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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RE: A human right... Really???
by brynet on Sun 5th Jun 2011 00:00 UTC in reply to "A human right... Really???"
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It is necessary, in the 21st century, as a primary and efficient means of distributing accessing information.

The digital age equivalent of a public library and free speech, or something like that.. ask your kids.

Edited 2011-06-05 00:01 UTC

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Maybe. I presume the UN's point of view is a free speech/access to information argument. I won't argue that the Internet is the most-used information conduit in the world today

On the other hand, "Free speech" at one time meant jumping up on the nearest tree stump and saying your peace. You were free to talk, or not. Others were free to listen, or not. But in general it was wholly based on the actions of the speaker and listeners; no one else, not a corporation, not a government, had to provide the "infrastructure" for them.

I suppose if the UN's position were refined to, "if I am willing and able to pay for Internet access at reasonable (yeah, there's still a weasel word) rates, I should have access to it, and should not be subject to arbitrary disconnection", I could support it. But "the public must bear the burden of getting everyone on the Internet" is something else entirely.

The point is probably moot, however. This will likely be roundly ignored by large monetary and governmental interests, as with the death penalty mentioned earlier. The US once upon a time had to break up AT&T's telephone monopoly, and it has been trying to reestablish itself under different names ever since.

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