Should Access to Internet Be Considered a Human Right?

Written by Phoebe Zi

There are many debatable topics in the world, and one such the  major topics is if internet access should be considered a human right -, meaning that everyone deserves the right to have access to the internet. The right to internet access is also known as the freedom to connect. The internet has evolved with extraordinary speed over the past few years and has since become a crucial part of our life. We use it to do online shopping, do research, communicate, and much more. Some people think that everyone should have access to the internet in order to enjoy their right to express what they feel, while others think that the internet is not important enough to be a human right because it isn’t a basic necessity.

Many people think that internet access should be a human right, and the UN is one of them. The UN recently declared that online freedom should be considered a human right. The idea behind the UN resolution says that the internet is a very important public resource for everyone, and everyone should have the right to use it.

Others think that access to the internet should be a human right because it helps a lot of people learn and is an excellent resource for learning. The resolution notes that access to the internet “facilitates vast opportunities for affordable and inclusive education globally,”. The UN thinks that if access to the internet is a human right, it can enhance the learning of women and children in places where they are disrespected or otherwise marginalised so that they can get better jobs. Many people support the idea that the rights we have offline should also be protected online because the internet is becoming more and more important for us, some people might not be able to survive without it. Most of the people that think internet access should be a human right are the people that use the internet the most or the people that founded certain websites because that would also benefit them if more people had access to the internet. For example, Mark Zuckerberg thinks that everyone has the right to access the internet because it is a way to achieve global justice, and it might even help solve “extreme poverty”.

Even though the 83 percent of the people in this world think that access to the internet is a human right, there are still some people who disagree. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said that internet access is not a human right. The FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly said internet access is not a necessity in America. Michael O’Rielly thinks that people can live without the internet, and the word necessity “should be reserved to those items that humans cannot live without, such as food, shelter, and water.” Most people that think internet access is not a human right agrees with O’Rielly; others are overstating the importance of the internet.

Another argument is that if internet access becomes a fundamental human right, it would cost a lot of money to distribute access to people all around the world. The question is, who would pay all that money to send internet access to everyone?

The debate about whether internet access should be a human right has raged on for many years, and I don’t think it will ever come to an end. After reading this article, do you think internet access should be considered a human right?

 

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