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This joint submission is a response to the Global Digital Compact consultation process and its expected outcome to outline shared principles for an open, free and secure digital future for all. We envision a Global Digital Compact that responds to the socio-environmental impacts of digital technologies, and adopts an intersectional and rights-based approach to the future of digital technologies.
This submission is the result of a participatory consultation process hosted by the APC network and the Latin American Institute for Terraforming. This consultation process included an online survey, virtual meeting, and open drafting for input from participating organisations and individuals.
We have identified two intersecting principles towards a future of digital governance for Earth justice and sustainable development:
Respect planetary boundaries and the rights of nature in the design, production and deployment of digital technologies.
Ensure meaningful access to information, participation in decision making, and access to justice for environmental rights and the rights of nature.
These principles are aligned with existing international standards and commitments, and respond to the urgent need for action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Commitments made by all stakeholders to uphold these principles must adopt intersectional and rights-based approaches towards the future of digital technologies.
Download the submission here.