In order to establish a sustainable policy for safeguarding and promoting European and global linguistic diversity, policies for digital development have to be embraced. With so much of our lives happening on the internet and through digital devices, the digital domain represents a context that cannot be ignored.
If we are to ensure European digital language diversity for future generations we need substantive European level policies and legislation that acts to protect that diversity. If not speakers of these languages are facing a digital time-bomb as with current trajectories of digital development they will be excluded from using their own language in an increasingly digitized society.
Key recommendations are for legislation to ensure that States develop digital services in lesser-used languages so as to deal with the impending digital timebomb; and the extension of the Digital Language Diversity Project to conduct a Europe-wide survey for the EU on the digital needs of all European lesser-used languages.