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Global Voices

 Street News Service 13 May 2019

(Originally published: 04/2010) "Do you think that the Internet should be classified as a basic human right?" With Estonia and Finland ruling web access as a fundamental right, and the UN pushing to have the Internet available to all. But is it necessary? (339 words) - By Street News Service

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Sofie Romme from Denmark - 4 more images available

Name: Harald Berstad.
Age: 39
Occupation: Lawyer
City of residence: Bergen, Norway

I think everybody should have a right to have a free opinion, also on the internet. But if they mean that it should be a basic human right to have access to the internet, I think, not. That would be impossible in real life, and it's not natural to define as a basic human right.

Name: Sofie Romme
Age: 32
Occupation: Freelance illustrator and chef
City of residence: Copenhagen, Denmark

I regard 'basic human right' as a rather big term, but the notion of Internet being a right is beginning to dawn on me. At the moment whole groups of people - the elderly and the homeless to name but two - have no access to the Internet, which is becoming a growing problem in an era where the government and the social system increasingly operate online.

Name: Mickey John Kaze
Age:. 22
Occupation: Student
City of Residence: Bujumbura, Burundi

I think that the Internet is a right because each and every person has the right to access as much information as they need. It's freedom of expression on the part of the person who gives the opinion and the person who searches for it, knowing that they are free to do so under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Name: Nina Palmer
Age: 33
Occupation: Designer
City of residence: Vancouver, Canada

I think it would be nice, but I think we need to focus on improving access to other human rights first, like education and housing. Having access to the internet is important, because it is such an important source of information, but probably something that we should look to a little farther down the chain.

Name: Antonio Cordero III
Age: 22 years old
Occupation: Student - incoming first year in university
City of residence: Manila, Philippines

I think the internet should be declared as a basic human right in the Philippines for easy access to information for students, working people and people from all walks of life.


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