Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has published a 'digital democracy manifesto' which includes pledges ranging from high-speed broadband for all to the release of all publicly-funded software's source code under permissive licences.
Divisive Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has published a 'digital democracy manifesto' which aims to address concerns regarding the growth of a societal gulf between technological haves and have-nots in the UK.
Published following a press conference late yesterday, Jeremy Corbyn's digital democracy manifesto is described in a somewhat error-peppered summary as 'about ensuring that our advances are shared, utilised and enjoyed by everyone, as part of a wider strategy to rebuild and transform Britain so that no one and no community is left behind.'
Accordingly, it outlines a range of topics on which Corbyn's Labour Party will campaign, from the promise of 'high speed broadband and mobile connectivity for every household, company and organisation in Britain from the inner city neighbourhoods to the remotest rural community' to a 'Digital Citizen Passport which will be used when interacting with public services like health, welfare, education and housing.'
Some of the more interesting extracts from Corbyn's manifesto include the promise that 'all publicly funded software and hardware is released under an Open Source licence,' a commitment which goes beyond current governmental requirements.
The manifesto also promises to 'create a free-to-use online hub of learning resources for the National Education Service,' and that 'the BBC Charter will be updated with a commitment to nurture programming from local and identity communities; Ofcom will protect network neutrality; funding bodies will be encouraged to sponsor new media arts projects; we will reform the laws on intellectual property so that producers and consumers benefit.'