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Why Designing a Sustainable Digital Future Requires Policy-Makers to Include Civil Society

Civil society voices are needed in digital policy processes to tackle growing global and national inequality as well as to confront climate change and environmental crises. Some consequences of unsustainable digitalisation are only starting to emerge, and they are doing so in unpredictable ways depending on the societal domains and groups of people affected. For digital policy to serve the common good instead of representing particular economic interests, it is essential that civil society is much more involved and that its perspectives are proactively considered. It will only succeed to steer digitalisation into a sustainable future if this multiplicity of societal perspectives is considered in digital policy-making.