The Pirate Party in Manchester. Looking forward to the Ancoats and Clayton By-election, December 2013

Digital Rights

Manifesto Digital Economy And Digital Rights page thumbnail✔ Digital Jobs
✔ Infrastructure
✔ No Disconnection
✔ End the Digital Divide
✔ Free Public WiFi

Everybody should benefit from the digital revolution. At the moment Manchester and the UK are behind the curve. Rather than focusing on access and capability, the Government has decided to limit our rights online, hampering our ability to make use of the internet to its fullest and hamstringing business.

We need to invest in truly world class infrastructure. The goal is fibre to every home and business and public WiFi where it is needed. The rolling out of public WiFi is a priority and, like street lighting, it is possible if we want it to happen. Together we can get Manchester connected.

Laws like the Digital Economy Act threaten to cut off whole families from digital opportunity, all to support businesses that have failed to adapt to the reality of a connected world. It’s time to stop the blocking of web sites, it is arbitrary censorship with no positive benefits. Rather than putting unnecessary burdens on digital businesses, we can get the real digital economy moving; creating new jobs and encouraging small businesses to export internationally via the Internet. We can grow the digital economy and make it possible for all to take part.

Consumers should be protected, the problem of misleading broadband advertising should be tackled with a right to pay only for the broadband  connectivity actually delivered. The ‘locking’ of electronic devices should be seen as anti-competitive. The principle of a neutral and open net should be protected. That is how business and our shared culture will grow.

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