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Farid HUMBLOT

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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 7 2011: I think that you can state that internet access is a fundamental right only if you accept that Internet is NOT a media. In fact you cannot state that mass media such as TV or Radio are fundamental rights, can you? But the potential to get informed and keep in touch with people is really a fundamental right. It is similar to pursuit of happiness, which is a fundamental right of every human being.

    I see the Internet as the easiest way to access information and connect with others. It is the main access to a world of possibilities. That's why I think IT IS a fundamental right.

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