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MsSquid 06-10-2011 09:31 AM

The United Nations Now Considers the Internet to be a Basic Human Right
United Nations report: Internet access is a human right -


Internet access is a human right, according to a United Nations report released on Friday.

"Given that the Internet has become an indispensable tool for realizing a range of human rights, combating inequality, and accelerating development and human progress, ensuring universal access to the Internet should be a priority for all states," said the report from Frank La Rue, a special rapporteur to the United Nations, who wrote the document "on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression."

La Rue said in his report that access to the Internet is particularly important during times of political unrest, as demonstrated by the recent "Arab Spring" uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, among other countries. (More...)
This will either end up being world changing, or won't effect anything at all. I'm going with the latter considering it was posted on June 3rd and the internet hasn't made it go crazy viral yet. Either way, it's nice to see that we're moving ever so closer to a cyberpunk dystopia. What do you think?

kag 06-10-2011 10:14 PM

means now your kid can sue you for not giving them internet?
this is dumb
Internet is a luxury not a need

Torikakae 06-10-2011 10:17 PM

"Mom won't let me log into Facebook! I'm calling Child Support!!"

Kudaranai 06-10-2011 10:33 PM

Except that the internet is similar to how telephones were a few decades ago. But now you expect everyone to have phones, right?

I mean, it seems silly if you consider that people are only using it for entertainment (youtube, facebook, gaming) but don't forget that some people's careers and livelihood depend on this too. Not to mention that a lot of things we do daily requires internet connection to the points where, eventually, internet will replace it totally.

We don't really consider and like, sit down and count the things we do that actually require internet connections on the daily basis. Can we live without internets? Sure, millions of people are doing that right now but things won't be like this in the future, when people will expect that you have internet like you do phones today.

NoeJeko 06-10-2011 10:52 PM


Originally Posted by Kudaranai (Post 1548552)
some people's careers and livelihood depend on this too.

QFT. Internet is critical enough for my job that my company will pay for it. Also, it's an invaluable tool for job hunters and it's only going to get more important in the next 5 years.

kag 06-11-2011 02:18 AM

still i don't see why is it a right, at least not yet.
so UN is going to go around the world providing food, water, electricity, education and internet(?).

But it might cause of the recent use of social network to overthrow egypt probably made them think it was a good democratic power. (probably they are hoping to do the same for China, N.Korea and every other country ruled by and overlord of some sort)
They are probably hoping this can change the country entirely so they will never be oppressed. (My guess)

This can't work in many places cause UN doesn't own all the international internet connections.

kag 01-06-2012 05:15 AM


But that argument, however well meaning, misses a larger point: technology is an enabler of rights, not a right itself. There is a high bar for something to be considered a human right. Loosely put, it must be among the things we as humans need in order to lead healthy, meaningful lives, like freedom from torture or freedom of conscience. It is a mistake to place any particular technology in this exalted category, since over time we will end up valuing the wrong things. For example, at one time if you didn’t have a horse it was hard to make a living. But the important right in that case was the right to make a living, not the right to a horse. Today, if I were granted a right to have a horse, I’m not sure where I would put it.

Cornflake 01-08-2012 12:09 PM


Originally Posted by Kudaranai (Post 1548552)
people will expect that you have internet like you do phones today.

i haven't had a phone for over a year. if someone wants to reach me they can email me.

anyway i'm happy about the news even though i don't fully agree with it. maybe this will make it more difficult to restrict access to the internet in certain areas (china i'm looking at you).

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