Print Page | Close Window

Internet access to be a fundamental right

Printed From:
Category: General
Forum Name: Science & Technology
Forum Discription: It is devoted for Science & Technology
Printed Date: 21 April 2018 at 4:51am
Software Version: Web Wiz Forums 8.04 -

Topic: Internet access to be a fundamental right
Posted By: Angel
Subject: Internet access to be a fundamental right
Date Posted: 04 June 2010 at 8:36pm

Calls for internet access to be enshrined as a fundamental right


May 30, 2010

Internet use has become so woven into everyday life that some technology experts say online access should be legally protected, even to the point of considering it a human right.

''It's a social inclusion question,'' said Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre executive director David Vaile, who is alarmed film and music companies have sought to require internet service providers to disconnect individual accounts over unproven piracy allegations.

Mr Vaile said removing online access would potentially disenfranchise people from society. Australian copyright provisions allowing ''fair use'' were substantially less forgiving than US laws and threatened consumers here with losing their online access.

''The number of people who could be chucked off like this is quite huge,'' Mr Vaile said.

Almost two-thirds of Australian homes - more than 5 million households - now have broadband access, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The federal government wants to expand this access via the planned $43 billion national broadband network, which aims to connect 90 per cent of Australian homes to a high-speed network of 100 megabits per second. The rest would be connected using wireless and satellite technologies.

The call to safeguard online access is not without precedent. In France and Greece, consumers have a legal right to internet access. In Finland and Estonia, it has been enshrined as a human right. Earlier this year, the BBC commissioned a GlobeScan survey of more than 27,000 people in 26 countries that found 79 per cent of adults regarded online access as a fundamental right.

Internet community activist Brett Solomon, the former head of GetUp! and now executive director of in the US, backed Mr Vaile's call to safeguard online access.

''Access to the internet is both a gateway to other rights and a right unto itself,'' Mr Solomon said, describing it as ''essential to the enjoyment of one's basic human rights''. He said online access was central to freedom of expression. ''Without access citizens cannot fully participate in modern democracy,'' he said.

Australian Human Rights Commission president Catherine Branson, QC, said the commission had not yet looked at internet access as a human right. But it did recognise internet access may raise issues ''relevant to the right to freedom of expression'' as defined in a United Nations covenant on civil and political rights.

Source: - The Sydney Morning Herald -

~ Our feet are earthbound, but our hearts and our minds have wings ~

Posted By: Matt Browne
Date Posted: 08 June 2010 at 7:25am
I agree. Everyone should have Internet access.

A religion that's intolerant of other religions can't be the world's best religion --Abdel Samad
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people--Eleanor Roosevelt

Posted By: alexander38sing
Date Posted: 02 November 2010 at 2:16am
In the world many people used internet because it gives various information in a seconds.


Posted By: schmikbob
Date Posted: 03 November 2010 at 2:28pm
Internet access is no more a human right than cell phone useage and ownership or car ownership

Posted By: chris1999
Date Posted: 30 December 2010 at 1:52pm
I agree. while useful and helpful in all sorts of scenarios. internet access isnt a human right. Those should be reserved for things that actually do matter, like mutual respect, peace, etc

Posted By: muhammadali3b
Date Posted: 06 January 2011 at 3:03am
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and I will say it shoud be mandatory (like in the USA constitution) to have it as a basic human right.

Posted By: Gibbs
Date Posted: 07 January 2011 at 10:59am

I disagree.....And I believe me and bob are on the same page...Internet is a priviledge, not a right just like having a driver's licese is a priviledge, not a right. If we say human right then we go into the discussion whether when viewing the internet should we have the right to look at naked children? Pedophilia is against the law and looking, and saving images of naked children is not socially wrong but its illegal.

When referring to "human rights" I believe the focus should be on, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness (logical happiness). Human rights refer to things that are naturally established. We can live withou the internet, what we cannot live without is liberty since being captive is not a fulfilling life and thus inevitably we die in that condition. Living without internet we may become informationless, but we still can live, besides there is always the news paper!

Posted By: schmikbob
Date Posted: 08 January 2011 at 9:57pm
What about FOX news?  I think access to FOX news should be a fundamental right.  I feel disenfranchised if I don't get to watch it.

Posted By: Gibbs
Date Posted: 09 January 2011 at 12:49pm
Originally posted by schmikbob

What about FOX news? I think access to FOX news should be a fundamental right. I feel disenfranchised if I don't get to watch it.

Becareful. If you ask for Fox News you maybe labeled Jewish

Posted By: tim66stones
Date Posted: 13 January 2011 at 6:39am

I think it has great benefits, but I don't think it is as important as clean drinking water, food and education.

Print Page | Close Window

Bulletin Board Software by Web Wiz Forums version 8.04 -
Copyright ©2001-2006 Web Wiz Guide -