Digital Expansion describes a comprehensive program for addressing the inequalities of the Internet. It differs from current, inadequate approaches in that it treats people as human beings and full, active participants in global society rather than as consumers, as the divided, or as those who have fallen behind. Digital Expansion assumes a transformation of the Internet as a result of expanding participation in it.
The core components of Digital Expansion are
- A human right to communication
- The freedom to communicate
- Access to the means of communication
- Open lines of communication
- Popular engagement in determining a shared communications future
The human right to communication requires security for this right as for the rights to food, clothing, and shelter. And the freedom to communicate, which involves listening and being heard and so goes beyond a bourgeois freedom of expression, necessitates the elimination of economic or social conditions that prevent or restrict one’s participation in the exchange of information.