This is a translation from a French version of the manifesto. Please let me know if something sounds strange or is hardly understable.
Radical alter-digitalism aims to develop an acceptable digital world: socially and ecologically sustainable, emancipating rather than alienating, chosen rather than suffered.
Radical alter-digitalism incorporates into its vision the need to halt the unbridled digitization of the world, and the denumerization of some technologies, tools, equipment, processes. An “other digitalism” is sometimes no digital at all.
Radical alter-digitalism aims to design and implement democratic processes (consultations, debates, discussions, citizens’ convention, voting processes) to collectively decide on acceptable digital futures, in relation to the world’s ecological and social limits. It’s only on a political scale that acceptable digital futures, and a more sober and resilient society, can be decided upon and really see the light of day.
Radical alter-digitalism rejects all techno-solutionism. Digital technology cannot and will not solve anything, neither the current problems of digital technology, nor the ecological crisis, democracy, conflicts between countries.
Radical alter-digitalism is aware that digital technology amplifies multiple social inequalities, but for all that, it doesn’t confuse the amplifier with the cause. Digital technology has not created violence, social inequalities or power relations. But it amplifies them, and sometimes transforms them. What’s more, like many other industries, digital technology relies on a whole sector that meticulously and deliberately exploits the living.
Radical alter-digitalism aspires to a profound critique of digital technologies, without lapsing into a reactionary rhetoric that would suggest that “everything was better before”.
Radical alter-digitalism is not technocentric. It sees and defines itself at the crossroads and in the service of many other struggles: anti-capitalism, feminism, anti-racism (and all struggles for equality and against discrimination), social justice, ecology… Similarly, a Radical alter-digitalism will not happen without a profound transformation of political and economic systems.