Is Internet access a basic human right?
If internet access is indeed a basic human right, should there be a limit to the extent of expression online, asks Laura Mtaini
July 9, 2012 4:35 by kippreport
Last week, the 47 countries member of the Human Rights Council of the UN passed a resolution which stated people should be allowed to connect to and express themselves freely on the Internet. Interestingly this resolution was signed by countries which have had a slightly contentious relationship with censorship and the Internet—including China and Cuba.
Since its advent in 1973, the Internet has become increasingly important. Nowadays, the internet is omnipresent. It is a source of news, gossip, social networking, information, the Internet has also become a source of expression.
So the big question is: is Internet access a basic human right? Should there be some kind of limit to freedom of expression on the Internet?