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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 4 2011: I believe that the internet should be available to anyone that wants it. Without going into the whole "free speach" debate i dont see how a government can justify manipulating or restricting the content made available. The internet allows people to interact with others around the world, opening their minds and promotes ideas and innovation to be developed and spread. However, I do think that it can do more harm than good in some cases. Take wikileaks for example, some say it is good, but if in the long run it incites violence then in my opinion that is dangerous.

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