We think it is urgent to initiate a new form of alliance of actors to preserve an open and healthy digital environment, as urgent as the Climate movement.
There is no coincidence : these last weeks in Brussels, we have seen an incredible rise of protests against the dangers of climate change and global warming and the inaction of our governments. 75.000 people in the streets on December 2! On January 24, the third march of ‘Youth for Climate’ gathered 35.000 students out of school in the streets and made the headline news all over the world. And this Sunday 27 January, 70.000 people marched in front of the EU Parliament!
We have to work altogether to trigger the same awareness about our Digital Climate! We – experts and actors in the digital field – know what’s happening: mass surveillance, fake news and other carefuly planned manipulations of our belief and political systems, freedom of expression, economy of attention/addiction, destructive fragmentation of communities,… We all know that, how pernicious and dangerous is the global digital environment and how more terrible it will be if nothing is done, and how much it is part of this new anthropocene and its ecosystem.
But not enough people, old and young (especially those digital natives) are aware of this! Same for our politicians and governments so slow to act while the global actors of the digital economy and their network of startups, private and public laboratories, lobbyists are preparing the future along their roadmap.
It is urgent to act for the Digital Climate, indeed it is now a key component of the Earth Climate and its future! If nothing is done, it could jeopardize the Climate by the manipulation of our minds, opinions and socio-political systems paralysing any actions, as well as by its direct ecological impact.