Jeremy Corbyn promises to ‘rebuild Britain’ with digital manifesto – The Independent
Jeremy Corbyn will pledge to introduce a “digital bill of rights” as part of a range of commitments on new technology, in a speech that will explain how Labour can “democratise the internet” to get back into government.
Mr Corbyn will announce plans for high-speed broadband and mobile connectivity for every household, company and organisation in Britain if he is re-elected Labour leader.
He will also launch a public consultation to draw up a digital bill of rights, and develop a digital citizen passport – a voluntary scheme that will provide Britons with a secure and portable identity for their online lives.
He will say that a Corbyn government would utilise the internet to promote popular participation in politics, building on the lesson learned in his leadership campaign.
Appearing at Newspeak House Shoreditch on Tuesday morning, Mr Corbyn will say: “My leadership campaign is leading the way in harnessing the advances of new technology to organise political campaigning like we’ve never seen before.
“The creativity of the networked young generation is phenomenal. We have thousands of young volunteers on our campaign taking part in this digital revolution.
“We will channel this new energy and creativity into Labour’s general election campaign whenever it comes, it’s in this way that Labour can get back into government.
“Labour under my leadership will utilise the advances of digital technology to mobilise the most visible general election campaign ever.
“There is also a clear need for more online democracy and our manifesto today sets out how Labour would democratise the internet in order to rebuild and transform Britain, so that no-one and no community is left behind.”
Mr Corbyn will also pledge to create a free on-line hub of learning resources for his planned National Education Service and to require all publicly funded software and hardware is released under an Open Source licence.
He will also promise to foster more cooperative ownership of digital platforms by getting his proposed national investment bank to fund websites and apps designed to slash the cost of connecting producers with consumers.