Sustaining Democracy in the Digital Age | The Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy

  • okt 2009
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  • Aangepast aug 2014
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The Commission believes that achieving its vision of informed communities requires pursuing three fundamental objectives:

  • Maximizing the availability of relevant and credible information to communities.
  • Strengthening the capacity of individuals to engage with information.
  • Promoting individual engagement with information and the public life of the community.

A community is a healthy democratic community—it is an “informed community”—when:

  • People have convenient access to both civic and life-enhancing information, without regard to income or social status.
  • Journalism is abundant in many forms and accessible through many convenient platforms.
  • Government is open and transparent.
  • People have affordable high-speed Internet service • wherever and whenever they want and need it.
  • Digital and media literacy are widely taught in schools, public libraries and other community centers.
  • Technological and civic expertise is shared across the generations.
  • Local media—including print, broadcast, and online media—reflect the issues, events, experiences and ideas of the entire community.
  • People have a deep understanding of the role of free speech and free press rights in maintaining a democratic community.
  • Citizens are active in acquiring and sharing knowledge, both within and across social networks.
  • People can assess and track changes in the information health of their communities.

“How can we advance quality, skilled journalism that contributes to healthy information environments in local communities?”

a. Maximizing the availability of Relevant and Credible Information

b. Enhancing the Information Capacity of Individuals: People need tools, skills, and understanding to use information effectively.
The Commission concludes: All people have a right to be fully informed. There need be no second-class citizens in informed communities. Funding to meet this goal is an investment in the nation’s future. Americans cannot compete globally without new public policies and investment in technology.

c. Promoting Public engagement. To pursue their true interests, people need to be engaged with information and with each other.

Sustaining Democracy in the Digital Age | The Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy

Sustaining Democracy in the Digital Age | The Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy

http://www.report.knightcomm.org/

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