The Digital Single Market is a new project which aims to unify EU countries online and ensure individuals in every member state have equal access to resources and commercial opportunities. The idea, as stated on their website, is to improve people’s lives and provide a simple and accessible way to connect, and converse. The goal, in reality, is to promote the free flow of online services and entertainment across national borders.
Although we’re not mad on the name (it feels cold and too corporate), the idea is an interesting one. Next month, the EU will officially set out its proposal for a strategy to make the Digital Single Market a useful and efficient way to access information and connect with people (although the report has already, unofficially, been leaked), but the DSM site as it is, is still very much in beta phase – some links don’t work and it looks messy.
The website is also multilingual. Currently, the text is in French, German and English. The site also looks like it wants to be a crowdsourcing effort, with Ideas, Evidence and Video pages all allowing members (you have to register to use the site), the ability to upload and share data. There’s even a page for polls asking things like, “Should there be a multilingual news source to enhance the exchange between countries without constant English-filter?” Touché.
The site also wants to encourage general debate. And that’s where child welfare comes in (and how we found the site). One conversation thread, which appears to have been started by someone working for the European Child Safety Online NGO Network (ENACSO) is entitled, “Removal and blocking of child abuse images (‘child pornography’)” It’s just a small piece that makes no controversial or questioning remarks, but it clearly hopes to incite conversation.
Whether this site will take off is yet to be seen, but it is a noteworthy development within the digital revolution and an interesting platform for its implicit political agenda and its part too, to play in the work revolution.