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Infrastructure

Policy actions sorted A-Z.

Adopt a whole economy approach to technology

Government policy should focus on technology as a priority. Legislation should be enacted that benefits all industries.

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Related policy actions: Access, Communications, Economy, Education and awareness, Infrastructure, Legislation, Markets, Open data, Public services

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Create building regulations that support installation of broadband infrastructure

Enforce conditions to building planning permissions that require builders to integrate broadband-capable wiring into buildings.

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Related policy actions: Broadband, Infrastructure, Regulation

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Create definitive registers of public data the market can build upon

Definitive, standard registers of public open data (addresses, companies, etc) are maintained by the relevant authorities so that commercial and public services can be built on top of them.

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Related policy actions: Infrastructure, Markets, Open data

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Guarantee net neutrality

Internet service providers are legally forbidden from prioritising data transfer by a certain digital service to ensure consumers have equal access to all services on any connection plan.

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Related policy actions: Access, Choice and competition, Infrastructure, Markets, Regulation

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Maintain a register of data controllers

The national data regulator maintains a searchable database of data controllers so consumers can find their point of contact and easily retrieve their data policies.

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Related policy actions: Infrastructure, Open data, Personal data, Regulation

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Make recommendations for safe software development

Government and technical organisations should recommend best practices to developers to ensure safety, particularly in environments where computers have control over the physical environment. Existing guidelines are biased towards space and nuclear science, but there will be a need for consumer advocacy here as self-driving cars near readiness for everyday use.

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Related policy actions: Algorithms, Disclosure, Education and awareness, Infrastructure, Security, Transparency

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Map broadband speed

Broadband speed is mapped throughout the country and released as open data. This is either done centrally or crowd-sourced from consumers. This allows policy makers and consumers to understand the quality of provision.

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Related policy actions: Access, Broadband, Infrastructure, Open data, Transparency

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Municipalities create their own broadband provider

Local authorities plan and maintain broadband infrastructure so there is democratic accountability to the provision of internet access.

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Related policy actions: Access, Broadband, Infrastructure, New business models

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Provide free public Wi-Fi

Secure and free Wi-Fi is provided in public spaces to provide internet access and participation in the consumer market to those unable to afford a home internet connection. Public Wi-Fi in central urban areas can stimulate economic activity in that area, and may also reduce roaming data costs for tourists visiting the area.

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Related policy actions: Access, Broadband, Infrastructure

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Provide funding to improve broadband infrastructure

Government funds, sometimes in partnership with private organisations, a major expansion project to increase broadband service reach and performance.

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Related policy actions: Access, Broadband, Infrastructure

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Provide public access to devices

Laptops or tablets are provided for use by the public, for example in libraries, to increase the number of people who can access digital services and participation in the digital consumer market.

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Related policy actions: Access, Education and awareness, Infrastructure, New business models

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Publish digital product recall notices

Software vulnerabilities are included in product recall notices and product recall notices are maintained and made available as open data, so that consumers are aware when they own an unsafe digital product.

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Related policy actions: Disclosure, Infrastructure, Open data, Security, Transparency

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Regulate Internet of Things devices

Regulators should be able to compel manufacturers to follow standards for privacy and security when designing Internet of Things (IoT) devices, in a similar way that regulators mandate that electrical safety standards are followed. This is important for consumers, because IoT devices collect so much data about a person and their surroundings and privacy considerations are poor at present.

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Related policy actions: Infrastructure, Privacy, Regulation, Security

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Set a minimum broadband speed

People expect a minimum broadband speed and may request compensation if the speed is not met. Countries may do this in several ways; including creating a minimum service obligation for a certain speed, or creating a legal definition of what services may be sold as broadband.

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Related policy actions: Access, Broadband, Infrastructure, Regulation

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