Friday, June 10, 2011

United Nations Declares Internet Access a Human Right

Thanks to Paula Kiely for sharing this post -- and for introducing me to what looks to be a "must-read" website.  Just added it to my Reader feed.

UN Declares Internet Access a Human Right. What Does This Really Mean? (Good, 6/10/2011)

Excerpt: So what does this declaration from the UN actually mean? The report concentrates on instituting policies protecting the right to assert oneself freely online, but is the UN pushing nations to provide more public WiFi access, as New York did this week? Or better facilities in libraries? It should. It's not enough for governments to refrain from actively denying people use of the Internet. They also have to help democratize its usage. The good news is that the 2010 Census data on Broadband usage (or lack thereof) is pushing the federal government to initiate more programs expanding access to rural areas.  ]Emphasis added.]

1 comment:

Rebecca said...

So are there any consequences for governing bodies that deny this human right? (can we arrest the WI legislature for their motion to stop WiscNet?)