- Simon Tam
- Portland, OR
- United States
Director of Marketing & Business Development, The Slants LLC
Is Internet Access a Right or a Priveledge?
In recent conversations regarding SOPA and PIPA, many consumers have voiced their concerns about their "rights." Do you think that the internet (at least in the current state) is a right, or is it more akin to what DMV argues about driving, a priveledge?
Some argue that access to the information is an inherent right. However, to use a computer or check out books at a library, one is still required to fill out an application and get an ID (and have rights/responsibilities). Other than paying for internet access, we don't seem to have many restrictions, and the legal ones in place or limited at best.
Should free speech rules apply? Is access to that information a right?