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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 6 2011: Freedom to meet, assemble. interact & communicate to the others in your environment, before becoming your fundamental right, has been a condition, requirement of becoming a human being. Brave & intelligent Maugli was not developed as a human since he was limited to collaborate & interact to fauna members only. That is, interaction is first a neurological & psychological requirement, and 2nd - an ethical/political/legislative value.
    Humans go on developing after they have already become human beings, and Internet is a medium for interactions in both close vicinity and in global. It is good to be global, but it is not psychologically essential. Anyway, Internet is a useful tool even for all those who are not apt to be global. Internet might radically change, might lose its name, but the vehicle for interaction & collaboration will be urgently needed in every ongoing generation.
    To sum up, a tool to do local & global interactions is 1st a condition and 2nd (3rd, 4th, etc.) a medium.

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