Jeremy Corbyn proposes digital bill of rights for UK web users including an online citizen's passport & working contract agreements

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has proposed a seven-point plan to transform the UK's web industry with the launch of his digital democracy manifesto.

Jeremy Corbyn addressing Milton Keynes

As he fights to retain the leadership of his party, Corbyn has proposed a digital bill of rights for UK citizens, bringing into play a digital citizen passport that would be able to help users control the online data attached with the identity. With these IDs implemented, the party states it would “protect the human right of individual privacy with strict laws against the unauthorised hacking of Digital Citizen Passports by either public bodies or private individuals”.

Furthermore, he pledged to introduce new laws guaranteeing employment contract and the trade union membership rights for those in the digital industries.

Elsewhere the bill promised to reinforce local broadcasting with changes to the BBC charter and support net neutrality through the government’s work with Ofcom in addition to a reformation of intellectual property law.

Finally, digital citizen passport holders would be automatically placed upon the electoral register in a bid to digitise democracy “where everybody can be a political decision-maker”.

The scheme was launched in London's tech heartland Shoreditch with Corbyn hailing the party’s newfound embrace of technology as the party's "path to victory" in 2020, according to the BBC.

“We have thousands of young volunteers on our campaign taking part in this digital revolution. We will channel this new energy and creativity into Labour's general election campaign whenever it comes.

"It is in this way that Labour can get back into government. Labour, under my leadership, will utilise the advance of digital technology to mobilise the most visible general election campaign ever."

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