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What should be the strategic guidelines to take into account for Colombia' public policy in Digital Culture?

The Colombian ICT Ministry in association with Trust for the Americas, are currently working on setting out an agenda for the public policy for Digital Culture in Colombia, South America.

There are various ways the term ‘digital culture’ is used, and the consequent definitions tend to coalesce around ideas of digital information creation and use through online means. The use of the term ‘culture’ refers to the emergence of a means of interaction and being, and a community that partakes in these interactions. The affixed term ‘digital’ is thus used as a contrast with an analog means of communication. We define digital culture as the evolving use of digital information as a means of social and economic exchange, usually through a range of technological artifacts.

In this context, we understand digital culture as a social practice. Therefore, we would like to promote crowd wisdom to resolve the questions of: which are the strategic guidelines to develop a long term public policy for digital culture in Colombia? whom are involved? what specific topics should we include? Do you have any specific references or examples we must check?

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    Jul 8 2013: What a fascinating topic! One thing that I see as important to take into consideration is the opinion of a broad range of ages. Since many policy decisions are of course made by members of a certain generation, diverse age groups don't always inform those decisions. Especially with something like digital culture that's affected various generations so differently, I think that's quite a mistake.

    I'm not suggesting that 13-year-olds be responsible for national policy making, of course. But I do think that opinion polling could be very useful, and that care should be taken to recruit younger members of government and of related organizations to be involved.
    • Jul 10 2013: Thanks for contributing to our conversation Morton. As you already suggested we also think it is essential to get a wide range of opinions including people that are constantly using and appropriating digital tools as well as others that may not have as much access to it. In colombia several programs have been developed that aim to include the voice of those that are often ignored, especially children and the elder. Websites such as have been developed trying to educate people about the responsible usage of digital tools. In this site children are informed about sexting, grooming, online harrasment among others. Another initiative that has been quite successful is This website has several sections that allow anyone who speaks spanish to learn how to use a wide range of internet tools, from doing a successful search on google to creating your own blog.

      We are aware we should include everyone when it comes to making public policy. However, that is much easier said than done. How do you think this can be done? what methodology or what case studies should we look at to create an all inclusive participative legislation? How can we motivate youth to join and participate in governmental decision making?