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Should the internet be a fundamental right?

80 % people around the world believe that internet access is a fundamental right.
The revolution in Egypt shows that internet (in that case mostly Twitter) is the tool to enhance ideas. TED.com is another example of that.
But as the same time people around the world do not have access to this magnificent and even if they have, it is under surveillance.
In we look at the Egyptian revolution, you will that the impact and the spread of the idea of 'we can change our country' came from the internet. Twitter was not only a logistic tool but also a powerful spreading tool.
Mass media follow the revolution on Twitter.
So my question is 'should the internet be a fundamental right?'
And if it is how do we define it?


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    Mar 3 2011: Yes. Freedom to access the largest compendium of human knowledge on the face of the Earth? Is that even a question? The internet is the first truly global society, it improves with every member. Every Troll, White Knight, Noob, and Goon adds to the richness and fullness of this electronic social landscape. It can facilitate a step forward in our evolution as a species. We are in essence a super-organism, the internet is an opportunity for humanity to recognize that and consciously act as one. Far-reaching vision, perhaps, but there it is.

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