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A “Digital Bill of Rights”
Digitalisation creates new challenges for people’s rights. Telefónica calls for a “Digital Bill of Rights” to adapt people’s rights to new dimensions brought about technological innovation and to guarantee enforcement of those rights. Legal and policy framework must guarantee that rights and obligations apply equally online as they do offline.
Smart public policies
The frontiers that used to insulate countries from foreign threats are less effective in the borderless digital era. Nevertheless, most supervisory and regulatory authorities are still focusing on traditional approaches that prove inefficient and even inadequate to protect fair competition and consumers. Therefore, as digitalisation changes everything, policy and regulatory frameworks also need to be updated.
Improving global cooperation
The global nature of the Internet forces all stakeholders to think globally. We believe that a kind of “legal interoperability” is needed, a framework that makes scenarios of compatibility between different national standards possible.
This is an effort that requires stable cooperation from all parties involved to reach universal standards: the public and private sectors, as well as civil society.
The rapid changes brought by digitalisation have left many public policies and legal frameworks increasingly outdated. This challenges people’s rights, consumer protection and fair competition. There is an urgent need of modernisation.
01. Digital bill of rights
A “Digital Bill of Rights” should guarantee a human-centric digitalisation so the rights of people are protected equally online as they do offline.
03. Protect competition and people
Markets and companies need to be able to innovate while authorities should defend established values and be able to intervene quicker and more decisively to protect competition and people, if necessary.
02. A new regulatory paradigm
A new policy and regulatory paradigm is needed, which combines business self-regulation, policy guidance and an improved supervision based on regulating activities rather than entities.
04. Improve global cooperation
Policy makers should strive to find international solutions on global and regional level due to the global nature of the Internet and digital services in order to avoid disruption of cross-border data flows.
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