I. As G7 Leaders, you should involve every citizen in the digital revolution; therefore the Y7 recommends to:
Recognize the right to Internet access as a Human Right, since it is an enabler of other Human Rights such as: freedom of opinion and expression, the right to work, education, healthcare and non-discrimination.
We call for the implementation of national legislation to:
1. Ensure equal access to digital opportunities for everyone
Establish the appropriate technological infrastructure in G7 nations to guarantee 100 % access to Internet by 2025. Make access to a high-quality, stable, and neutral internet affordable and equitable through (1) investments in reliable and sufficiently fast broadband networks; (2) incentives to bring the latest digital technologies to underserved areas; (3) training and financial support to improve digital literacy among marginalized communities.
Pledge to work in partnership with African nations and developing countries to establish access to Internet as a Human Right, through (1) helping build infrastructure; (2) providing training and digital equipment; (3) exchanging knowledge and best practices.
Take a zero-tolerance approach towards entities that prevent an equal access to the Internet and digital opportunities, especially regarding censorship due to political interference.
2. Transform educational curricula to make digital literacy a core competency
Support research on the potential impacts of digital technologies on child development.
Create curricula that develop one’s ability to adapt to digital disruptions, by (1) introducing compulsory education on up to date and emerging technologies starting in primary school; (2) instituting a pedagogical approach that incorporates technology across all disciplines starting in primary school; (3) implementing a monthly “Tech day” with interactive activities such as programming, artificial intelligence, data science, design, blockchain, data privacy, cyber security, anti-cyberbullying and fake-news’ sensationalization classes.
Develop professional training to digitally upskill teachers.
Implement a universal framework on digital literacy reflecting the model of the Unesco digital competence framework.
Accelerate the transformation of universities in G7 nations to adapt to upcoming technological disruptions and to recognize the credentials received from Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).
Establish a 50% gender parity target, create dedicated awareness programs, and ensure that the country’s racial diversity is represented in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education programs by 2030 in order to encourage equal access to STEM education.
3. Engage with all stakeholders of the digital revolution for social justice
Along with all relevant stakeholders including digital platforms:
Create a Research G7-task force in partnership with the World Health Organisation (WHO) to (1) understand and analyse the impact that the Internet has on mental health, especially regarding social media addiction; (2) produce a progress report for G7 2020; (3) act on the findings.
Establish a universal right to digital oblivion on social platforms for minors.
Implement data protection and cyber security legislation in all G7 countries comparable to the General Data Protection Regulation and the Directive on Security of Network and Information Systems.
Share best practices and invest in resources to promote cyber security and data protection in developing nations.
Support SMEs with subsidies dedicated to cyber security and data protection to mitigate inequalities, and to protect individual’s privacy, which is a fundamental Human Right.
II. As G7 Leaders, you should promote digital literacy and competency programs to defend workers against digital disruption; therefore, the Y7 recommends to:
1. Guarantee social protections for all workers
Ensure social protection to all “gig workers” with: (1) proactive information on their rights; (2) smart contract technologies to foster their use of their social rights; (3) minimum wages aligned to national standards in their country.
Establish a national benefit program encouraging workers to take time off work to improve their digital skills while being supported by their employers, similar to Canada’s Training Benefit program.
2. Help workers to adapt to changes caused by the digital shift
Develop an online platform, in partnership with the OECD, monitoring the changing nature of work and professions of the future.
Create a safety net for workers with assurance that a job loss due to technological disruptions opens a right to a maximum 1-year long training program to keep up with evolutions of the economy.
Achieve greater racial and gender diversity in technology companies by (1) establishing equity and inclusion targets in the workplace; (2) enforcing 50% gender parity on all boards by 2030.
III. As G7 Leaders, you should adhere to ethical practices, principles, and application of artificial intelligence; therefore, the Y7 recommends to:
1. Establish an Intergovernmental Panel on Artificial Intelligence (IPAI)
Promote cooperation between the international community, including G7 members, African nations, private and nonprofit sectors, academics, industry experts, civil society and youth-led think tanks, with a strong representation of young people under the age of 30 (20%) and women (50%) on the IPAI.
Mandate the IPAI to (1) create industry standards, norms and promising practices regarding issues such as unemployment and healthcare; (2) work on a common ethical framework; (3) monitor the implementation of OECD Principles on AI; (4) discuss the strategic arms agreement regarding the lethality and proliferation of AI for military purposes; (5) research the social implications of AI on society, public good and individuals.
Ensure all IPAI reports are available in words that someone who is not an expert can understand and create online participatory platforms for citizens to become involved in the debate.
2. Fight against all biases, particularly gender and racial biases, in algorithms or datasets at the national level
Implement and promote the OECD Principles on AI.
Develop a system of transparency, monitoring and labelling of algorithms on the basis of the OECD Principles on AI.
Enforce a right for citizens and consumers to appeal in national courts against unfair AI-made decisions based on the OECD Principles on AI.
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