one, is needed..
7. We believe that in order to prevent advertising from being ""propaganda"" education is key, so that biases can be filtered appropriately.
8. We believe active promotion simple lifestyles’ values, caring for the Earth and non-material wealth should be encouraged to counter advertisements that feed uncontrolled consumerism.
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