[governance] Internet access is 'a fundamental right'
keerti.nagappa at gmail.com
Mon Mar 8 12:37:50 EST 2010
Great! Thanks for sharing the report.
On 8 March 2010 08:50, Parminder <parminder at itforchange.net> wrote:
> *For the rights skeptics, if they believe in people's verdict :)*
> (also enclosed full report )
> Internet access is 'a fundamental right'
> *Almost four in five people around the world believe that access to the
> internet is a fundamental right, a poll for the BBC World Service suggests.
> The survey - of more than 27,000 adults across 26 countries - found strong
> support for net access on both sides of the digital divide.
> Countries such as Finland and Estonia have already ruled that access is a
> human right for their citizens.
> International bodies such as the UN are also pushing for universal net
> The right to communicate cannot be ignored," Dr Hamadoun Toure,
> secretary-general of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), told
> BBC News.
> "The internet is the most powerful potential source of enlightenment ever
> He said that governments must "regard the internet as basic infrastructure
> - just like roads, waste and water".
> "We have entered the knowledge society and everyone must have access to
> The survey, conducted by GlobeScan for the BBC, also revealed divisions on
> the question of government oversight of some aspects of the net.
> Web users questioned in South Korea and Nigeria felt strongly that
> governments should never be involved in regulation of the internet. However,
> a majority of those in China and the many European countries disagreed.
> In the UK, for example, 55% believed that there was a case for some
> government regulation of the internet.
> *Rural retreat*
> The finding comes as the UK government tries to push through its
> controversial Digital Economy Bill.
> As well as promising to deliver universal broadband in the UK by 2012, the
> bill could also see a so-called "three strikes rule" become law.
> This rule would give regulators new powers to disconnect or slow down the
> net connections of persistent illegal file-sharers. Other countries, such as
> France, are also considering similar laws.
> Recently, the EU adopted an internet freedom provision, stating that any
> measures taken by member states that may affect citizen's access to or use
> of the internet "must respect the fundamental rights and freedoms of
> In particular, it states that EU citizens are entitled to a "fair and
> impartial procedure" before any measures can be taken to limit their net
> The EU is also committed to providing universal access to broadband.
> However, like many areas around the world the region is grappling with how
> to deliver high-speed net access to rural areas where the market is
> reluctant to go.
> Analysts say that is a problem many countries will increasingly have to
> deal with as citizens demand access to the net.
> The BBC survey found that 87% of internet users felt internet access should
> be the "fundamental right of all people".
> More than 70% of non-users felt that they should have access to the net.
> Overall, almost 79% of those questioned said they either strongly agreed or
> somewhat agreed with the description of the internet as a fundamental right
> - whether they currently had access or not.
> *Free speech*
> Countries such as Mexico, Brazil and Turkey most strongly support the idea
> of net access as a right, the survey found.
> More than 90% of those surveyed in Turkey, for example, stated that
> internet access is a fundamental right - more than those in any other
> European Country.
> South Korea - the most wired country on Earth - had the greatest majority
> of people (96%) who believed that net access was a fundamental right. Nearly
> all of the country's citizens already enjoy high-speed net access.
> The survey also revealed that the internet is rapidly becoming a vital part
> of many people's lives in a diverse range of nations.
> In Japan, Mexico and Russia around three-quarters of respondents said they
> could not cope without it.
> Most of those questioned also said that they believed the web had a
> positive impact, with nearly four in five saying it had brought them greater
> However, many web users also expressed concerns. The dangers of fraud, the
> ease of access to violent and explicit content and worries over privacy were
> the most concerning aspects for those questioned.
> A majority of users in Japan, South Korea and Germany felt that they could
> not express their opinions safely online, although in Nigeria, India and
> Ghana there was much more confidence about speaking out.
> You received this message as a subscriber on the list:
> governance at lists.cpsr.org
> To be removed from the list, send any message to:
> governance-unsubscribe at lists.cpsr.org
> For all list information and functions, see:
> Translate this email: http://translate.google.com/translate_t
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
-------------- next part --------------
You received this message as a subscriber on the list:
governance at lists.cpsr.org
To be removed from the list, send any message to:
governance-unsubscribe at lists.cpsr.org
For all list information and functions, see:
Translate this email: http://translate.google.com/translate_t
More information about the Governance