1. Connect all people to the internet, including all schools
Note: The following is a summary of recent relevant EuroDIG session outcomes and messages on which you may wish to comment. Additional proposals for core principles and commitments for action relating to this thematic area are also invited in this consultation.
¶ 1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 3 Access to a computer, tablet, and to the Internet must be observed as a universal right.
¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 1 A multi-stakeholder approach is necessary to raise awareness of relevant tools and platforms, to optimise the technical infrastructure for Internet access, and to enhance cybersecurity, which is important when connecting classrooms to the wider world.
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 1 There are many existing challenges in establishing community networks, particularly on the regulatory, funding, and connectivity side. However, technical aspects go hand in hand with a strong network of community support: both the technology and the sense of community are crucial elements in ensuring the success of community networks.
Commitments to action
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 European policymakers need to devise digital policies that firstly improve European digital infrastructure and secondly build bridges through strategic partnerships with key players like the US and China.
¶ 5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 1 There is a need for increased investment in international connectivity through submarine cables and other technologies.
¶ 6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 The EU should take decisive steps in establishing a comprehensive digital connectivity strategy not only between the member states but also other regions, in particular those with high traffic growth in Africa and south America.
¶ 7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 1 Community networks provide Internet access for and by remote communities. When establishing community networks, it is crucial to build digital capacity both in terms of installation and maintenance of technical infrastructure and in terms of developing digital literacy programmes that ensure users’ meaningful participation on the Internet.
Accessibility on all devices
Accessibility for all devices is a must and must take into account all disabilities including the blind and deaf.
This is a must for ehealth