"Next president should launch the Digital New Deal" by Helen De Michiel, NAMAC

"Our next president can help reconstruct America's fragmented and relatively weak public communications infrastructure by using the most effective tool our youth wield - the power and depth of their digital fluency.

This eager, highly knowledgeable, connected and multitasking first generation of digital natives - "millennials" coming of age now who have used computers and the Internet since childhood - can be put to work in a WPA-inspired Digital New Deal to build out a networked national public commons that bolsters our international competitiveness."

Read more of this excellent editorial by De Michiel, national co-director of the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC), based in San Francisco.