Here are the 15 recommendations of the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy. You can download a short summary of the report here, or download the full report here (both PDFs).
Recommendation 1: Direct media policy toward innovation, competition, and support for business models that provide marketplace incentives for quality journalism.
Recommendation 2: Increase support for public service'media aimed at meeting community information needs.
Recommendation 3: Increase the role of higher education, community and nonproft institutions as hubs of journalistic activity and other information-sharing for local communities.
Recommendation 4: Require government at all levels to operate transparently, facilitate easy and low-cost access to public'records, and make civic and social data available in standardized'formats that support the productive public use of such data.
Recommendation 5: Develop systematic quality measures of community information ecologies, and study how they afect social outcomes.
Recommendation 6: Integrate digital and media literacy as critical elements for education at all levels through collaboration'among federal, state, and local education ofcials.
Recommendation 7: Fund and support public libraries and other community institutions as centers of digital'and media training, especially for adults.
Recommendation 8: Set ambitious standards for nationwide broadband availability and adopt public policies'encouraging consumer demand for broadband services.
Recommendation 9: Maintain the national commitment to open networks as a core objective of Internet policy.
Recommendation 10: Support the activities of information'providers to reach local audiences with quality content through'all appropriate media, such as mobile phones, radio, public access'cable, and new platforms.
Recommendation 11: Expand local media initiatives to'refect the full reality of the communities they represent.
Recommendation 12: Engage young people in developing the digital information and communication capacities of local communities.
Recommendation 13: Empower all citizens to participate actively in community self-governance, including local community summits to address community afairs and pursue common goals.
Recommendation 14: Emphasize community information flow in'the design and enhancement of a local community's public spaces.
Recommendation 15: Ensure that every local community'has at least one high-quality online hub.