Your Human Rights

Whilst on my travels I tend to pop back to England via the internet, every morning to see what is happening in the world. The BBC are running this article ...

I will leave the point of view to you, currently I have none, but quote with interest:

“Countries such as Finland and Estonia have already ruled that [Internet] access is a human right for their citizens.“

For a medium that is at least 40 years old and has only been freely available for less than 15 of these years. The impact has been considerable in enabling expression, free speech and international communication. Whilst it has become the source of additional issues in protecting our children as well as our computer. It has enabled many to share their views valid or otherwise in an environment that is ‘open to all’.

Now we can obtain the internet on our phones, netbooks, laptops, home computers, televisions and microwave ovens (yes, there was an internet enabled micro-ding!). The access to a range of social, technical, educational, commercial and recreational resources (the list does not stop there) is available to all.

The article gives a breakdown of what the concerns of many are, regarding the Internet and also shares that these are the views of the net enabled as well as non-net enabled.

“Almost four in five people around the world believe that access to the internet is a fundamental right, a poll for the BBC World Service suggests. The survey - of more than 27,000 adults across 26 countries - found strong support for net access on both sides of the digital divide.”

I will leave you to read and contemplate this article, the full findings are attached.


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