Whacky Weekend: Is Internet Access a Human Right?

Franck Martin fmartin at linkedin.com
Thu Jan 5 14:11:21 CST 2012


On 1/5/12 8:07 , "Jay Ashworth" <jra at baylink.com> wrote:

>----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Zaid Ali" <zaid at zaidali.com>
>
>> On 1/5/12 7:22 AM, "Jay Ashworth" <jra at baylink.com> wrote:
>> 
>> >Vint Cerf says no: http://j.mp/wwL9Ip
>> >
>
>The question here is "is *access to* the Internet a human right,
>something 
>which the government ought to recognize and protect"?  I sort of think it
>is,
>myself... and I think that Vint is missing the point: *all* of the things
>we generally view as human rights are enablers to other things, and we
>generally dub them *as those things*, by synecdoche... at least in my
>experience.

The basic human right is free speech, this is how the Internet gets
protected, by proxy.

But then... I think only the US claims to have free speech as a
constitutional right. This is not in the mind of many Europeans...




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