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What should go into public policy on 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? What should be at the core of digital public policy?


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    Jul 11 2013: This all sounds like an eloquent way to shut down the internet as a place for the freest of free speech.
    • Jul 11 2013: Hello Matthew,

      Why do you think that? could you develop your idea a little more?

      I remind you that we are working for an NGO that is helping develop public policies in terms of digital culture. According to a study conducted last year by the Centro Nacional de Consultoria (National consulting center) it was reported that 94% of colombian homes have a cellphone, 35% have a desktop and 29% have a laptop. However, only 44% of people claim to have internet at home, which in urban areas goes up to 55% and in rural areas goes down to 26%. 17% of colombian homes have a smartphone from which 83% claim to have internet on their phones.

      What this means is that a large number of colombians do not have internet access, and believe or not according to the study this happens because people do not find internet to be useful. What we are trying to find are ways in which we can expand the use of internet in Colombia in ways that empower the population rather than simply setting up internet cafes in rural areas to increase internet access. How can we show people that the internet is a valuable tool that has analog, tangible applications in their lives? What are the main aspects that should be taken into account in terms of digital public policy that will allow more people to access, use, appropriate and participate online?

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