[DC3] an Internet for the poor vs. empowering the people

Nicolás Echániz nicoechaniz at altermundi.net
Sun Nov 20 02:06:24 UTC 2016

During my participatin in the WEF meeting that I was invited to, I came
up with this concept that I believe must be a strong point in our
strugle forward in order to differentiate what we are doing from so many
other initiatives to "connect the unconnected":

Facebook's Free Basics and Internet planes, Google's Loon project as
well as many government plans to bring "Internet access" to public
spaces in poor villages and disadvantaged areas are all initiatives to
create an Internet for the Poor. One where the people get a second class
digital citizenship.

On the other hand, we from the community networks movement are
empowering the people to build meaningful infrastructures that create
the local portion of the Internet in a manner that is respectful of
human value and not just motivated by access statistics or profit.

I'd like to make this idea part of our Declaration.

What do the rest of you think?


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