The Internet is Now a Human Right

According to the UN, the Internet is now a human right.  As an observer of issues related to the digital divide and network neutrality, I am overjoyed by this proclamation.

“There should be as little restriction as possible to the flow of information via the Internet, except in a few, very exceptional, and limited circumstances prescribed by international human rights law,” Mr. La Rue stressed. [and librarians agree]

“In recent months, we have seen a growing movement of people around the world who are advocating for change – for justice, equality, accountability of the powerful and better respect for human rights,” Mr. La Rue said while presenting his new report* on the right to freedom of opinion and expression on the Internet to the UN Human Rights Council.

This is true, and yet we know of bloggers who are jailed in certain countries because of what or how they express themselves.  This is a step in the right direction, and hopefully a wake up call for American politicians.



Filed under digital divide, human rights, net neutrality

2 responses to “The Internet is Now a Human Right

  1. Ian

    I agree entirely. It also raises interesting questions for those that are trying to close libraries. After all, for many people, that is the only way they can access the internet.

  2. Ian, you are totally correct. I recently posted about information deserts at libraries and transliteracy.

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