Internet access is 'a fundamental right'

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.

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

news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8548190.stm

Wow. I would hate to be without the internet - it has made my life immeasurably better. However, is internet access really a fundamental human right like access to food, shelter, and medical care?

More information about the poll can be found here:
globescan.com/news_archives/bbc2010_internet/

Apparently the poll was conducted by phone and by in person interviews.

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Wow. I would hate to be without the internet - it has made my life immeasurably better. However, is internet access really a fundamental human right like access to food, shelter, and medical care?

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No more so than television, IMO.

No wonder our world is so disordered and broken! Society is in desperate need of healing!

Internet access a basic right? Works for me. As long as it's free and has download speeds in the gig-per-sec range :rolleyes:

DaveBj

The Internet has also caused a lot of problems. I'm currently in a conundrum. I am proficient at the Internet and use it for many things. But at the same time, I've struggled with porn. I've removed my internet card from my computer and now I have a removable USB key for Internet. I can leave it at my office or with someone else to prevent my access to the Internet. But I want to start an online business. Difficult situation.

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