Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 4th Jun 2011 19:52 UTC
Internet & Networking Since it's weekend, let's start with some good news we can all be happy about. The United Nations has declared internet access a human right, and has called upon all nations to not instate any laws that have the power to cut people off the internet, with France and the UK being singled out because they passed three strikes laws.
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pantheraleo
Member since:
2007-03-07

So is hot water, clean water, electricity or medical care.


Well, actually, access to clean water is pretty much a necessity to human life. Without clean water, we tend to get bacterial and/or parasitic infections and die. The same could be argued for medical care. Without at least basic medical care, quality and length of life would be greatly reduced.

When it comes to the Internet however, one could live a long and healthy life without ever using it or ever having access to it. So I really don't think your comparison is valid.

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Luminair Member since:
2007-03-30

Lots of people don't have clean water. I think your comparison is invalid

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pantheraleo Member since:
2007-03-07

Lots of people don't have clean water. I think your comparison is invalid


I know lots of people don't have access to clean water. And lots of people in 3rd world countries die every day because of that. The fact that it is a basic human right doesn't mean everyone actually has it.

My point was that the Internet is not necessary for survival. It's not even necessary to live a quality life. We all managed to live pretty happy lives up until about the early 1990s without the internet (when it really started to become available to home users). Of course, there is a generation of young people now who never lived in a world without the Internet. I can understand how it might be difficult for them to understand how it was possible to live without it.

It's even possible to make a legitimate argument that we lived happier lives before the Internet, because we weren't obsessed with constantly being in contact with the office, etc. But I'm not going to have that debate. I think my point remains that it's difficult to argue that the Internet is necessary for human life. Clean water definitely is though.

Edited 2011-06-06 02:43 UTC

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JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

When it comes to the Internet however, one could live a long and healthy life without ever using it or ever having access to it. So I really don't think your comparison is valid.


"one could live a long and healthy life" without a roof over your head, freedom of expression or freedom of religion. Yet those are somehow part of the human rights convention.

BTW: Which comparison? That human rights are not always necessities of life, but stretch much more than that? Or that internet is like a library?

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