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A call for the "1% digital solidarity principle" at the Lyon Forum Print E-mail
 
As part of the Forum for Responsible Globalization held in Lyon from 26 to 28 October, the DSF and the world Digital Solidarity Agency participated to a conference on "digital solidarity : local authorities as a catalyst for multistakeholder partnerships". On this occasion, the Fund’s spokesman, Christian Ferrazino, Vice-Mayor of the City of Geneva, recalled that already two years ago, the City of Geneva introduced the "1% digital solidarity principle".

He also insisted on the urgent need to act in favour of digital solidarity : "the challenge is huge. The consequences of the digital divide will be even more serious than those of the industrial divide. We must rapidly implement a financing mechanism that can respond to the challenge and which will enable both State representatives and private businesses to play together the game of digital solidarity".

The founder of the DSF, President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal, announced that his country had already adopted the "1% digital solidarity principle" in order to "respond to the challenge in Africa". "Humanity is divided between those who communicate amongst themselves – and can create wealth thanks to this information exchange - and those who cannot communicate. Africa is not connected; it does not have access to knowledge. Information technologies are the fastest way to accede directly to knowledge."

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