1. A blueprint for digital sovereignty
1.1. Public education for digital emancipation
The first point is to encourage the development of ecosystems of digital skills beyond basic coding. One of the areas of strategic intervention to prevent digital colonialism is education and access to knowledge that can create active participation in shaping the digital society.
It is imperative to develop an education system that explains how technology is made, and how technology could be shaped to reflect other sets of values.
1.2. Public procurement to change the rules of the game and decentralise tech power
When imagining a blueprint for the future, governments aiming at gaining back control of vital infrastructure should put public interest first when assessing new investments in technology.
They should invest in their own infrastructure to transmit data, at least for government information and also information of strategic sectors.
They should prioritise and create incentives for the creation of regional data centres and for local developers and local industries to provide services and equipment.
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Furthermore, governments should invest more and better in decentralised platforms and services to provide citizens with a basic participatory infrastructure.
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They should also pass comprehensive legislation to open all black boxes, prioritising sustainability and adaptability of the systems they deploy.
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Projects such as free laptops and large infrastructure projects should be evaluated as to whether they are giving more to a country than they are receiving in terms of data power.
1.3. A different era of digital cooperation
intergovernmental cooperation in public sector free software could grow and lead to the creation of pools of code, optimising investment and resilience
The focus should be on developing local capacities inside public administrations and tech teams able to solve problems