The Global Digital Justice Forum, led by a digital justice vision, is a diverse group of development organizations, digital rights networks, feminist groups, trade unions, and corporate watchdogs. This includes Campaign of Campaigns, Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN), Equidad, ETC Group, Global Policy Forum, Groupe de Recherche Pour Une Stratégie Économique Alternative (GRESEA), IT for Change, Just Net Coalition, Latin American Information Agency (ALAI), Oxfam International, Public Services International (PSI), Social Watch, The Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO), Third World Network, and the Transnational Institute (TNI).
The group believes that civil society and social movements should play a central role in digital policymaking and that the internet is a communication commons belonging to the world's people. It aims for a democratized and meaningful participation of marginalized voices in policy processes to ensure agile, accountable, and people- and planet-oriented policies. The forum recognizes that the digital divide is a development divide and strives to ensure that digitalization positively contributes to the right of all to live with dignity and wellbeing, without undermining the commitments of the international community in delivering the 2030 Agenda.
Watch this space for updates on the new initiatives IT for Change will be working on as part of this venture.
Submission of Inputs for the Global Digital Compact by the Global Digital Justice Forum
IT for Change is a part of the Global Digital Justice Forum, which recently submitted an input for the Global Digital Compact (GDC).
The Forum believes that the GDC has the potential to revitalize international cooperation vis-à-vis digital technology. The group is of the opinion that for this opportunity to materialize, the GDC must unequivocally reject the ‘equal footing’ multistakeholder model that has dominated digital cooperation processes, leading to an entrenchment of corporate power. Instead, the GDC must build on WSIS outcomes and set up a new democratic global digital governance framework founded in a human rights-based constitutionalism that acknowledges the legitimate role of governments in digital policymaking.
This submission has been co-constructed by the group through the past several months of dialogue, deliberation, and consultation with several communities in the Global South.